Saturday, June 8, 2024

summer bloom: toyko lily

here’s our hope for a most joyous upcoming summer to you, dear heARTists and heART lovers!

it’s the 8th day of the 6th month, and time to catch up with our favorite heARTist, Yuriko.


if you’ve been following this blog, then you know that we’ve been in the process of making a film about her called ‘Tokyo Lily, a War Bride docu*memory'.


here’s the trailer we created with some images that will be featured in the film:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qW3S8xr-eQ


and, yes, we’re still fundraising. 


https://crowdfundr.com/tokyo-lily


although our dedicated donors have been so instrumental in getting our super 8mm and miniDV tapes digitized for editing, we could always use more donations. 


besides paying for music licensing, we also hope to hire an animator for scenes that lack images.



fortunately, we do have the assistance of a researcher who's locating WWII Japan footage and stills. not only is she incredibly knowledgeable, but she's made her own unique story known in the book she's published:


https://www.amazon.in/Becoming-Misako-Kikuchi-Lynn-Hammonds/dp/1537745956/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_pl_foot_top?ie=UTF8


Lynn Hammonds was also instrumental in the production of our 5 films that collectively became ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’. 


those films are still available on Gumroad:


https://watermelonsushi.gumroad.com/


War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory


please subscribe to our YouTube channel below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPemluw0stoTsx8yvz2tCrg


you can also check us out at our websites:


https://hapateez.wixsite.com/tokyo-lily


https://warbridesofjapan.com/


and, at our Facebook page:


https://www.facebook.com/WarBridesOfJapan/



arrigatou to our supporters for all your encouragement!


until we meet on September 8, please enjoy your summer!


Yuri’s Fans Forever




Friday, March 8, 2024

tokyo lily: an international woman

Yuriko at 20
happy International Women’s Day to all you heARTists and heART lovers! 

it’s the 8th day of the 3rd month of another new year, and we hope you’re  enjoying 2024 so far. 

as for us, we’re considering grouping the five ‘War Brides of Japan, a  docu*memory’ films so that audiences will only have to pay one time to view all of them. they’ll still be available on Gumroad, but grouping them will make it a little easier and sukoshi cheaper for everyone to see.


 






and, now for some news about our favorite war bride and heARTist, Yuriko, or Tokyo Lily as she’s called in our latest film. 

we began our Crowdfundr campaign late last year and, eternal thanks to our loyal and generous supporters, we’ve raised enough money to send all the super 8mm and mini DV tapes out for digitizing! 


the super 8mm footage (containing scenes from the early 1970’s) will be scanned at a high resolution suitable for inclusion in the film; while the mini DV’s feature footage from the beginning of the 2000’s—including interviews with Yuriko and her family. 

Yuriko with her first child in Japan

there are also scenes of her showing off her heART work, her cooking, her dancing, and moments where she discusses surviving WWII as a civilian in Japan. 

speaking of WWII, Tokyo experienced the worst fire bombing in the recorded history of the world when Americans dropped bombs during a March 9-10,1945 campaign. because houses back then were mostly made of wood and paper, over 100,000 people perished when fires quickly spread throughout the city. 

here’s some information from Wikipedia: 


that will be just one of many events we’ll cover in 'Tokyo Lily, a war bride docu*memory’

we’ll begin with Yuriko witnessing the Great Kanto Earthquake at just four years old, then being sold into servitude at age 13, working for the U.S. military during the Occupation, then meeting her African American husband and moving to a segregated Texas post-war. then, she goes on to live in Germany and the U.S. while raising two children and six dogs, before finally finding her way to expression through art when she married for the second time. 

Yuriko with her family in Germany

Yuriko's painting of her dog, Princess

here’s the first trailer we produced, and we’ll have more once the digitized footage is ready for editing. 


arrigatou to all of you—our valuable contributors. just as with ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’, ‘Tokyo Lily’ would not be possible without your support. 

on this International Women’s Day, we honor of all your Japanese war bride mothers, your Japanese war bride relatives and your Japanese war bride friends. 

until we meet on June 8, please stay posted by visiting:

our websites:

our Youtube channel: 

our Facebook page: 

ja!




















Yuri’s Fans Forever

Friday, December 8, 2023

lily of tokyo

Tokyo Lily
happy holidays to all you heARTists and heART lovers all around the world! it’s the 8th day of the 12th month, and time to celebrate more heARTwork by Yuri.

everyone, we have more great news for you! 


in October, we released the first trailer for our upcoming film, ‘Tokyo Lily, a war bride docu*memory’—which is about Yuriko’s life and heART.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qW3S8xr-eQ


and, last month, we started a fundraising campaign to help us complete the film:


https://crowdfundr.com/tokyo-lily


with the money you donate, we’ll be processing film footage for editing. we’ll also hire an illustrator/animator to help fill in the spaces of missing WWII Japan images. and, we’ll employ a historian/researcher so we can accurately portray that time period. we’ll need to license music, too. one song we have our heARTs set on costs a whopping $10,000.


oil painting


we’ve already been hard at work cataloging Yuri’s heARTwork including her oil paintings on canvas—on wood, on silk cloth, and even clamshells; her wood carvings, her cut and folded paper creations and, of course, all her sewing projects including crocheted high heel shoes, quilts, and knitted dolls. 

oil on clam shells

wood carved parrot



paper kasa (umbrellas)

crocheted high heels


quilts

knitted dolls

we hope to have that portion of the film done by the end of this year. and, even though that’s just weeks away, it will be the easier part.


 Yuriko means Lily in Japanese


here’s where some of Yuri’s paintings can be seen now:

https://lenastarwheels.wixsite.com/iamartistyuriko


meanwhile, we’ll be processing mini DVD and super 8mm footage of Yuri throughout the years. some of it dates back to the late 1960’s. far out! groovy!


please join us via your contributions. we would really appreciate your help, and we do list each and every name publicly (unless you prefer that we don’t).


besides social media, we’ll also post your name on our Tokyo Lily website:


https://hapateez.wixsite.com/tokyo-lily


if you’d like to know more about our past war bride film projects, check us out at:


https://watermelonsushi.gumroad.com/


https://www.youtube.com/@warbridesofjapan/videos 


https://www.youtube.com/c/WatermelonSushi/videos 


www.warbridesofjapan.com


here’s to a wonderful holiday season to you and yours! arrigatou.


Yuri's Fans Forever

Friday, September 8, 2023

'tokyo lily' blossoms

greetings to all you heARTists and heART lovers of the world! it’s the 8th day of the 9th month, and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.


coming soon: 'Tokyo Lily' film



the good news is that we’re finally cataloging all of Yuri’s amazing heARTwork that will be included in the film, 'Tokyo Lily'. fingers crossed, and the story of her life should hit the screens sometime next year.



Yuri making heART in her studio


even before becoming a Japanese war bride, Yuri lived an adventurous life with many sudden changes. all of those unexpected moments will be shared through actual film interviews, vintage photos and, of course, displays of her heARTwork.



after leaving Japan with her first husband (an American soldier), Yuri raised two children. but it wasn’t until her second marriage that she was finally able to express her full heARTistic self thanks to her husband, Bob. besides helping out by schlepping Yuri and her heARTwork to various competitions and exhibits, Bob also promoted her creative endeavors. yay to Bob for making Yuri’s dreams come true!



Bob promoting Yuri's heART



until the release of 'Tokyo Lily', you can learn more about Japanese war brides by watching these 5 films:


https://watermelonsushi.gumroad.com/


you can also subscribe to our Youtube channels:


https://www.youtube.com/@warbridesofjapan/videos 

https://www.youtube.com/c/WatermelonSushi/videos 



here’s our official website:

www.warbridesofjapan.com



and, Yuri’s website:

https://lenastarwheels.wixsite.com/iamartistyuriko 



arrigatou for your love and support!



Yuri’s Fans Forever















Thursday, June 8, 2023

summer heART

greetings, heARTists and heART lovers across the universe! it's the 8th day of the 6th month and time to meet again.

how’s your summer going? ours has been super hot with busy-ness! 


we’re so sorry to disappoint you, but we haven't been able to keep our promise to launch two projects about our favorite Japanese war bride and heARTist, Yuri. 


we had hoped to get our fundraiser started by now, but it looks like it will be more like this fall.


meanwhile, we continue to present our 5 war brides films on Gumroad:


https://watermelonsushi.gumroad.com/


in addition to our upcoming doc, 'Tokyo Lily', we’re also creating a graphic novel about Yuri’s life. it's called 'Lily Wisteria' because Yuriko means lily, and her family mon is represented by the wisteria.


Yuri sells her art at the International District Summer Festival

Yuri with her family

as a conduit for Japanese war brides, we’re often contacted by grandchildren who have discovered the extraordinary lives their grandmothers lived—how they left their homes and families to marry their former enemies, American military men. and, how some of them were disowned, never to see Japan again, while others were physically and emotionally abused by their husbands; and, some even by their husbands’ families. 

just consider arriving in a new country, barely speaking the language, and having to navigate a new living space, often with no one around who looks like you. further, most war bride immigration took place during the 1950’s and Jim Crow. 


the Supreme Court ruling of Loving v. Virginia didn’t occur until 1967. prior to that, some white husbands couldn’t even take their Japanese brides to their home state lest they both be arrested for marrying illegally.


Japanese war brides also raised mixed-race children without books or blogs advising them on how to bring up their kids in a society that they were barely familiar with themselves.


but more often than not, Japanese war brides had satisfactory marriages. some even found immeasurable happiness in their new American homes.


if you’d like to know more about Japanese war brides please visit our Youtube channels and subscribe:


https://www.youtube.com/@warbridesofjapan/videos 

https://www.youtube.com/c/WatermelonSushi/videos 


we also have a new 'War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory' website. it’s not as fancy as the old one, but all the info is there:


and, to see more of Yuri’s heARTwork, check out her website:


https://lenastarwheels.wixsite.com/iamartistyuriko 


have a happy heART summer. we’ll return when things cool down some.


Yuri’s Fans Forever