100-Year-Old Hand-Colored Postcards Offer A Fascinating Glimpse Of Pre-War Japan

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Cherry blossom at Mukojima, Tokyo

Postcards can offer a fascinating glimpse into eras that have long since passed. The Digital Collections of the New York Public Library (NYPL) has released a selection of postcards from Japan in the early 20th century. Comprising hand-colored photographs, these landscape snapshots represent the country—specifically the Tokyo and Yokohama regions—and the culture at a time when it was on the cusp of modernity. Many of the photographs are dated from the years 1907 through 1922. Continue reading »

British Artist’s Evocative Ceramic Sculptures Offer A Slice Of Summer

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Fascinated by food, the way we eat, and the rituals of treats and indulgence; artist Anna Barlow exercises dexterous ceramics-wizardry to create these stunningly original sculptures from clay, porcelain and glaze. Continue reading »

Tattoos of Semicolons Offer Love and Hope to Those Struggling with Mental Health Issues

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A growing number of people are imprinting their skin with semicolons, either as temporary drawings or permanent tattoos. The trend isn’t a simple fashion statement or celebration of punctuation, however; the body inkings are part of Project Semicolon, a faith-based non-profit movement dedicated to supporting those who struggle with self-harm, addiction, and suicidal thoughts. Continue reading »