Assignment: Intra/cross/intercultural material analysis “Memoirs of a Geisha” The modern American typically approaches Japanese culture with a kind of wary fascination. Although the US seemingly never fails to find some sense of mystique with all things ‘Oriental’, the average Joe’s obsession with Japan’s exploits belays a deep rooted xenophobia that brings to mind the scratchy footages of alien sightings, or indeed, of faded posters brandishing World War II propagandas. The unfortunate circumstances under which those two cultures first came into close contact had certainly left their marks, namely a myriad of misconceptions and general negative impressions. Decades after the Pearl Harbour Bombing, it was an American movie celebrating one of the most elusive aspects of Japanese culture that gave audience a glimpse into the emergence of those misbelieves. Bringing to the big screen the world of Japan’s much celebrated Geisha, “Memoirs of a Geisha” has also revealed how the unwitting acts of outsiders almost brought to ruins one of the most distinct aspects of an entire culture.
Not too long ago tattooing did not experience the popularity it does today. Looking back at how people once perceived tattoos years ago and how they are becoming more and more common in today’s society shows how times are changing. It is obviously clear that tattoos have broken through their mysterious outlaw image; although to some, may be still viewed as rebellious behavior. Our culture has come a long way in what is seen as conservative and have exasperated many other ways of rebellion and more importantly ways of expressing themselves. Tattoos can now be worn proudly on the outside to show how one feels on the inside.
The History of Tattoos There is an art form that many of us know about today. We see it everywhere, and on many different walks of life. Tattoos are so taboo, yet so fascinating. While tattooing is negative and unacceptable among some people in the world, I believe tattoos are away of self expression. When it comes to getting a tattoo, or body art, the pain you endure makes the story of the tattoo more interesting.
The Picts were supposedly tattooed (or scarified) with elaborate dark blue woad (or possibly copper for the blue tone) designs, though only Julius Caesar described these tattoos in Book V of his Gallic Wars (54 BCE). Tattooing for spiritual and decorative purposes in Japan is thought to extend back to at least the Jōmon or Paleolithic period (approximately 10,000 BCE) and was widespread during various periods for both the Japanese and the native Ainu. Chinese visitors observed and remarked on the tattoos in Japan (300 BCE); this just shows that tattoos have their own meaning in each culture and
On the other hand the Sumerians had begun specialization in labor such as farming, pottery, boats, medicine, cosmetics and construction. They had also developed a form of writing called cuneiform in which symbols were made with a reed or stylus and then dried in the sun they talked about trade, government, and religion. Government in the Sumerian
The chosen artifact has a lot of symbols on it. It is a cylinder seal. It looks as if it was clay and eventually dried up. There are a lot of different shapes such as triangles, arrows, huge holes, and random lines all over the artifact. These cylinder seals were used to transport messages between people.
Marbles were artistically used in building constructions. Marble paintings and sculptures were also common. It is also during the Roman Empire that bricks were made which became popularly used in constructions. That was the era of Emperor Augustus where Rome which was used to be a city of marble was turned to be a city of brick. The era made many refined brick makers and craftspeople.
Keith Mitchell Since our departure from Chinese cinema we have explored Taiwanese, Korean, and Japanese films. Through these films we have witnessed many powerful images, be it new creative ways to enjoy a ripened watermelon or the impermeability of a Japanese mobster. The most prevailing image that I have observed in our new series of films is one that continues to purvey in Japanese films. The way in which Japanese life has been portrayed in the films we have seen thus far is a life that I do not want to live. For this journal I want to discuss the portrayal of Japanese life as a mundane and trite existence through the film Hana and Alice.
It also depicts with a considerable degree of realism what life was like for the powerful elites of Heian nobility.” The story touches on themes of love, marriage, sexual politics, death, and more, but also goes further by showing “the influence of Buddhism on Japanese views, thoughts, and expressions of beauty” (Li). Aesthetics at the time of Genji had a completely different meaning then they so in today’s times. The purpose of this paper will be to compare and contrast Heian Japanese aesthetics as revealed in the novel The Tale of Genji with contemporary American perceptions or views of beauty as suggested in the media such as in films, television, magazines, newspapers, and on the internet. To compare and contrast these two things, one must look at the examples of aesthetics in The Tale of Genji. The story itself is written to connect the reader with both details of people and nature.
Tattoo’s today are a form of expression for individuals who love to be artistic. In society tattoos are more accepted than they ever have been, but there are still some negative thoughts and opinions about tattoos as well. Most of these negative opinions are from individuals relating tattoos with gangs, alcohol, and drugs. These are the most common stereotypes. Even with tattoos there are several people in the world today that are just as productive and successful as people with tattoos.