Our dear friend Pia C. told us about a park in Japan that is known for being a place where you can commit suicide in peace. Well, that place is Aokigahara park, which indeed became internationally known as a popular destination for suicide; almost unbelievable, but true. It has been said that there are 50 to 100 deaths per year at this forest.
Brrr….but; the fact that Japanese Culture is so, so different from the Western one, becomes evidently more clear when watching the interesting Vice flick below. (don’t be alarmed by this post we’re fine, doing very well actually! xoxo)
“The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.” (via vice youtube channel) Continue reading →
Or jinmenseki (rock with a human face) museum; with a large collection of ‘rockfaces’ including celebrity look-a-likes such as Elvis Presley. The museum is situated near Tokyo in Japan. (via/read more hisiscolossal.com)
On the road with PS! Our dear friend PS has been visiting Naoshima island in Japan, that’s were Yayoi Kusama‘s Yellow Pumpkin can be found. Above the image-story the ‘yellow dots’ road-trip. Thanks PS!
Widely celebrated in Japanese literature, poetry, and art, sakura carry layered meanings. For example, because they bloom briefly, the blossoms are often seen as a metaphor for the ephemeral beauty of living. At the same time, the joyful tradition of hanami (flower viewing) is an old and ongoing tradition. The practice was first associated with plum blossoms before becoming almost exclusively linked with cherry blossoms by the Heian Period (794–1185). With wider exposure to Japanese art and culture in the nineteenth century, audiences in the U.S. and around the world embraced sakura as a particularly Japanese cultural hallmark.(read more http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/cherry-blossoms/cherry-blossoms-in-japanese-cultural-history.html)
Photographer Won Kim shot these portraits of the guests staying (short stay visitors and permanent residents) at a D.I.Y. hotel (No, it’s not a “theme hotel” it just looks like it’s made by a non-builder) in Arakawa-ku, a county in northeastern Tokyo.
The unnamed hotel is situated in an office building, taking up one floor. (it looks more like half a floor, as in the movie Being John Malkovich; or maybe the cubicles are stacked?)
We tried to book this “hotel” but couldn’t find it on the web. Never mind, we obviously don’t wanna sleep there anyways, would you? Won Kim DID sleep there and went back, in 2014, to take these portraits for his project Enclosed: Living Small read all about that here and here. Make sure you do, it’s interesting.