reasons why halloween is the best holiday:
- you are not obliged to visit your relatives
- you are not obliged to get gifts for anyone
- people will give you candy for absolutely no reason other than halloween
- its the only day when its socially acceptable to go out in public dressed like a penguin
Students doing their homework at makeshift study stations built on a highway in Admiralty. As another week of protests is ending in Hong Kong, moments like these seem more and more striking. For many students the normal location for doing homework would be the McDonald’s / Starbucks territory or paid afterschool tutoring classes. Now, the ample space usually hogged by vehicles becomes a free study center, something almost unheard of in this city, and something that easily would feel like a radical improvement rather than a nuisance.
"They say that if God loves you, He will let you live a long life, but I wish that He loved me a little less. I wish that I didn’t live long enough to see my country in ruins."
-Ahmad, a 102 year old Syrian refugee.
photo: UNHCR, A. McConnell
A bunny kimono! The rabbits are wearing scarves and collars, and done in the common Japanese style of albino rabbits with red eyes. I really appreciate their gangly legs and feather-like ears, which give a sense of direction and almost leaf-like design to the rabbits. There are no flowers or any other design on the kimono itself, so if the rabbits were just sitting, they would be nearly circular and be more like polka-dots than flowers.
The obi here is amazing—though only a few flowers actually match the bright fuchsia color of the kimono, the little blue flowers and the yellow also match the tiny highlights on the rabbits’ collars and the whole thing is tied together very strongly with these three colors, plus the white highlights. This obi was MADE for this kimono—there is no juggling of nearly-there color or matching across the color wheel.
In addition, the lace under the obi (a very modern, almost “kimono hime” touch) as well as on the eri (collar) adds a lot of texture, as if the obi flowers are dripping onto the kimono. This coordination has no obijime or obiage but it might not need it. I could perhaps see another striped obiage added here, but it would have to be a pastel and not fight for dominance with these two extremely bright pieces.