March 14, 2011

About being strong.

Filed under: Uncategorized — blindcopy @ 7:18 pm

There is so much misery in this world, and life goes on (it has to), but it’s impossible for me to go back to normal, while people in Japan suffer and bad news keep on coming in by the second. I can barely watch TV these days, which makes me feel so weak. At the same time I’m so proud to see how the Japanese try to deal with the catastrophe. I know they’ll rise above this.

Of course there’s no way Alex and I will enjoy our planned trip to Japan on 1st of April. But we haven’t cancelled, yet, as I’d love to see my family (my grandma and my uncle who are safe, thank God) now more than ever. It doesn’t look good, though, and we’ll make a sensible decision within the next couple of days I guess.

She might not be overjoyed to turn up or be related with a sad post like this, but she’s someone I wanted to introduce here (if you don’t know her blog, which you probably already do) a looooong time ago. And since she’s been to Japan and knows all about the beauty of the people and the country, I think there couldn’t be a better time to mention her blog here:

Check out the gorgeous, funny and unbelievably talented Al and her blog, The Red Dot!

There’s no way you wouldn’t enjoy reading her witty stories! And her beautiful illustrations… What a waste of talent – this strong lady is going to be a scientist! A real one! When she recently re-launched her blog, she dropped her Givenchy girl, which had been part of her header. I was rather sad about it so she did – what? She sent it to me by email!  I think I will print it and frame it. I love it and I love Al for sending it to me! Thank you Al, you’re the best! Seriously.

(courtesy of The Red Dot)

If you want to do anything to help people in Japan (and at the same time get something absolutely beautiful in return), buy Yoko Furusho’s wonderful illustration for USD 15. The artist will donate all the profits from the sales of this prints through Japan Red Cross and Yahoo Japan Volunteer for the rescue and recovery of the earth quake in Japan.

(And who pointed me to this link? Yep, Al – she’s also on twitter.)



  1. I’m just… moved to tears?

    No, really Kazuko I’m here at my desk at work and I look quite silly with this face staring at the PC… my thesis student is looking at me with an awkward face so I think it’s better I stop and I try to go back to the normal Al…

    Oh my I love you so much! And being in the same post that speaks about Japan, this country that we both love so much and that is part of your roots facing this terrible moment, makes me even more proud and happy of this mention.



    … Ok breathe…

    Thank you so much my dear!!! And I have already in mind a way to say thank you properly… But you’ll have to send me your home address! 😀

    many many kisses


    PS: “What a waste of talent – this strong lady is going to be a scientist! A real one!” LOL I really hope my boss doesn’t read your blog! XD

    Comment by Al — March 14, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

  2. It is so sad what has happened. Everyone is so shaken by it … I hope the country bounces back soon!

    What a sweet gesture. This is a beautiful sketch!

    from ©

    Comment by Tanvi — March 14, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

  3. It’s so good to finally see a post from you again. I’ve been missing you, Kazuko! It must be such a hard time for you, and going to Japan or not… what a difficult decision to make. I’m very relieved to hear your relatives are well. Like you I feel the strength of character, discipline and caring for each other will help the Japanese to get through this.

    Gotta check out your friend Al’s blog. She sounds lovely.


    Comment by Sabine — March 15, 2011 @ 12:05 am

  4. […] I ALMOST FORGOT! The thing that made me the happiest girl in the world!!! This post of the amazing Kazuko! She’s also speaking about me there (and I still can’t believe it) *heart-shaped eyes* […]

    Pingback by Easy peasy Vintage (and the “Margiela corollary” to Lavoisier’s law) | The Red Dot — March 15, 2011 @ 3:44 am

  5. i checked al’s blog. her illustrations are really lovely!

    what a relief it must be to know your dear family is safe! i cannot imagine what it must be like to go through a natural disaster of that scale. my experience with hurricanes and flooding can’t even begin to compare.

    i love the japanese culture. i look forward to visiting this wonderful country sometime in the not-so-distant future. the people seem so resilient; it’s amazing and inspiring.

    i hope you are able to visit your family very soon!


    Comment by style odyssey — March 15, 2011 @ 4:35 am

  6. Beautiful illustration and I’m already familiar with her wonderful blog. I’m glad your family is safe and well, but my thoughts are with those who’s families or friends were less fortunate. Thankfully those I know in Japan are safe as well (the only ‘damage’ being property damage). I’m sure heading to Japan won’t be the same now, but hopefully you’ll still get to see your family. I’m sure being in their presence will be a huge comfort to both you and them.

    Comment by HauteWorld — March 15, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  7. It is awful to see all those pictures, especially the ones of little children being scanned for radiation exposure. Good to hear your family is safe in all this misery.

    Did you read about the miracle baby?

    And I love Al’s blog! Her illustrations are just so witty. ❤

    Comment by mllesaraohara — March 16, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

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