Some people call it the happiest journey

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ArtistErika Nojiri
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My message is that the definition of happiness is not determined by others or trends, but by myself, and that I am the only one who protects me. This motifs are a Japanese traditional wedding kimono, a toy, my legs and a cat. My hometown is a country side that has the thinking of marriage is the best way to be happy for wemen. It's a old thinking. I think my life is mine. Nobody can decide the choices in my life. So, I drew the reserved kimono. This way of wearing is for only funerals. I exhibited the work like a hanging scroll and dragging it to the floor. It means the celebrate kimono.

My theme is the strength of women overcoming their past. It is an image of a woman who has freed herself from her past and ties. It was the unnaturalness of Japanese society, which places too much emphasis on group consciousness and cooperation until 2021. That is not enough importance on the individual. I overlap my past relationship with the society. I have no good romantic memories. I thought I had to be the image that he wanted. A man forced me to have intercourse. It took a long time to overcome that. From my experiences of business and the relationship, I express the strength of women.