As has been said so many times by so many people, those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. I doubt this young lady had that quote in mind when she purchased this jacket.
Apparently wearing clothes, particularly jackets and T-shirts, with English expressions on them is considered high fashion in Japan. Other countries too it seems. But often times, if not always, the wearers have no idea of what’s written on their clothing.
I recently saw a photo of a young girl of maybe 14 or 15 wearing a T-shirt that said “I’m a whore!” I’m sure neither she nor her parents had the slightest idea what she was proclaiming so proudly across her chest. Life is funny sometimes.
This photo was taken with a Fujifilm X100F, and is the B&W jpeg file out of the camera, cropped and tweaked slightly in Lightroom CC.
A couple years ago I was fortunate enough to meet a talented young artist here in Tokyo at a coffee shop where she was working part-time as a waitress. When she showed me some of the line drawings she had done, I asked her to draw my camera (Fujifilm X-Pro2) in her style and she very kindly obliged. She made me two drawings and I selected this one as the logo for my blog and to be used on my name cards.
You can see that the drawing is signed “Shimamiyu.” That is her pen-name, and since I don’t have her permission to use her real name, I’ll leave it at that. Hopefully this won’t be the only artwork from “Shimamiyu” that I own. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work in the future.
I went to see two amazing guitarists last night at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton. They both played their butts off. One of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. Here we are hangin’ out a bit after the show.