happy International Women’s Day to heARTists and heART lovers around the world!
|an old woman reflects on her life's past|
|a young woman reflects on her life to come|
even Empress Michiko designated the war brides as ‘cultural ambassadors’ for Japan.
|obon dancers by Yuriko|
besides their beliefs in Shinto and Buddhism, the brides also perpetuated obon (ancestral celebrations) with bon odori (obon dances), ikebana (flower arranging), sumi-e (calligraphy), and the introduction a variety of foods. everything—from sushi to tempura to sukiyaki—eventually became popular in US specialty restaurants.
war brides innocently brought their practices of Japanese culture to a country that had been so hostile towards Americans of Japanese descent that they had imprisoned them during WWII.
by naively clinging to their native beliefs and arts, war brides were able to keep aspects of Japanese culture alive while Japanese Americans had been forced to destroy many elements of it.
through her love for painting, Yuriko imparted messages of peace and hope. even though she preferred to paint landscapes and seascapes, she also created paintings that featured Japanese motifs as well purely American ones.
|while her eagle woodcarving is totally American|
|Yuriko won many prizes for her heARTwork|
|a Wordie by Jason|
also, you can stay updated about the 'War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory' series at our website: www.warbridesofjapan.com
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