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1. Translating Shakespeare

Translation of Shakespeare’s works is almost as old as Shakespeare himself; the first German adaptations date from the early 17th century. And within Shakespeare’s plays, moments of translation create comic relief and heighten the awareness that communication is not a given. Translation also served as a metaphor for physical transformation or transportation.

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2. NEW SEASON - mini labo japan

Last week I reported on what was new at Paris based company Mini Labo for Spring Summer 2016. Today I am looking at some of the products they license and design for their Japanese market. At the online store Belle Maison you can see Mini Labo bedding, cushions, curtains, and even fashions. Here are some of my dave picks which include three new key prints : 50's, bouquet and Herbier.

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3. JAPANESE STORE - belle maison

Whislt checking out the latest Mini Labo Japanese range I thought I would have a browse around the Belle Maison website and see what other prints and patterns I could find amongst their interior goods. You can see these and more including designs from Leah Duncan and Pattern Bakery online here at Belle Maison.

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4. KITCHEN - arco japan

Regular readers will know I love to have a mooch around on google Japan and see what designs I can find - usually with a Scandinavian flavour. This week I came across these colourful trays by Anna Berger whom we have featured previously as a member of the Scandinavian Pattern Collection. Anna has designed for several Japanese companies including Kokka Fabrics. The trays were spotted online here

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5. DECEMBER DISCOUNT DAYS...DAY 11!

and it's a big one! not one, not two, not even three...but FOUR tiny little treasures are the FEATURED PRINTS on this eleventh day of December.
(Akai-red, Midori-green, Aoi-blue and Kiiro-yellow)

{NOTE-ORIGINAL PAINTINGS ARE FOR SALE HERE. AKAI HAS ALREADY BEEN SOLD.}

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6. JAPANESE - decole collections

I wanted to showcase some of the cute designs in Japanese company Decole's latest collections. First up are the lovely graphic birds and trees of the Pichicu Pachic mugs and teapots... And these cute mugs are from their Scandinavian Style Mina Sopo collection... And for children's melamine there is the super cute Aurinko range... And also for

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7. XMAS 2015 - decole

And also today from Decole Japan comes a selection of seasonal Christmas designs on mugs, tags, stickers etc.

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8. 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.

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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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9. ...and she was all YELLOW!

©the enchanted easel 2014

©the enchanted easel 2014

kirro kokeshi
©the enchanted easel 2014
(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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10. meet Kiiro....

kiiro kokeshi
©the enchanted easel 2014
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. 
PRINTS AVAILABLE HERE:

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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11. plum blossoms and lanterns...

©the enchanted easel 2014
for the final kokeshi on the easel this week.

a peek at little Aoi....:)

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12. lots and lots of BLUE....

i LOVE paint!

laying down a background of brilliant blues and various violets
©the enchanted easel 2014

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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13. the fourth (and final) kokeshi....

Aoi Kokeshi
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DONE!

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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. it's definitely been a "good" friday...

here at "the enchanted easel"! :)
akai kokeshi
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this beauty from last year...SOLD!!!


this little email came through my inbox this afternoon and i was so humbled that i couldn't help but tear up. this week, i SOLD TWO ORIGINAL paintings...not commissions. seriously, humbled is an understatement. 

wishful companions
©the enchanted easel 2015
was really stunned when this SOLD earlier in the week....as i had NO intention of bidding this princess adieu. knowing she was going somewhere where she would be much loved, well that makes selling her even more bitter sweet.

{PRINTS SOLD HERE}

all in all, it's been a wonderful first week of April....and i am beyond grateful!

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20. illustration friday ~ "small"

aoi kokeshi
FOR SALE
a perfect submission for this week's IF theme....tiny little treasures known as kokeshi dolls.

painted a series of four of these beauties last year. three remain FOR SALE. one already SOLD. 

midori kokeshi
FOR SALE

kiiro kokeshi
FOR SALE




akai kokeshi
SOLD
proof that good things do indeed come in small packages....;)

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21. CARDS - cozy tomato for lagom

Talking of Lagom I could not resist posting these striking age cards by Japanese Illustrator Koji Tomoto also known as Cozy Tomato (who we first saw on P&P in 2006). The beautiful illustrations have a lovely retro graphic feel and feature animals from 1 to 9. 

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22. 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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23. a peek at Akai....

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

akai kokeshi
©the enchanted easel 2014 on this little beauty this week!
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.)

©the enchanted easel 2014

©the enchanted easel 2014

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25. 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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