Daily life and traditions in the modern streets of Japan

Studio-SURO, Moscow, 4, Zhukovskogo str., M. Chistye prudy
Photo-exhibition, 07-13 April, 2016.


The first exhibition of “Japanese” series, where the Author pays tribute and thankfulness to her Japanese Friends: Yutaka Yoshizawa, Hideki Goto, Masatoshi Kitamori, Tsuneo&Aiko Tanji and Nobuo Umeda, who showed to Author Japan.

When I was a child, I scrutinized unusual Japanese things belonged to my grandfather and grandmother: wooden spools with the silk threads; tailor scissors, lengths of the thinnest silk, obi, combs.

 My grandfather was a naval officer. He served in the Far East from 1934 to 1947. In 1944 he and his family moved from Vladivostok to Sakhalin following a new appointment. From September 1945 family lived in Oodomari in the house of ex-owner of a horse ranch. One photo from this house was saved and is presented at this exhibition. My dad told me, that the couple on the photo is the son of ex-owner of the horse ranch with his young wife.

60 years later I visited Japan. It was pleasantly surprising that Japanese people, who had created one of the strongest world economies, look very interesting on the streets. Mixing European clothes with traditional elements and seasonal colors with fashionable tendencies, they change the ordinary pastel tones to bright ones and create special atmosphere on the streets.

The travelers’ impression is increasing by black gloves, sometimes up to shoulders and the faces covered with UV creams with whitening effect. The sunglasses, umbrellas and raincoats with UV protection are the modern version of wooden umbrellas, straw raincoats and hats in the form of a mushroom.

“Japanese women don’t muffle up the children”. “Wind is our friend”: speak Japanese while putting on a rubber boot on a naked children’s leg. It’s simple and functional.

“Woman is a human”… And a metamorphosis occurs with a head-dress of modern bride and reflection of the creativity sees on the face of fiancé…

Natalia Ushakova

Opening of exhibition: on 7 April at 7 p.m.
For your convenience opening would be repeating on 10 April at 3 p.m. (free parking)
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