This interesting article showed up in the WSJ.
The effect of social justice bullying is that somewhere a culture dies. Anybody reading this blog for very long will not be surprised that I love Japan and Japanese things. I hate social justice bullying even more. Who are a bunch of ignorant college students steeped in revolutionary rhetoric to tell the people putting on an exhibit what they can do. Especially when the people responsible for the exhibit are from the culture that was supposedly being appropriated. The sane people who WANT the culture to be appropriated.
The Social Justice Bullies that had the Museum Of Fine Arts shut down their kimono exhibition last summer didn’t care that the museum and others were trying to keep a culture that’s dying alive. Living culture has live outside museums. Al too often it’s the last stubborn people trying to keep a part of their culture alive need the support.
I will note that the Museum Of Fine Arts is apparently a temple to Japanese culture. I’ve never been there, but I think I’m going to have to make an effort.
The people who work so hard to keep the old and dying from disappearing don’t care where that support comes from, so long as they get it. They need the support or something good will disappear forever.
As I pointed out before art needs people to support it. It doesn’t matter where you come from, only that you love it. The impact of the students social justice bullying won’t be felt by them who lost nothing they really cared about, as much as they claim to be victims. the impact will be felt in those workshops in Kyoto and our future when there is nothing more than yet another hole in the culture of us all.
A great article in the Japan Times.
This is clearly a SJW attack on culture that is directly at odds with the culture that produced it to the detriment of that culture. The Japanese don’t care if their culture is appropriated. In fact that’s exactly what they want. In fact that’s what they have wanted almost from the minute Admiral Peary’s ships showed up in Tokyo Bay. Except for the Shoguns who were stifling the country and the culture. But this is typical of SJW behavior where the only thing that matters is power and control. The fact that they are hurting the people they purport to help is only a bonus as far as they are concerned.
What they don’t seem to care about is the fact that art only survives as long as there is an audience for it. Art needs somebody who cares. That’s especially true of traditional fashion like the kimono. The fact is that if we don’t appreciate our treasures, we will soon no longer have them.
I wonder if the people who were complaining about kimono wearing at the MFA will come to down to NYC and protest at fashion week too. If you like Japanese culture and fashion this looks like a good cause to contribute to.
Everyone knows what a kimono is – the beautifully designed, traditional Japanese garb that is still worn for formal occasions, even today. But did you know the kimono-making industry is in crisis? With its artisans aging and not enough newcomers taking up the mantle, the market has been dwindling quickly over the past few decades.
But there are a few who are trying to revive this dying tradition, by taking kimonos to the runway at New York Fashion Week. Would you like to see this become a reality? Find out how you can help!
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Yesterday there was some news about a protest over the “racist” Museum of Fine Arts and it’s sharing of a Kimono while exhibiting a Monet of a young French woman wearing a very elaborate kimono.
Of course the MFA is SO bigoted against the Japanese that they wouldn’t just fill the museum with Japanese art and culture. But that’s what they did this Summer. How can you be bigoted against something you care so much about.
2015 has been a good year for lovers of Japanese art in Boston. The city’s phenomenal Museum of Fine Arts has hosted not just one, but three special exhibitions of Japanese art so far this year, along with its newly restored Japanese garden outside. The most hyped of all of these is an exhibition dedicated solely to Katsushika Hokusai, one of the most important ukiyo-e painters and printmakers of the Edo period who’s best known as the creator of The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
Besides the Hokusai collection, the museum is also hosting a particularly powerful exhibit displaying the work of 17 photographers in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku triple disasters, along with a lighthearted exhibit showcasing prints of some whimsical Japanese toys and games. As all three of the exhibitions are preparing to wind down within the next few weeks after hosting thousands of visitors over…
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