Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bodypaint

Today, I am a year older and there’s no stopping it. Most of you are aware of my yearly birthday tradition - photo shoot in birthday suit. I was running out of idea and then I met Ai-san, a body painter in Yokohama, in one of photography meet-ups.

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Seasons 

Was I born in spring 
the crib was made of sakura 
petals and daffodils 

perhaps, my first cry 
was in summer 
where the children's room is painted 
with all shades of green 

or was it in autumn 
i tried to reach maple 
leaves falling 

maybe winter 
where the breeze cradled me 
with snowflakes 

but there's the warmth of a hammock
comforting me
in spring, winter, summer, fall

 /totomai

I always thought that body-painting is an interesting yet difficult art, both to the painter and the subject. I wanted to experience it, I can't be a painter so I need to be the model. Since I have been in Japan for more than a decade, I decided to have the four seasons as my concept. This could be a sort of tribute too, who knows, this may be my last year in Japan.  Four seasons would mean a year-long celebration.

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Ai-san was very patient in painting my entirety. I hoped I was not a difficult subject. I may consider this is an alternative career. Ha ha! Overall, it was a fun-filled activity. Thanks to Ai-san and my photographer friends, Noli and Dave.

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2016 is still a great year for me despite a not so good year-end career-wise. I have a lot to look forward to next year and start another chapter of my life. Being 39.

/totomai
2016/12/29

31 comments:

  1. Goodness .. must take a lot of patience to get that done!! Amazing. Happy birthday.

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    1. 5 hours, thot haha
      it was fun though

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  2. Happy birthday and happy new year Totomai - i think you have the spirit of all seasons inside you

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  3. o my...you are amazing totomai...it's such a delight to visit your blog and feel joyful always...Happy Birthday & A Very Happy New year...

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    1. Thanks Sumana and Happy New Year too

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  4. body painting, wow! this is amazing artwork. takes some courage to do that too. bet it's an unforgettable experience. :)

    Happy birthday, totomai! and a very Happy New Year too!

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    1. Thanks ds! Tiring but fun. Happy New Year

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  5. What a talented body painter. And the photos are wonderful. Wow! Hope the new year brings you all good things, totomai.

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  6. A remarkable personal study. The painting is beautifully rendered on the living model. Congratulations on your birthday and best of luck for 2017.

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    1. Thanks Kerry. Hope 2017 will be good to all of us

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  7. This is fantastic. And I love the way you've illustrated it with your poetry.

    Happy Birthday.

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  8. beautiful poem, killer photos!

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  9. Stunning poem, body art, perspective, photography, person. You are fabulous. Happy birthday.

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    1. Thanks laundry girl. Removing the paint was a challenge

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  10. Words aren't enough to express just how incredible this poem is!!❤️ Happy Birthday Totomai!

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  11. Totomai, you are a constant inspiration! The painting is fabulous, the poem is very beautiful, and I like the concept of celebrating each season. Happy (slightly belated) birthday and I wish you a wonderful year.

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    1. Oh, and I must add, congratulations to your photographers for their brilliant work. The parasol, too, is an inspired idea.

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    2. The parasol was a special request by the bodypainter.. Thanks Rosemary

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  12. Fascinating. Another amazing post. The addition of the parasol was brilliant. Loved the poem.

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  13. One must have the patience to fulfill the urge of celebrating in a most colorful way. totomai! Happy birthday and lots more to come (considering you are not even forty)

    Hank

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  14. I love how you make your birthdays special. This one is so creative and unique. Love it. Good luck with your career, your travels, your dreams.

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  15. I love the colors and textures living in the hammock in all seasons. And in memory. And on the human body. I would recommend everyone try body paint at least once--at least part of it. It's more sensual than tattoo and much less permanent. I love your adventurous spirit and the resultant photography.

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    1. Yeah, I also recommend body painting to everyone. As for tattoo, I don't think I'll do it. Thanks Susan.

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