COCOSKIES | An art blog: November 2014


Etsy Print Love

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None of the prints in this post were created by me.
Just a friendly reminder to support your independent businesses this Christmas! There are so many unique gifts that can be found on Etsy but I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite print artists! If you see a print you like, click it and it should take you straight to the owner's shop.


Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

Location: Osaka Castle, Japan.
I arrived late during the evening but the efficiency of everything was instantly noticeable. What stood out to me most was the lack of wastefulness. People don't occupy unnecessary space if they don't need to, they simply use just enough to meet their needs. The parking spaces are just enough to squeeze a car into, as are the small eateries that line the main subway stations. Osaka City (or Osaka-Shi, locally) is currently the thirteenth largest city in the world, just behind Beijing. It has one of the highest longevity rates, yet the country's fertility-rate is rapidly declining. Combined, these two factors have led to the current Japanese population being predominantly elderly. It isn't unusual to see a senior citizen working late in the Subway, which surprised me at first because it's quite a rare sight in the UK. But as with anything, the longer you are exposed to it, the more familiar the occurrence becomes. Even though Osaka in particular has a high population density, it is a surprisingly clean city. Everybody contributes by doing their small part. There is a strong sense of pride that derives from keeping everything orderly and maintaining this gratification extends well beyond the boundaries of the home.

Very early on in the trip I began to realise that 9 days was probably not enough to adequately document the rich culture that nestles within this amazing country. Though, I have tried my best. The next series of posts are going to focus on my travels around Japan, I really hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed my time there. If you want to ask me anything along the way, go for it! I always enjoy reading your comments.