20170518

PANTONE color of the year





Every year PANTONE is choosing a colour which they think is significant for the recent period. I always enjoy it to have a look. 2017 it's "Greenery" and especially remarkable and matcha-like.

"Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world."

Curious what comes next.

20170514

moments



The perfect temperature.
Air smelling like childhood.
Open windows.

20170511

20170503

superficial

This topic seems random, even superficial, at least regarding what i've written before. Yet, for me it's like a symbolic turning point. It happend in late summer two years ago. And it's about fashion.




I've never been a fashionista and still i'm no style icon. I remember times in my life i was more confident about my appearance and times i felt less confident (nearing break down every time i had to dress and leave the house). I remember tomboy times, times with long skirts and dyed shirts and times i may have been near to somewhat i could call 'my style'. Entered adulthood i wore, or bought and never wore, pieces i liked (on the hanger), pieces other people liked on me, pieces i liked on other people, pieces i thought they would make me the person i wanted to be, pieces that were reasonably priced or pieces i needed immediately, no matter what. To top it all for a long period i had problems to keep my weight. So everything in my wardrobe gave me either the appearance of a tightly stuffed German sausage or were awkwardly baggy. The fact that as a child of a citizen society, continental climate and somehow indoctrinated by a not wholly understood feminism didn't help to make things better for me. You learn early to dress decently. That means not sloppy – but it also means not to distinguish being overdressed, too feminine or special in anyway. Straight jeans and a pullover, an outdoor jacket and shoes for walking, if necessary, a simple blouse with pencil skirt, everything is fine here. Or would have been fine, since globalization is setting a new benchmark now.

It may have been the infinite internet, also living in a big city for years now, for sure it was my interest in silent beauty and minimalism that gave me subliminal hints and triggered a process. I began wondering about my appearance.

It sounds weird, but the cat i used to have 'wore' delicate black fur that was cat-shaped and seemed to be comfortable, also perfectly matching with his green eyes. Cat looked good, no need to bleach or to pull over a poodle uniform... You can also take a horse or a deer or a penguin. It will still sound weird but it illustrates pretty well that we humans do hardly have that conception of ourselves.

It's quite unlikely that in near future we will start to life our lives outside of our shower cabinets naked. So what is my fur? Is it what fashion industry wants to sell right now? Is it water resistant with bold coloures? Does it have a certain price level?...

I made my choice basically by considering several points. I will write more on them later and link back: Material, purpose and care, colour and cut, preferences (Yes! Since we're humans we can choose. :-)

I was surprised how easy it was, after abandoning that fear that someone could call me superficial if i care about my appearance. It went smoothly and almost everything goes together now. For example i can mix and match things. Outfits for work are quite the same as outfits for parties or outfits for the playground. And that's okay, because everything is me. Sure, there are still clothes witch aren't perfect. But now i know why! Shopping is no torture anymore and i feel way more confident.

So far about clothes and hair and accessories, glasses and so on. And i have the fair feeling that one could do similar things even on a more profound level... let's see.

little moments




20170327

20170317

a new point of view


Hallo...

test... test...

anyone out there?



It's 2017 already. Everything has changed – and nothing. Still the same family, still the same apartment, still the same job, still the same interests.

The perspective has changed.

We (or let's talk about me, i) faced a rough time that taught me lessons of life on the hard way. I would have had preferred a gentle teacher, but it is what it is.

The things i'm dealing with these days reconnect to issues i was writing about here and transfer them to a higher, or let's say a wider level. For a long time i felt attracted to the beauty of (everyday) life, especially loving, collecting, reading, writing about... things. – About arts and crafts, architecture, food, about plants and seasons and so on, about things that are pure, honest, direct and "made by life", like that big red dot on the header of this blog is suggesting it for years now. I became aware that i've been admiring these wonderful things, hoping and helping to see and understand them, to learn from their unique characters and history to lead a good life, while i was excluding myself!

The recent journey is about to include everything. I'm eager and curious. And i may need it.




20160108

2016


 

A happy New Year to all of you!
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20150325

seasons (change :)

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Seasons from Naoko Hara on Vimeo.


Long time no see. How are you?

We're fine. Still seeking overambitiously for the sense of life and how to do things right ;-D. Mister nezumiiro, after years, is slowly turning back to handicrafts. What is great, i think. I have joined pottery class, experiencing what i always knew: it's hard and a lot of fun. But since half a year i'm mostly taking care of a little grumpy and stinky baby. Our little sunshine and the best and cutest child in the world (mommy thinks). So the very sparse blog posts got even sparser.

On the other hand it seems to me that blogosphere isn't as exciting as it was before. Time is flying and people are using other media and technologies. Several of my former favourite sites are starving like my own. But some remained and their authors are doing a fabulous job. - Like this one e.g.. Spoon & Tamago has grown into an exciting blog - shop - gallery. Recently they posted the video above. This article about Tomo Tanaka and Nunu's House handmade household miniatures is also fun! Take a look, it's amazing.

Well, little sunshine is demanding attention again. Hope to "see" you soon!
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20140626

focus on things

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Since yesterday i’m on vacation: at home. I’ve been too unsettled to decide on any destination for a trip. May i find some quiet in my own four walls!

So yesterday was the first day of my summer holidays – and almost the first thing i did in the morning was going to bed again, putting my pillow over my face and sleeping for another one or two hours. All because some kind of vacation stress had hit me.

As i told you several times my job isn’t very demanding. It’s a job i’m not trained for. It doesn’t hardly need any trainig. My business trips may lead me to the next post office and also all my other tasks, including the delegated responsibilities like having an eye on money and the kids, or staff, closing the doors at night and making some phone calls could manage any housewife. So the only really stressful aspects of this employment are that it’s time consuming and leaves that vague idea of missing my real life, missing somthing i’m more likely supposed to do.

I guess that’s an illness caused by the flood of possibilities our generation has, some kind of faked freedom. The result is that i’m somehow stressed out now that my vacation started, analyzing that one million possibilities i have to do in my days off and in my life instead of simply putting my feet up, those feet that day by day do their job ten hours long mostly for somebody else, for little money, instead of holding my smiling holiday face into the sun like our father’s generation still did. Yet, these aren’t times i wish to come back...



Today then an article was posted on one of my frequently red blogs. It deals with my issue. It’s about focusing on one thing. Here’s the video published along with it.



James Hamblin/The Atlantic


It’s funny because while reading that post (actually while i was randomly web surfing) i had in mind:

  1. Doing the dishes (or rather procrastinating doing them)
  2. Cutting back the greens on the balcony
  3. Pondering if those little animals in the planter are useful or should better go – how?
  4. Taking photos of (quite unnecessary) things
  5. Considering to revise this weblog
  6. Sending an email to a friend who asked for help with a translation
  7. Thinking about getting a better human (e.g. visiting my parents more often)
  8. (Thinking of) planning a daytrip for tomorrow (– not to my parent’s house)
  9. Giving attention to my husband’s thoughts on life
  10. Thinking about our future and the things we have (to think) to do



It’s exactly this! It’s exactly this that yesterday made me go to bed again right after getting up.



PS —I was surprised (or i actually wasn’t after observing the recent trend) that the last word the guy in the video is saying is ”buddhism”. I’m no buddhist and far from missionizing. Like most of us i’m a child of the mentioned flood of possibilities and not so much into religion of any kind. But, as you may have recognized, many of my interests trace back to Zen, a branch of buddhism. The idea seems to be a welcome retreat from our reality that has become difficult to focus. If it only was so easy.

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