greetings, heARTists and heART lovers everywhere in the universe.
it’s the 8th day of the 3rd month and time for heARTwork by Yuri.
and, it’s International Women’s Day, too. around the world, women are still striving for equality in pay for work performed, in child rearing and housekeeping, and even in just being able to choose their own marriage partners.
|feminist pioneers: Yuri on the left, Emiko on the right|
while we still have a long way to go for women to be where they rightfully belong, we can tick off many accomplishments thanks to feminist pioneers.
unbelievably, Yuriko was very much a pioneer and a feminist in ways she didn’t even realize. being a Japanese war bride during the Occupation of Japan meant that women were able to date a man of their own choosing. that those men were very recently their country’s enemies meant a lot of women were ostracized, shunned and even disowned by their families.
still many persevered, married anyway and came to a strange country they’d never seen before where they created new families.
if you haven’t already, check out the 5-part series ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’, on Vimeo:
and, for more about war brides, go to:
meanwhile, enjoy some of Yuriko’s heARTwork featuring women scattered about this page.
|a young woman|
|an elderly woman|
|a Japanese entertainer|
until we meet again on June 8, please celebrate the women in your life!
Yuri’s Fans Forever