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1. JAPANESE - moomin fabrics

I am loving these official Moomin fabrics spotted on the web this week. The "Moomin Tribute Works" collection have been produced in Japan by Quarter Report. Finnish author Tove Jansson's Moomin characters are very popular in Japan, as they are all over the world. The Fabrics were designed by someone known to Print & Pattern readers already ( we previously featured him here) Masaru Suzuki who

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2. JAPANESE - spia

Talking of things Japanese I also came across a really nice print called 'Twinkle' (above and below) from Osaka based company Spia (Fine Co. ltd). Spia have a selection of colourful patterns which are used on bags, purses, gadget cases, etc. Here are some of the highlights with more online here.

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3. TABLEWARE - lotta kühlhorn

Lotta Kühlhorn is one of my favourite designers so i was really pleased recently to discover some more great designs she has created for the Japanese market. You may know Lotta from her gorgeous Koloni range of products or from her cards, wrap, book covers etc. but her graphic Scandinavian style designs are also very popular in Japan where she takes lots of commissions through her Japanese

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4. kokeshi love

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so lovely to have my 4 kokeshis featured on this wonderful new site/blog! thanks to a very sweet woman by the name of katya, who has a website devoted to what else? kokeshis! a woman after my own heart, no doubt. i have been crazy in love with all things japanese since i was a little girl. from sakura trees to the sanrio company (hello kitty) to the samurai (LOVE the movie, the last samurai) to the food....love, love, love...all things kawaii. ok, enough about me....;)

please check out her wonderful site www.kokeshishop.com which includes a link to her blog, displaying all kinds of kokeshi creations from some very talented artists.

{ps and btw, check out her Facebook page as well and give her some Facebook "love"

thanks so much, katya! :)

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5. TEXTILES - yasunobu shimizudani - jubilee

Yasunobu Shimizudani is the Japanese designer behind these beautiful fabrics. Yasunobu graduated from the Tama University of Art in 2004 where since 2012 he also works as a part time lecturer in Textile Design. In 2008 he started his own brand Jubilee, using hand printed fabrics and now creates all kinds of textile products from shoes to cushions. You can buy Yasunobu's Jubilee fabrics on Etsy

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6. meet Midori....

Midori Kokeshi
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one of four kokeshis I am currently in the midst of painting. those who know me, know i am japanese obsessed. from sakura trees to teriyaki chicken to the language....obsessed. i love kokeshi dolls. love everything about them from the size to the intricacy of them. the japanese are master crafters and i have nothing but the utmost respect for them and their dedication and discipline in everything they do. should have been japanese....;)

midori is FOR SALE as a PRINT here:

she would make a lovely addition to any girl's room. can't wait to get working on the other three!

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7. a peek at Akai....

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 the next kokeshi in the works...
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8. putting the finishing touches....

akai kokeshi
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on this little beauty this week!

totally loving this kokeshi series i am currently working on....and i love that they are perfect squares (my favorite shape...no surprise there since i'm so OCD and love everything to be perfect and exact.)

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9. meet little Akai....

"akai kokeshi"
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she is the second kokeshi in a four piece series i am currently working on. her name means "red" in japanese, hence the obvious red kimono.  she is FOR SALE, as a PRINT in my etsy shop found here:

also FOR SALE, as a PRINT is midori....found here:

up next....little Kiiro. 3 guesses what color she is (hint-it's the name of my favorite Coldplay song...). 

{speaking of Coldplay, the new cd comes out on monday and i am so excited i can barely stand it!!! chris martin. sigh....}
was going to just attach a pic of chris, but i was trying to be fair to the rest of the guys...;)

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10. Kotodama: the multi-faced Japanese myth of the spirit of language

By Naoko Hosokawa

In Japan, there is a common myth of the spirit of language called kotodama (言霊, ことだま); a belief that some divine power resides in the Japanese language. This belief originates in ancient times as part of Shintoist ritual but the idea has survived through Japanese history and the term kotodama is still frequently mentioned in public discourse. The notion of kotodama is closely linked with Japanese linguistic identity, and the narrative of kotodama has been repeatedly reinterpreted according to non-linguistic factors surrounding Japan, as well as the changing idea of “purity” of language in Japan.

Ancient face

The term kotodama literally means “the spirit of language” (koto = language, dama (tama) = spirit or soul). It is a belief based on the idea of Shintoism, the indigenous religion of Japan which worships divinity in all natural creation and phenomena. In ancient Japan, language was believed to have a spirit, which gives positive power to positive words, negative power to negative words, and impacts a person’s life when his or her name is pronounced out loud. Wishes or curses were thus spelled out in a particular manner in order to communicate with the divine powers. According to this ancient belief, the spirit of language only resides in “pure” Japanese that is unique and free from foreign influence. Therefore, Sino-Japanese loanwords, which were numerous by then and had a great impact on the Japanese language, were eschewed in Shintoist rituals and Japanese native vocabulary, yamatokotoba, was preferred. Under the name of kotodama, this connection between spiritual power and pure language survived throughout Japanese history as a looser concept and was reinvented multiple times.

War-time face

Koku Saityou shounin, written by Emperor Saga. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Koku Saityou shounin, written by Emperor Saga. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

One of the most significant historical moments in which the myth of kotodama was reinvented was during the Second World War. In order to strengthen national solidarity, the government reintroduced the idea of kotodama, coupling it with the idea of kokutai (国体, こくたい, koku = country or nation, tai = body), the Japanese national polity. The government promoted the idea that the use of “pure” and traditional Japanese language was at the core of the national unity and social virtue that is unique to Japan, while failing to use the right language would lead to violation of the national polity. Under the belief of kotodama, proposals to abolish or reduce the use of kanji (Chinese characters), which had been introduced since the modernization of the country in the second half of the nineteenth century, were fiercely rejected. Instead, the use of kanji as well as traditional non-vernacular orthographic style was encouraged. Furthermore, based on the kotodama myth, the use of Western loanwords was strictly banned as they belonged to the language of the enemy (tekiseigo) and those words were replaced by Sino-Japanese words. For example, the word ragubî, which is the loan from the English word “rugby,” was replaced by tôkyû, a Sino-Japanese word meaning “fight ball.” The word anaunsâ, which is the loan from the English word “announcer,” was replaced by hôsôin, a Sino-Japanese word meaning “broadcasting person.”

It is interesting to note that the kotodama myth was reinvented to encourage the use of Sino-Japanese elements, whereas in the ancient belief the myth promoted the Japanese native elements and eschewed Sino-Japanese elements. In other words, Sino-Japanese was redefined as the essential element of the “pure” and “traditional” Japanese language. Even the movements to simplify the Japanese orthographic system by abolishing the use of Chinese characters and using only kana (phonetic syllabaries) to write Japanese were considered to be violations of kotodama, despite the fact that kana was invented in Japan. This complete reversal of the position of Sino-Japanese elements can be explained by the belief that the increasing use of Western loanwords was creating a new threat to the Japanese linguistic identity. The idea of kokutai, along with other militarist propaganda, was stigmatized in post-war Japanese society and faded away. However, the idea of kotodama survived through the post-war democratization period into contemporary Japan with yet another face.

Contemporary face

You still hear the word kotodama today. A song titled “Ai no Kotodama [Kotodama of Love] – Spiritual Message” performed by a Japanese pop rock band, Southern All Stars, is a well-known hit which has sold over a million since it was recorded in 1996. Above all, one frequently sees the term kotodama used in public debates on the subject of foreign loanwords (gairaigo, which excludes Sino-Japanese loans). For example, an article from a nationwide newspaper stated that “loanwords are threatening the country of kotodama.” Thus the idea of kotodama is still linked to the purity of language in contrast to Western loanwords but, unlike the link between kotodama and political identity of the country made during World War Two, it seems that the myth is now linked to its cultural and social identity while recent waves of globalization have increased the diversity within the contemporary Japan.

The diversity of Japanese society goes hand in hand with the diversity of its vocabulary, which we can see from the rapid increase of loanwords in Japanese. However, at the same time, this increases a sense of insecurity in relation to the linguistic and cultural identity of Japan. As a result, the ancient myth of kotodama has been reinvented as a way to manifest Japanese linguistic identity through the idea of a “pure” language. Kotodama has no fixed definition, and continues to transform as Japanese society undergoes changes. It is questionable if the Japanese still really believe in the spiritual power of language — however, the myth of linguistic purity persists in the mind of the Japanese through the word kotodama.

Naoko Hosokawa is a DPhil candidate in Japanese sociolinguistics at the University of Oxford. A version of this article originally appeared on the OxfordWords blog.

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11. ...and she was all YELLOW!

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kirro kokeshi
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(my favorite Coldplay song)

ok, getting back to what's on the easel this week....this lovely little YELLOW kokeshi, named Kiiro {japanese for YELLOW-just in case you didn't know...;)}

wrapping her up in the next day or two! 

{...because perfection always has a place in my life! ;)}

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12. meet Kiiro....

kiiro kokeshi
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ok, so guess what color Kiiro is in japanese...? (hint-it's the name of a very popular Coldplay song...and my favorite Coldplay song).

if you guessed YELLOW you are correct! ;)

Kiiro is the third kokeshi in my series of four. 

Midori and Akai are also available in my etsy shop, found here:

up next, Aoi...

"look at the stars, look how they shine for you. and everything you do, yeah, they were all yellow."~chris martin

{best thing about this video...it's only him! :)}

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13. plum blossoms and lanterns...

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for the final kokeshi on the easel this week.

a peek at little Aoi....:)

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14. lots and lots of BLUE....

i LOVE paint!

laying down a background of brilliant blues and various violets
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a little blue eyeshadow never hurt anyone...
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finishing up the fourth (and final) kokeshi this week...little Aoi.

aoi kokeshi
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15. the fourth (and final) kokeshi....

Aoi Kokeshi
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meet little Aoi, all decked out in brilliant blues! accompanied by some lanterns and plum blossoms, she is the final kokeshi in a series of four.

she is FOR SALE as a PRINT here:

also, all four PRINTS are FOR SALE as a set found here:

four kokeshi series
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16. Meet Mecha Mickey and the Disney Super Sentai

We’ve come a long way from Steamboat Willie. Apparently Disney and toy-maker Bandai are working together on a Voltron-like toy robot called King Robo, and according to the storyline, Mickey Mouse and his friends supposedly pilot the robot. The toy, part of the Bandai’s Chogokin line, will be released March 2013, and unlike most Disney toys, it will be aimed at ages 15 and up. If successful, the property could spawn an anime series.

And speaking of Steamboat Willie, apparently the robot’s head transforms from a toy version of the paddle boat from that landmark film! Click the image below to see how each Disney-mecha character transforms into the body and limbs of “King Robo”.

(Thanks, Liam Scanlan)

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17. TEXTILES - quarter report

having a little bit of time to spare over christmas i decided to do a little bit of browsing on a few japanese websites to see what new designs were coming out of tokyo. i discovered lots of lovely fabrics from quarter report that i hadnt seen before including a majority by designer rieko oka who has created lots of delicate florals and trees. see more from quarter report online here.

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18. JAPANESE - shinzi katoh

my japanese browsing then led me to these lovely 2013 shedules by legendary japanese designer shinzi katoh. as spotted at the zakka shop online here.

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19. JAPANESE - sunny style

and finally from japan today a few choice items picked out from the cute sunny style website.

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20. V&A DISPLAY- marks japan

the V&A museum in london have created an installation in collaboration with mark's tape in their store windows. the display design by debbie spink aims to offer an alternative way of thinking about an everyday object and suggests fabulous ways to decorate everything from your walls and gifts to letters, furniture and frames. the new MT casa tape will be coming in march but the current

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21. FABRICS - Cotorienne

these designs are the wonderful whimsical prints of  japanese illustrator and pattern designer anyan sha. anyan has his own fabric label called 'cotrienne' and below are a selection of his prints which are all available on fabrics in various colourways. He loves to bring a touch of humour to his work and loves the retro scandinavian look you can see all of anyan's fabrics online at cotorienne

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22. The Sweet Sharp Stylistic Art of Samurai Jack

When Samurai Jack burst onto the small screen in 2001, it introduced a boldly imaginative visual style to the often dreary realm of television animation. Other series have tried to imitate the flattened, angular graphics pioneered by the UPA studio during early ’50s. Samurai Jack succeeds in recapturing the essence of the UPA shorts because creator Genndy Tartakovsky and his artists understand that these highly stylized visuals require equally stylized movements.

The ongoing battle between heroic Jack and the evil shape-shifter Aku simultaneously evokes and spoofs the conventions of anime and Western live-action film. Long ago, Jack nearly destroyed Aku in a duel; in desperation, the wizard hurled the samurai far into the future, where Aku’s word is law. Jack fights robots, monsters, bounty hunters, etc. as he seeks to return to his own time, so he can prevent Aku’s rise to supremacy.

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Samurai Jack Painting Demos:


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Pinterest Samurai Jack Background Art Link here.
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23. KIDS DESIGN - craftholic

Print & Pattern has a new sponsor this week in the shape of Craftholic, a Japanese label who are now in the UK. These super soft cuddly creatures are part of a range of 'hug cushions' designed by Ikuko Yamamoto. They have been taking Japan by storm, and the Craftholic brand sensation is also a massive hit all over Asia. See the whole collection including accessories online here at Craftholic UK

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24. new series....

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in the making.

i am crazy in love with all things japanese...from the culture to the food to the super cute art such as the company sanrio (hello kitty) and anime. oh, and let's not forget my obsession with cherry blossoms and the absolutely breathtakingly beautiful sakura trees. i mean even my fragrance is japanese cherry blossoms. as i said, obsessed. really need to go to japan once day...

anyhoo, i've been wanting to do a little series of kokeshi dolls for quite a while and i had these thumbnails drawn up since this past november. how tight do i work?! gosh, i could probably save myself the drawing step in between and just sketch these right onto the canvas, using these thumbnails as my guide. but....i'm too OCD for that (and love drawing just as much as painting) so i'm going to whip out 4 8x8 sketches and then transfer them to the canvas.

can not wait to paint these! :)

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a peek at little sakura {big surprise with the name}...

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25. kokeshi sweetness in progress....

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transferring drawing to the canvas...
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