Artist Hajime Sorayama and the art world of taboos

Over 50 years of his career, artist Hajime Sorayama – who once resonated with the impressive fembot statue in Kim Jones’ Dior Men Pre-fall 2019 – still challenges the limit between the pure beauty of women and sexual norms in society.

Artist Hajime Sorayama identified himself as an illustrator instead of an artist. According to him, illustrating is a process that is “drawn from logical thinking, rather than reflecting ordinary hate feelings”. Sorayama is famous for the art school he calls “surrealism.” Referring to him, the art lovers and even the fans of the science fiction genre often think of fembot illustrations (female robot figures) that have a bit of mixed charm. Very charming fascination of female body curves and sensual lustful inspiration.

At the age of seven, the endless creativity of this artist is still warmly received by fans at art exhibitions around the world and through collaborations with famous fashion brands that Dior Men Pre-fall 2019 is a typical example. In this article, let us look back on the artistic journey of artist Hajime Sorayama.

Touching the painting lane
Artist Hajime Sorayama was born on February 22, 1947 in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Before he realized his passion for illustration, he went through puberty with many different career orientations. He once shared that his predestined relationship with painting only came when one of his high school teachers realized his talent in drawing through Playboy-inspired paintings and suggested it to him.

While studying majoring Greek and English literature at the school at Shikoku Gakuin University, Sorayama published the first illustrated magazine called Pink Journal. However, his ideas and inspiration in this work faced harsh criticism from lecturers and students for being “too sexy” compared to the views of the majority of Japanese at that time.

After that event, he moved to Tokyo’s Chuo Art School completely to pursue painting. He graduated at 21 years old and worked for an advertising agency before becoming a freelance illustrator at the age of 25. At 31, while working with a friend, he produced the first robot illustration inspired by the C-3PO character of the Star Wars series.

Challenge the line between exquisite beauty and vulgarity
Being creative in his own art philosophy, Hajime Sorayama gradually shaped his personal illustration style through a series of fembot works that broke the line between fiction, femininity and sensual satisfaction. In the context of a Japanese society that is still wary of body-exposed images and content, Sorayama has gradually broken that barrier with his determination to pursue the school he described. two words “surreal”.

Korean Indie Music emerging breeze in Taiwan

When it comes to K-pop most people think of the popularity of idol groups around the world, but there is another Korean genre that seems to be getting more and more popular, especially in Taiwan, that’s Indie music.

Korean Indie Music, emerging breeze in Taiwan

On December 7, 2019, a night of “Tune up stage in Taipei” for the Korean indie bands and artists took place at the famous “Legacy Taipei” stage in Taipei. Taipei with the participation of the bands “Car, the Garden” (Car, the garden), LEO37 + DaTone, and “Sultan of the Disco” (King of Disco) attracted a large number of people. Taiwanese fans came to attend. This concert was organized by the CJ Cultural Foundation, creating opportunities to perform abroad for Korean Indie artists since 2010. This year, Taiwan was chosen as the first venue by the Korean Indie breeze. has been blowing to Taiwan recently.

It can be said that K-pop idols are very popular in Taiwan, but Indie liberal music is also loved by the Taiwanese public relatively surprising to the Korean public, because in the Korean music market. , Indie inherently only a small part of fans love it, let alone abroad.

Not only is the popularity of Korean Indie music increasing every day in Taiwan, but many Indie artists have also been invited to music festivals in Taiwan. Many bands even hold concerts and tickets sell out quickly in Taiwan.

The reasons why Korean Indie cause fever in Taiwan

One of the main reasons is the craze for the rock band Indie Hyukoh, which represents Indie music in Korea, to be number 1 of iTunes Taiwan for the first album “23” released in April 2017, and Taiwan also is a destination on the world tour of 28 major cities of Hyukoh.

According to the representative of a Taiwan-based performance agency, Hyukoh’s appearance on Taiwan’s favorite Korean entertainment program, Running Man, also made many fans listen to the band’s songs. , leading to the Indie music craze in Taiwan. In addition, a list of Korean Indie songs has appeared on KKBOX’s largest music website, partly proving the popularity of Indie music in Taiwan.

In particular, the list has many Indie names who have never performed in Taiwan such as Soran, Lucidfall, Hoppipolla or Stella Jang. But most importantly, the list was created and shared by music lovers, proving that not only idol groups but also Indie music bands are also very popular in Taiwan. In addition, the popularity of idol groups such as Super Junior, Bigbang, EXO, BTS, … with Taiwanese fans also made many fans find and listen to Indie music.

And so Indie music has more and more listeners, and the number of Indie fans in Taiwan has also increased. The large number of Taiwanese fans waiting in line to attend the “Tune up stage in Taipei” concert is very convincing evidence.

The art shows the flair for Japanese people

A type of drama with a combination of dance, acting, music, etc. KaBuKi has become a unique art form not only in Japan but reaching out to the world, which is recognized by UNESCO and intangible cultural heritage of Japan.

It originated in 1603 when Okuni “a medium in Shinto worship” began performing a new dance style in Kyoto. Gradually becoming famous this type of drama was even performed in the court and many other troupes had begun. There are three main types of characters in KaBuKi: Tachiyaku- “young characters representing good people”, Katakiyaku- “bad guys specialize in doing evil”, and Onnagata- “Female characters”. Each character with different personalities will have different makeup. In the past, the female drama actors even disguised the male characters to attract a lot of male viewers. Gradually, it was not just the male audience that came to watch it and it was said that it lost its traditional value. In 1629, women were banned from acting in KaBuKi and all other forms of theater, and male actors took on roles that were even fake. Unique art form not only in Japan but also in the whole world, UNESSCO is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage.

  1. Ikebana– “living flowers” are the art of expressing the feeling of enjoying nature, an art in which people reproduce the natural beauty only through branches, grass tops, revealing bows emotions, personality through their colors. Japan also has a strict flower arrangement principle, but each artist has their own creativity to show the love and philosophy of life in their works.

A long time ago, some 600 years ago, it was performed by monks or people of noble dignity. There are several types of flower arrangements: Rikka, Shoka, Jiyuka are some basic flower arrangements.

2. The art of making tea

Tea ceremony is known for being the most famous type in Japan even if you have not been to Japan before. To enjoy tea in accordance with “standard” Japan, it also depends on factors: space to enjoy tea, tea making equipment, meditation and tea drinking customs. All of these make up the Japanese style of enjoying tea.

According to records, starting from the Tang Dynasty, a high monk went to China to study the religion and accidentally enjoyed the tea that was delicious and brought back to the country to grow. Over the various periods there are mainly three main schools of Omotesenke, Urasenke and Mushakoji-senke. The rules for enjoying tea are quite strict, but in order to suit the modern era, Japan varies to suit the era.For example, if guests cannot meditate in Japanese style, they can sit on small wooden chairs. without losing the solemn atmosphere of the room.

3. The art of paper folding.
Around the 7th century, the technology of paper production in China was introduced to Japan, after which the Japanese applied and created a folding paper that is not torn, durable, but until now they are still proud about “Washi” paper. From here the art of Japanese paper folding Origami was born. At first, it was just folding ordinary aircraft, boats after gradually more elaborate folding types were more diverse. Beginning for children to play now is popular with all classes of Japan. Moreover, folding origami not only requires creativity, but it also becomes a subject in some places to develop creative thinking of children. On the other hand, this subject requires meticulousness, creativity and perseverance, so it can reduce stress and insomnia of many people.

The psychological effects of art

  1. Consolidate memory

Human memory is not perfect, so it is easy to understand that fear of forgetting is one of the sources of depression in people. We can easily forget the specifics of people, places, buildings, parks, but I’m afraid that when combining those details together, we can forget a part of ourselves. But Armstrong and de Botton comforted us, just as we can only remember what matters most, a great artist is someone who knows exactly what to convey in the work and what should remove it.

2. Bring hope

Our conflicting relationship with beauty presents a special paradox: Popular works often have a popular beauty, but academic art critics see them as products. “Decadence” of tastes and wisdom. Good looking things often imply that they are perceived to be oversimplified, as if if they want this world to be brighter then just add a little bit of flowers to it. That innocence and simplicity distract us from the effort to change. In addition, the forest limit is always afraid that good-looking things will make us “unaware of the injustices surrounding us”.

3. Identify sadness

Art not only helps us spread positive emotions, but also reminds us that “sadness is an essential part of a good life.”

4. Help rebalance
This function of art also helps explain the diversity of each of our tastes – because each individual is ‘unbalanced’ in different ways, so people also look to other works of art. each other to soothe your state

5. Help yourself understand
 Through art, we can communicate with others in a secret and subtle way about what makes people and what we believe, in a way that the words can never be fully captured.

6. Help mature

In addition to providing a deep sense of self, art also helps us to expand the boundaries of who we are by helping us overcome fear with strange and generous things to receive our things.

7. Improving the ability to enjoy
At that time, art can help us form a habit of paying attention to what is really great and deserving to enjoy with pleasure:

Art is a resource that can help us reassess more precisely what is valuable by trying different things with our daily routine and motivating us to re-calibrate what we admire and love. prefer.

Ikebana: Japanese traditional flower arrangement art

Ikebana is a traditional art of flower arrangement in Japan that has a long history, originating in the 7th century. The method of flower arrangement is a delicate custom, where nature breathes into a subject of a simple sculpture.

Ikebana creates the shape and temperament of the work by arranging branches and flowers, and branches into a whole that expresses the feelings of people who plug.

Having peaked in the 16th century, Japanese traditional flower arrangement art was being revived with more and more people participating in the practice. Today, Ikebana focuses on creativity from colors and shapes to lines. Traditional ingredients like bamboo grass and plum branches are interspersed with seasonal grass flowers of each region.

To learn more about Ikebana, also known as Kadou, join us to learn about its history, its hidden philosophy and the basic styles of this art form.

    Shinto, the national religion of 1945, has a tradition of worshiping plants and the abundance of nature. Many grass flowers are given special meaning and become offerings to the kami souls in Shintoism. In the 7th century, when Buddhism came to Japan, flowers began to be used for sacrifice. Flower arrangement first appeared in temple worship ceremonies, gradually popular and symbolic. By the end of the fifteenth century, Mac Lord Ashikaga Yoshimasa had become a great proponent for the tea ceremony and the Chinese religion. He believed that divine sacrifices demanded a lot of hard work and, in particular, began to introduce rules for the art of Ikebana flower arrangement later on.

By the sixteenth century, the different schools of Ikebana were established and gradually separated from the strict religious context. Flower plugging is often done by Japanese generals because they believe it can help liberate the mind to make the right decisions on the battlefield. At this time, people also have special niches called tokonoma used to place flowers.

Although Ikebana has dropped significantly after the seventeenth century, today there are still more than 1,000 schools teaching this type of art. It includes Ikenobō, the largest and oldest school built by a monk in the 15th century, located inside the Rokkaku-dō temple in Kyoto.

In Japan, every plant species contains a distinct meaning. So people are very careful and strict in choosing materials to flower. For example, eternal sense pine trees are often used during the new year. On March 3 every year, peach branches are blooming and used for Dolls. The flexible bamboo symbolizes youthful strength while the apricot branches bloomed as a symbol of old age.

The meaning of Ikebana is expressed through the composition as well as the color. High winds in Japan often occur in March, so during this time, people often use curved branches to reflect the movement of the wind. White flowers are used during the housewarming occasion, because they represent water, helping the landlord to withdraw from all fires, while on the contrary, red flowers like fire will be avoided. The language of flowers, also known as hanakhotoba, will help us understand more about the specific meaning of each plant grass in Japan.

When Ikebana became part of Japanese culture through Buddhism, it brought more philosophical meanings from religion. Ikebana practitioners believe that it is advisable to pay attention and patiently flower in silence. This meditation aspect helps the insights to understand the flowers deeply, arranging beautiful and above-all layouts that are more natural.

It is important that plug-ins must understand how to manipulate materials to highlight their inherent beauty. Flowers can be disconnected and reassembled in a more aesthetically compatible or pliable position, which can be trimmed as a background for other flowers. Branches can be bent or straightened for complex shapes. Both dry and fresh materials are cut or painted as needed to harmonize the composition.

MOCA-ideal place for those who are passionate about contemporary art

Built in 2012 with the name of the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Bangkok – MOCA has so far become a tourist destination in Thailand to attract many visitors to visit. This 5-storey building is home to more than 800 works and is collected by media capitalist Boonchai Bencharongkul.

MOCA has 5 floors containing more than 800 works, the purpose of introducing the development of Thai art since the introduction of Western art. The museum is open from 10:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays), tickets are usually 180 baht, 80 baht for students and free for Thai tourists over 60 or under 15 years old. This place exhibits from paintings for sophisticated sculptures, very worth seeing.

Not only showcasing works on traditional themes, but MOCA is also a place for artists to freely explore topics such as religion, corruption, prostitution and wear and tear of traditional values. All Thai artists’ works have a display here. Prominent in that is the work of the author Prateep Khotchabua extremely bold, colorful. The two main themes in his work are animals and nude paintings.

It also has works of the famous white temple designer Chalermchai Kositpipat. His works are a combination of Buddhist themes and traditional Thai styles. He explored the relevance of Buddhism even in the urbanized environment of society. Thai tourists will feel the essence and originality of this artist’s works.

MOCA is also home to works from European artists from the Victorian era. There are also art works of Vietnam, China, Italy and Japan. You’ll also find rooms dedicated to the lifelong achievements of Thailand’s two most revered artists – Chalood Nimsamer, who uses his daughter’s image to show peace, warmth and gentleness, and Paitun Muangsomboon an artist with sculptures with surreal ideas – both artists are considered artists of the Nation in the field of sculpture.

The quite open space MOCA is filled with natural light will be an interesting destination for many Thai tourists love art. On the ground floor are cafes serving Twinings tea, hot chocolate and coffee. However, it only serves pre-packaged bread and biscuits. The Bangkok Museum of Contemporary Art is currently providing the art lovers with the most fascinating exhibition space of Thai art.

How Music Affects Your Soul

Music is indispensable in every person’s life. All melodies are emotional emotions, sorrowful feelings, and also the depictions of colorful life. Therefore, it can touch deep in the soul, awaken compassion in each person and bring them back to memory.

Music is a type of art that uses sound as a means of expressing artistic images to abstractly reflect aspects of life.

Music is the source of social culture as well as blood relation. Every child has heard his sweet lullabies. Those lullabies are knowledge music, a way of conveying the sympathy between sacred maternal love. Music has attached every moment, every stage of human life, from birth to death. Music is the breath of life.

Music and cinema

Music makes cinema art more lively. Imagine how boring romantic movies would be without the melody and sound. Similarly, suspenseful and thrilling movies will be less attractive and effective without interplay.

Educating and nurturing human love

Music plays an important role in personality education, especially raising awareness of social relationships, blood relations and everyday moral morality. Music is a source of inner inspiration, capable of creating the fullness of the soul, improving the willpower in life. It is worth mentioning that music creates very sophisticated emotional levels to tame the mind, which brings people back to their inherent personalities. The education of music has a great influence on people’s lives, especially emotional feelings.

Great effect of classical music

Classical music heard during happy or sad times brings their own emotions. When sad, it is a medicine to relieve sadness; It is a catalyst that helps listeners feel more deeply about the beauty of life. In particular, short symphonies with pure soft sounds can make children’s brain development. In addition, the effect of music on the fetus is essential in the process of forming the language stored in the brain.

In addition to these influences, researchers in the medical field also see the body responding to music by changing biological functions such as heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, muscle tension, relieving pain. , produce hormones, etc.