Why Many Are Critical of Having a “Hafu” as Miss Universe For Japan

E! News has recently reported that, Ariana Miyamoto, is Japan’s new Miss Universe. Along with this, they have also noted the controversy she has brought upon the public. Miss Miyamoto is a native to Nagasaki and is perfectly fluent in Japanese. Ultimately, the current primary issue at stake is that she is what Japanese people would consider, “hafu” (a term often utilized to refer to a person of biracial descent).

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Wait, What? So They’re Saying All Koreans Do Look Alike Now…?

One of the most hated things a person can do is make a comment implying that people of a specific race, ethnicity or culture all look alike, it’s disgusting, racist and insensitive. However in maybe some sort of attempt to create a standard “perception of beauty”, plastic surgeons from South Korea have managed to make their models all look pretty much the same. Details after the break. Read More

Daido Moriyama: The Mighty Power via NOWNESS

The Legendary Photographer Plunges Into the Dark Corners and Bright Lights of Hong Kong: Acclaimed Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama’s sensual approach to the urban landscape is revealed in this edifying short by the Hong Kong-based filmmaker Ringo Tang. Now in his 70s, Moriyama shot to fame when his grainy black-and-white images depicting a post-war Japan in flux won the country’s New Artist Award in 1967 and has since had major retrospectives at the New York Metropolitan Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1999), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2008) and, currently, at Tate Modern in tandem with William Klein. His high-contrast, distorted imagery and raw-verging-on-sordid content has influenced the work of countless photographers. Tang’s relationship to the master of harsh street photography is especially poetic: “The Moriyama black has always fascinated me,” the director writes in homage. “A thick slash of heavy black, so overwhelming.” Filmed while Moriyama was in Hong Kong for his first ever solo exhibition there, the short splices examples of his oeuvre with footage of the artist himself, whose short sentences are layered over the industrial beat of the city. The result taps into Moriyama’s engaged, multi-sensory experience of the metropolis, which he investigates using not only sight, but also smell and sound. Observations such as “The past cannot be captured by the present, the present can only be captured in the moment” crystallize what Moriyama refers to as “the mighty power” of photography. Video after the jump.

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MMXLII Baby of the Week: Yuri “Lily” Lee

Yuri “Lily” Lee: Ukrainian, Korean, Brazilian, Japanese, Hawaiian, Irish, Greek, British, and German.  We just posted her pic to our Pinterest today just like that she already received a repin and a like.  Judging by her picture the parents are ready to send plenty of attention their daughter’s way.  Visit our pinterest to vote for your choice of MMXLII Baby of the week.

Hiroshi Fujiwara – Digest Ver. [MUSIC VIDEO]

A man of many hats, Japanese designer, producer, musician and “godfather of streetwear” Hiroshi Fujiwara returns with another display of his musical talents, this time in the form of a new music video. Focusing predominately on the musician himself, the video sees the artist performing with his guitar in a variety of settings. A stark look that perfectly accompanies the subtly-layered acoustic track, the video serves as a precursor to the single’s official physical release via fragment24 on July 11. – via Hypebeast

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection & iPhone App – A First Look

Spotted at HighSnobiety:

Today we come across the very first official images of the upcoming collaboration by Louis Vuitton and Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The two have already worked on exhibitions together in London and an upcoming one in New York and in order to bring things full circle, have of course also worked on collaborative products.

After a first encounter by Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs and the artist in 2006, the collaboration will finally make its way into LV stores this summer. 2 days ahead of the Whitney Museum New York exhibition opening, on July 10th, “Vuitton will unveil a line of clothes and accessories done in collaboration with the artist. Ranging from trenchcoats and silk pajamas to a pendant necklace and wristwatch, the collection is due in Vuitton’s 461 stores in the days that follow the opening, with a second wave of products — hinged on monogram leather goods festooned with Kusama’s tentaclelike “nerves” motif — due out in October.”

Furthermore Louis Vuitton will launch an iPhone App next month that will allow users to take pictures and customize them with Kusama motifs such as her dots. The app will be available in both English and Japanese and will not be linked to any product.

Peep more pictures after the jump.

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