Thursday, March 8, 2018

heARTing Japanese war brides on International Women's Day



Yuri dances in drag;
playing a man's role in a kimono she sewed
konnichi-wa, heARTists and heART lovers everywhere.

it’s the 8th day of the 3rd month and time to celebrate International Women’s Day around the world. while we do so, let’s also remember our pioneering war brides from Japan.

after interviewing several brides last year, many of their children, some of their grandchildren and even one of their great grandchildren, i have come to admire the amazing accomplishments of these women—Yuri the heARTist included.

first of all, to meet, fall in love with, and marry a man who was a former enemy who helped bombed their country and possibly killed or maimed their loved ones, these women were able to find within themselves the capacity to forgive. they also embraced hope by becoming involved with foreign men despite incurring the wrath of their relatives—some who disowned them—and being shunned by other Japanese who saw their marriages to Americans as an act of disloyalty.

Yuri sewed this heart from fabric

some Japanese women had relationships with military men who abandoned them and left them to raise mixed race children alone. in the mono-racial society of post-WWII Japan, it was very difficult for a gaijin or outsider to find acceptance, especially a child who looked different and served to remind Japanese they had lost the war.

this whimsical dancer and cherry blossoms were painted on a piece of driftwood by Yuri

for the Japanese women who married American GI's, it was challenging to move to America during Jim Crow and segregation. at the time, 16 states still upheld anti-miscegenation laws forbidding whites to marry anyone other than whites.

Japanese women who married African American men became 'black by default' and were denied housing, dining out privileges and other recreational activities reserved only for whites.


Yuri carved this sparrow inside a thick piece of wood

most brides spoke broken English and were discriminated against by store clerks, cashiers and others who held anti-Japanese sentiment because of WWII. 

many Japanese war brides lived in isolation if they weren’t in dependent quarters on military bases. often, these women were the singular war bride in their neighborhood, the only one in an interracial marriage, the lone Asian and always the only person of Japanese ancestry where they lived.

one of Yuri's many oil paintings depicting the sea and a longing for her home across the ocean

with no long distance calls back then, nor daily flights overseas, war brides resorted to writing letters back home. many were homesick for the culture they had grown up with and for the foods they had eaten which were not available in most of the US.

Yuri's all-American apple pie, one of the many 'foreign' foods she grew to love cooking

yet these women persevered, creating families and holding jobs, often sharing knowledge of Japanese culture with others in their environment. to those wonderful women, we have created a documentary film that honors them just as we honor all women on this day.


these Heian-era dolls with plum blossoms were painted on wood by Yuri

as for Yuri, please enjoy the art she created seen on this blog post. as an artist, poet, dancer, chef, tailor, gardener, mother and wife, she embodied the spirit of the ever achieving Japanese war bride.



until June 8, we are...
Yuri's Fans Forever

Friday, December 8, 2017

a heARTfelt hapa holiday!

konnichi-wa, heARTists and heART lovers worldwide.

a 60's holiday party starring Yuri
it’s 8th day of the 12th month and nearly the end of 2017. with our focus on completing the War Brides of Japan documentary film, we’ve decided to change our scheduled posts for 2018. 

look for us quarterly on these dates:

March 8

June 8

September 8

December 8

since Yuri’s birthday is April 8 and Buddha’s is celebrated that same day in many Asian countries, too, we’ll keep our 8th day theme, but only post quarterly.

meanwhile, in honor of the holidays, we present some of Yuri’s culinary and decorative heARTwork below.

xmas dinner of homemade vegan lumpia, collard greens, inarizushi, corn, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce & salad

Yuri made these cut-out clothes from origami paper & hung them with mini clothespins

she hung them on cut pine branches along with other handmade trinkets

pines are considered lucky in Japanese culture as pine trees live a long time 

Yuri cut out these images from colorful magazines...
...then hung them with tiny dolls on pine branches

she also loved to wrap gifts...
...and add simple decorations around the house...
like this poinsettia

Muffin welcomes guests at the gate where Yuri's handmade wreath hangs

sometimes Muffin wasn't exactly attentive to her duties
another of Yuri's handmade wreaths hangs outside near the front door

and here are the usual links to our War Brides of Japan documentary film:

war brides of Japan videos:
youtube 88.1 Fresno interview
vimeo behind-the-scenes trailer
youtube behind-the-scenes trailer
vimeo pre-production trailer
youtube pre-production trailer
youtube v.2
youtube v.1

war brides of Japan websites:

warbridesofjapan.com
weebly
jimdo

war brides of Japan news:

multiracial media
DIFT interview
NBC
international examiner
international examiner 2
discover nikkei

war brides of Japan Facebook:

fan page

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:

how they learned to forgive and love the enemy
making love, not war
those bad ass brides!

war brides of Japan Twitter:

watermelonsushi

war brides of Japan G+:

google plus

war brides of Japan blogs:

on the road
tumblR

a war bride's artwork:

iamartistyuriko
heartworkbyyuri

hapa new year! ja!

Yuri’s Fans Forever

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

dog days with heARTist Yuriko

konnichi-wa all heARTists and heART lovers of the universe!

Yuri cooks and Muffin waits
it’s the 8th day of the 11th month and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.

at this point, you probably know that our documentary, War Brides of Japan—featuring women like Yuri, is well into post-production and our title has been added to IMDB:


but back to Yuri and her heARTwork. last month, we shared some of Yuri’s cat paintings, so this month we’ll post the photo of her single dog painting--her portrait of the regal Princess. ironically, while Yuri loved painting cats (as attested to by her numerous portraits of them), she preferred the company of dogs.

check it out!

the regal Princess who was later replaced
by the rambunctious Muffin





















and check out our War Brides of Japan links, too:

war brides of Japan videos:
youtube 88.1 Fresno interview

war brides of Japan websites:
warbridesofjapan.com
jimdo

war brides of Japan news:
multiracial media

war brides of Japan Facebook:
fan page

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:
how they learned to forgive and love the enemy

war brides of Japan Twitter:
watermelonsushi

war brides of Japan G+:
google plus

war brides of Japan blogs:
on the road

a war bride's artwork:
iamartistyuriko
heartworkbyyuri

Yuri and Muffin dance 
Muffin sits and begs

until the next 8th day of the month, arf arf and bow wow.

ja!

Yuri's Fans Forever!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

cats, cats, cats!

konnichi-wa heARTists, heARTwork lovers, and lovers of cats! it’s the 8th day of the 10th month and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.

as you’re well aware, we’re headed down the finish line with our War Brides of Japan film. in fact, we now appear on IMDB:


and, we’re currently working with our amazing composer, LaCat. just listen to some of her older tracks at this link:


in honor of our working with Cat, we’re sharing two of Yuri’s paintings that feature cats.

enjoy! you can view more of Yuri’s heARTwork at the link below, titled 'iamartistyuriko'. 

and here are the rest of the links to the War Brides of Japan documentary:













come join our Facebook group, Japanese War Brides & Families & Friends
or follow our fan page War Brides of Japan.

meanwhile, enjoy the links to the War Brides of Japan documentary below:

war brides of Japan videos:
youtube 88.1 Fresno interview
vimeo behind-the-scenes trailer
youtube behind-the-scenes trailer
vimeo pre-production trailer
youtube pre-production trailer
youtube v.2
youtube v.1

war brides of Japan websites:
warbridesofjapan.com
weebly
jimdo

war brides of Japan news:
multiracial media
DIFT interview
NBC
international examiner
international examiner 2
discover nikkei

war brides of Japan Facebook:
fan page

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:
how they learned to forgive and love the enemy
making love, not war
those bad ass brides!

war brides of Japan Twitter:
watermelonsushi

war brides of Japan G+:
google plus

war brides of Japan blogs:
on the road
tumblR

a war bride's artwork:
iamartistyuriko
heartworkbyyuri

ja!

Yuri's Fans Forever!




Friday, September 8, 2017

flora Yuri

painted on a coaster
konnichi-wa, heARTists and heART lovers around the world.

it’s the 8th day of the 9th month, and time to show off a little more of Yuri’s heARTwork.

while we’re still busy in post with our documentary, War Brides of Japan, we’ll make it quick.



besides being an incredible artist, Yuri also had a green thumb. a long-time lover of all varieties of flowers, she loved creating art with that theme as much as she enjoyed growing flora.



this is painted on canvas
this piece is made of silk

please join our Facebook group page: Japanese War Brides & Families & Friends to share your photos of the war bride in your life. you can also follow our fan page
War Brides of Japan.

meanwhile, enjoy the links to the War Brides of Japan documentary below:

war brides of Japan videos:
youtube 88.1 Fresno interview
vimeo behind-the-scenes trailer
youtube behind-the-scenes trailer
vimeo pre-production trailer
youtube pre-production trailer
youtube v.2
youtube v.1

war brides of Japan websites:
warbridesofjapan.com
weebly
jimdo

war brides of Japan news:
multiracial media
DIFT interview
NBC
international examiner
international examiner 2
discover nikkei

war brides of Japan Facebook:
fan page

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:
how they learned to forgive and love the enemy
making love, not war
those bad ass brides!

war brides of Japan Twitter:
watermelonsushi

war brides of Japan G+:
google plus

war brides of Japan blogs:
on the road
tumblR

a war bride's artwork:
iamartistyuriko
heartworkbyyuri

arrigatou gozaimasu.

Yuri’s Fans Forever




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

material girl

konnichi-wa to heARTists and heART lovers everywhere!

it’s the 8th day of the 8th month and time to share more of Yuri’s amazing heARTwork.

again, we’re in post production on our War Brides of Japan documentary. so, we’ll have to keep this blog post short and sweet.

btw, you can request membership in our Facebook group, Japanese War Brides & Families & Friends, where we discuss our Japanese war bride mothers.

a favorite medium for Yuri to work in was material. how that girl loved to sew!

here, she's dressed as the famous judo sensei Sanshiro Sugata in a kimono she made herself for this particular dance recital.

Yuri as Sanshiro

and here, she shows off a kimono and a football helmut she designed for her grandson when he was  just a toddler.

boy's kimono

handmade football helmut

that’s it, Yuri's fans. short and sweet, but please check out the links below for more about the film.

war brides of Japan videos:

war brides of Japan websites:

war brides of Japan news:

war brides of Japan Facebook:

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:

war brides of Japan Twitter:

war brides of Japan G+:

war brides of Japan blogs:

a war bride's artwork:

arrigatou gozaimasu!

Yuri’s Fans Forever!



Saturday, July 8, 2017

food as heARTwork

chef Yuri
konnichi-wa, heARTwork fans!


it’s the 8th day of the 7th month and time to share a little of Yuri’s heARTwork.

once again, we’re in the midst of editing the War Brides of Japan documentary. so we’ll leave you with some of Yuri’s favorite homemade heARTwork—food. enjoy!


first course, salad in a jar!
broccoli, bean soup, aforementioned salad & natto...what? no gohan?
and for dessert, freshly-baked Mom's apple pie

and here are the links to the War Brides of Japan documentary:

war brides of Japan videos:

war brides of Japan websites:

war brides of Japan news:

war brides of Japan Facebook:

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:

war brides of Japan Twitter:

war brides of Japan G+:

war brides of Japan blogs:

a war bride's artwork:

bon appetite!

Yuri's Fans Forever