Men’s Undgarment/Juban - Japan - Early to Mid-Meiji (1868-1900)
A fine dense silk man’s Juban featuring the rare motifs of ‘Suzume Odori” (Sparrow Dance). Painting on silk.
The Sparrow dance originated about four hundred years ago - in 1603 - as an improvised dance by drunken Osaka-based stonemasons at the formal celebration in the presence of the area’s lord Date Masamune in honor of the construction of Sendai Castle. With its upbeat tempo, energetic movements and hopping dance which resembles sparrows pecking their food, and also because the family crest of Date is “bamboo and sparrow”, the dance came to be called “sparrow dance”.
I am hurt and I am angry, but I will never become as terrible as you.
What a wonderful work.
Robert Smithson - Yucatán Mirror Displacements (1968)
"Smithson’s Mirror Displacements began as a deconstruction of John Lloyd Stephens’s 1841 expedition Incidents of Travel in Yucatán. Despite the similarity of title, the context of Smithson’s journey was about visual perception and displacement while Stephens’s travels to the Yucatán were anthropological and archeological.
Stephens brought back hundreds of artifacts from his expedition which would eventually become a part of the collection at the American Museum of Natural History. It was through this collection that the young Robert Smithson was initially exposed to Mexican and Central American antiquities. Several years later, Smithson set out on his own ‘anti-expedition’ which culminated in his Yucatán Mirror Displacements. It was through this work that Smithson fractured the solidity of a landscape and created a double vision.”
My soul, my life…
Black Cat, Toraji Ishikawa(1875-1964, Japanese)
A flexible rapier made during the 19th century in Toledo, Spain.
Yes ~ VIOLENZIA is here!
Wow. That doesn’t come close to what I felt seeing these images…
Moira Shearer in The Tales of Hoffmann, 1951
EDIT (12/17/13, 3:45pm): Within hours of this post going viral, I received a call from Helen Moore, the CSD for Golden Gate Bus. It was a good call. They’re paying attention. They want to fix this. I don’t know what will happen with the driver who laughed and shook my harasser’s hand, but…
theteej asked: Hi Manatee, Thanks for being a constant voice of love and support. I'm applying for academic jobs right now, and it's a lot of stress and worry, particularly after having just spent six years completing my PhD. I feel anxious and tired as I keep applying and I try not to let the rejections get me down. Any suggestions for how to cope, my underwater friend?
Hello there, my love.
First of all, congratulations on doing your PhD! That must have been a lot of hard work, and it is a testament to your hard work and intelligence that you finished it. May I ask what it was about?
That is a really hard situation. No wonder you are so stressed out. It’s not only hard work, but rejection can be hard and it’s a big change for you. I just want to reassure you that it is okay to feel how you are feeling.
All you can do is be patient, I’m afraid. I have no doubt that you will find something that will make you happy, but there’s a chance it might take some time. All you can do is keep trying, and remember that the rejections are not about you. Good things will come, because you are good and a wonderful person.
Patience is the surest path to victory, my love. You are going to be just fine.
Please talk to me if you are feeling stressed. I am always here to lean on if you need.
Congratulations again. I am so proud of you.
The Chronicle of Higher Education should have a Calming Manatee column.
The New Yorker - December 13, 1952. Art by Leonard Dove.