Director of Photography: Matt Baron (Baron Films)
Directed by Fabien Baron
Edited by William Town
AC: Daniel Feighery
2nd AC: Ben Katz
DIT: Chris Sullivan
Makeup: Mark Carrasquillo


History and Clothing in Ancient Japan

Japanese history includes alternating periods of isolation and revolutionary influences from the rest of the world. As early as the Jomon period from about 14000BC to 300 BC, Japan had a hunter-gatherer lifestyle; wooden stilt houses, pit dwelling, and agriculture. Weaving was still unknown and the ancient Japanese clothing consisted of fur. However, some of the world’s oldest pottery is found in Japan, along with daggers, jade, combs made form shell and clay figures.

The period thereafter to 250 BC saw the influx of new practices like weaving, rice sowing, iron and bronze making influenced by china and Korea. Chinese travelers describe the men ‘with braided hair, tattooing and women with large, single-piece clothing.’ Initially ancient Japanese clothing consisted of single piece clothing. The ancient and classical Japan begins from the middle of the 3rd century to 710. An advanced agricultural and militaristic culture defines this period. By 645, Japan rapidly adopted Chinese practices and reorganized its penal code.

The peak period of ancient Japan and its imperial court is from 794 to 1185. Art, poetry, literature and trade expeditions continued with vigor. Warlords and powerful regional families ruled ancient Japan from 1185 to 1333 and the emperor was just a figure head. By the Japanese Middle Ages, Portugal had introduced firearms by a chance landing of their ship at Japanese coast; samurai charging ranks were cut down; trade with Netherlands, England and Spain had opened up new avenues. Several missionaries had entered Japan as well.

Distinct features of the lifestyle, ancient Japanese clothing and women is difficult to decipher for the simple reason that it is super-imposed by the Chinese culture. Ancient Japan readily adopted other cultures and practices and most of its own culture is lost among these adaptations.

Ancient Japanese clothing was mostly unisex, with differences being in colors, length and sleeves. A Kimono tied with an Obi or a sash around the waist was the general clothing and with the advent of western clothing are now mostly worn at home or special occasions. Women’s obi in ancient Japanese clothing would mostly be elaborate and decorative. Some would be as long as 4meters and tied as a flower or a butterfly. Though a Yukata means a ‘bath clothing’, these were often worn in the summers as morning and evening gowns. Ancient Japanese clothing consisted of mena and women wearing Haori or narrow paneled jacket for special occasions such as marriages and feasts. These are worn over a kimono and tied with strings at the breast level.

The most interesting piece of ancient Japanese clothing is the ju-ni-hitoe or the ‘twelve layers’ adorned by ladies at the imperial court. It is multi-layered and very heavy and worn on a daily basis for centuries! The only change would be the thickness of the fabric and the number of layers depending on the season. Princesses still wear these on weddings.

Since the Japanese people don’t wear footwear inside their homes, tabi is still worn. These are split -toe socks woven out of non-stretch materials with thick soles. Clogs have been worn for centuries in ancient Japan and were known as Geta. These were made of wood with two straps and were unisexual. Zori was footwear made of softer materials like straw and fabric with a flat sole.

Ancient Japanese clothes, culture and footwear are slowly regaining their popularity with the western world. There is an honest curiosity in knowing more, wearing kimonos or using silk fabrics with beautiful floral prints from the ‘land of the rising sun’.

Source by Christopher Schwebius

Pain Makes a Family

A close friend of mine, a wonderful man who could have been a prophet if he lived back in the ”Biblical times,” was struck very hard with the sudden news that his daughter has leukemia. She is only three years old. An angel. Did nothing to deserve anything.

We were at the hospital for the last 2 days, trying to ease the family’s pain. The good news is, her leukemia is the treatable kind. It’ll take about two years of chemo for a full recovery. That’s OK in the sense that when she grows up she won’t even remember what happened to her. She is at one of the best hospitals in the world and in good hands. But that does not lessen the pain of this terrible lottery.

Yesterday when we were at the hospital one of the visitors was another acquaintance who has lost a son to leukemia about 15 years ago. In times like that I feel so humbled, ground hard to fine atomic bits of compassion, worn out to a fine pulverized film of love. Standing next to them I am nothing. They are the survivors of world wars. I’m just a fluke who is privileged to be accepted as a friend.

I usually do love people, with all their struggle for dignity and happiness, and I do so with all the compassion I can afford.

However, in cases like this, when small kids get struck with something they can never see coming, I really feel like I’m a part of the family. It’s more than love. Pain of my loved ones define who my family is in a way that happy news and laughter do not.

When I laugh, the whole world is my tribe. The world is my backyard. That is the magic of laughter.

When I suffer, family means the chosen few. We vibrate together in the inner sanctum. And that is the grace and gift of sorrow.

Source by Ugur Akinci

Desi Pop Art/Comic Book Makeup

Hi, here’s another Halloween look based on the Pop Artwork of Hatecopy, check it out at – I love the witty captions that deal with quintessential Desi situations in a tongue-in-cheek manner without trivializing the problems prevalent within South Asian communities.

It was tricky to pull this look off on my skin tone, and I had to use more pigmented shades to get a similar effect, comment below and let me know your thoughts.


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Friendship Tattoo Designs – Finding Great Artwork For This Wonderful Tribute

Have you found any truly great, quality friendship tattoo designs yet? The answer to that question is most likely “no”, because most folks can’t seem to locate quality art, no matter which category they are looking into. There are a huge amount of top notch galleries with fresh, superb tattoos, but people aren’t finding them because of the way they are searching for them. Here’s how you can find all of the good friendship tattoo designs you’ve most likely been passing up.

It is all going to start be changing the methods you use to look for tattoos. Here’s a quick question: What does over 90% of the public use to find websites on the internet? If you said “search engines” you just rang the bell. They seem like the obvious choice for locating any and all websites you want to find , right? Well, this is a good way to find as much generic, cookie cutter artwork as you want, but you won’t be finding many quality friendship tattoo designs any time soon. Why is this happening?

It’s happening because search engines are pulling up all of the low end websites and for some reason they are leaving all of the truly great places out. I don’t know why this happens, but it is. Instead of getting a fresh list of galleries that have quality, original friendship tattoo designs, you can the same generic ones that have been floating around the net for twelve years!

What you need is a different approach to finding good artwork, because our traditional method just aren’t doing the job. You best bet (by far) is to start skimming through forums. The bigger forums are the best, because you can find an insane amount of past topics on tattoo related subjects. This is what you need, because inside of these topics is where you can gather tons of info on where other folks have found fresh, quality tattoos. It’s a simple way to get a hold of the quality friendship tattoo designs that stay hidden while using Google and Yahoo all the time.

If you have a bit of patience and a little fun, you can make sure that you continue your journey to find the absolute perfect friendship tattoo designs that fit your particular tastes.

Source by Adam Woodham

7 Reasons Why People Choose Star Tattoos

Star tattoos, popular unisex tattoos, are worn both by the male and female in this modern world of fashion. Some of the star designed tats are small nautical stars and are often worn by the women while some of them are considerably large and hence looks more masculine in their forms.

People who wear star tattoos often wear them for different symbolic reasons. While for some star tats are worn just for its twinkling 3D appearances; some others wears them to relate their lives with the different metaphoric meaning of the stars.

1. The main reason that many people get star tattoos is to make the star symbolize their spirit of determination in reaching a goal.

2. Another very common meaning of the star tat wearer’s interest in the design is the desire of the wearer to show his or her interest in celestial forms and astronomy. It is only when they intensely desire others to be aware of their singular interest they ink star tattoos on their skin. People who are into star gazing and consider it as one of their favourite hobbies also may ink their body with a star sign to show solidarity among their community friends.

3. Some people even adorn themselves with star tats when they want to signify some even or significant turning points in their lives. It can symbolise the wearer’s interest at adopting a religion or get married or decide to bring a change in his lifestyle and philosophical path etc.

4. In the ancient times even before the compass was invented, nautical star tattoos were worn by sailors as a part of their superstition believing that the symbol of a star would safely guide while they are on long voyages and bring them safely back to the port of their origin.

5. Nowadays star tattoos are still symbolized as a design to guide a person in the correct path and create a right direction in his/her life.

6. People who believe in Judaism consider the Star of David or a hexagram tattoo as a symbol of interconnection between the human body as well as the divine omnipotent One.

7. The pentagram which is also a 5 pointed star may symbolize something more philosophic in its origin. For some of its believers the 4 points of this star tattoo may symbolise the natural four elements i.e. wind, water, earth and fire, while the fifth, pointing to the top, may be symbolised as the eternal spirit i.e. the fifth element; that dwells inside the human soul.

Source by Christine Crotts