This is something that slips past the Western viewers- it looks like it’s reaching out for Chihiro, in a malicious way, to the Western viewers. It’s what I thought growing up.
However, now, that I know that it’s a way of signalling for someone to ‘Come here!’ in Japan, the scene takes on a whole new meaning.
That spirit knows that if Chihiro doesn’t eat the food, she will disappear. And it knows if it offers the food, she cannot be cursed as a gluttonous pig because it wouldn’t have been stolen.
Just a unique take when you have all of the context.
And also, the red lanterns spell out ‘おいで’ which translates to “Come here” or “Come in” :)
(Source: calcifer, via facetiousbatman)
people who refuse to watch anything animated because they think its for people under the age of 10 are living a sad unfulfilled life and i can only pray that one day they will be able to see the light
neitherlandish asked: I went to Rome & Naples recently and I just want to say thank you for your work, because of it I found myself not just vaguely acknowledging the existence of POC in the paintings I saw but actively engaging with those works that did include noticeable variations in skin tone and different ethnicities. My previously ingrained sense to ignore or be uninterested with POC within history has been overturned- and now I have so much more rich history to explore. Thanks!
You know, this message really just makes my heart swell with joy. We’re trained in so many ways to “not see” things in art. They’re overshadowed by pre-constructed assumptions about art, race, and history that only look for confirmation; these same assumptions obscure variations in what we’ve been told to see.
And thank you for saying “ingrained sense to ignore or be uninterested”, because that’s one of the more insidious and difficult-to-explain concepts here. I’ve tried to show how racism+Eurocentric aesthetics affects how we decide what we like, and what we do not like.
The fact that you explained it so well gives me so much hope that these ideas are taking off-that people are exploring their own sight and finding their own voices to explore art and history in a really engaged and open way.
Added bonus: I really got a kick out of your url. :D
He’s only 14 but already has quite a talent show. His name is Zev but is also known as Oak Fiddle. And apart from his talent, especially Zev has an imagination that allows him to model action through highly successful images. Below is a selection of his achievements in bringing about the heart of his people in miniature operating in the real world. A fun and smart way to give importance to the detail photograph and nature.
NASA plans a robotic mission to search for life on Europa | io9
It looks like it’s finally going to happen, an actual mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa — one of the the solar system’s best candidates for hosting alien life.
Yesterday, NASA announced an injection of $17.5 billion from the federal government (down by $1.2 billion from its 2010 peak). Of this, $15 million will be allocated for “pre-formulation” work on a mission to Europa, with plans to make detailed observations from orbit and possibly sample its interior oceans with a robotic probe. Mission details are sparse, but if all goes well, it could be launched by 2025 and arriving in the early 2030s.
This is incredibly exciting. Recent evidence points to a reasonable chance of habitability. Its massive subsurface ocean contains almost twice as much water as found on Earth. The water is kept in liquid state owing to the gravitational forces exerted by Jupiter and the moon’s turbulent global ocean currents. The good news is that a probe may not have to dig very deep to conduct its search for life; the moon’s massive plumes are ejecting water directly onto the surface.