Kokeshi at the Hanami Festival

31 May

Final animation. Enjoy : )

A little information about the animation and its title:

The name of the animation derives from the dolls used in the stop motion (Kokeshi) which were given to people who attended hot spring resorts in the Tohuku region in the Northern of Japan. There are two types, traditional and creative Kokeshi. The traditional have limbless bodies with large heads with their kimonos displaying simple patterns from the areas the Kokeshi is created in. Creative Kokeshi are more modern, with the kimonos displaying patterns created from artists and their unique styles.

The Hanami Festival, with Hana meaning flowers and Mi is the verb of ‘to watch’, is a festival set in Japan every year from the end of March to early May which celebrates the bloom of the Sakura blossom trees, and watching the falling of the petals. Usually people gather (friends/family/work colleagues) and hold parties with food, drinks etc. It was first practiced with plum blossoms, or ume, in the Nara Period (710-794) but by the Heian Period (794-1185) Sakura blossoms were attracting more attention.

Hope you liked that little lesson.

And now that I am off for the couple of months from uni, I can finally somewhat relax but plan on doing things over the break. But that will all happen once I know my RyRy is out of hospital and all fine and dandy. In case you wonder he got admitted since Sunday afternoon (although we also went on Saturday morning but they told him to come back if pains persist, which it did) with abdominal pains and after leaving at 11:30pm on Sunday night I have been visiting him every day, buying him stuff he needs and staying until visiting hours are over.

He believes that he’ll come out by tomorrow, but I doubt it really. Although it would be wonderful if he did.

2 Responses to “Kokeshi at the Hanami Festival”

  1. Mark Armstrong June 4, 2012 at 16:28 #

    Fantastic, Wonderful, Outstanding, Superb, and Marvelous!!!

    Let’s see, did I forget anything? Oh, yes: Cool, Super-Creative, Tip-Top, and Fabulous!! I wish I coulda pushed the Like button ten times!!

    Really excellent, Sabine– loved it! And thanks for the lesson– that really put it all in context and added to the enjoyment.

    Loved the bus ride bit, and the zip-zoom over the bridge made me laugh! The stop-motion looked great, and I was very impressed with how you added animation to extend the effects– extremely well done, do take a well-deserved bow!! : )

    Sorry to be a bit late with this comment. Hope Ryan’s feeling better, do give him my best. Hang tough, and congrats again on a great job!!

    • Sabine June 4, 2012 at 18:04 #

      Thank you so much, Mark ^_^

      Hopefully you managed to view the animation well, as it was all funny looking on my side of the screen and I don’t know how to correct it o.O

      I’m glad the information has added the extra enjoyment to the animation, and that you liked the bus/bridge scenes. I’ll admit, it took me a few tries and hours to get the bridge scene right and for the Kokeshi dolls to stop toppling over each other!

      Unfortunately Ryan is still in hospital. Hoping something is done after this 4-day Queen’s Diamond Jubilee bank holiday is over since there has only been nurses and non-surgical doctors around and about the hospital. Then he can come back home ^__^

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