(The picture is SUQQU Designing Eyes 133)
I have once asked a Hakuhodo shop manager what was the best about Hakuhodo brushes ?
Her answer was:
‘The best thing is that we don’t have to spend much time on makeup.
People are busy in the morning. ‘
If you can be ready, not spending long on makeup, it will make life easy.
That was what she liked about Hakuhodo most.
People have many reasons to buy Kumano brushes, and I wonder if this is a common idea.
I feel people buy or choose a brush based on a type of hair, type of handle, being rare(limited), a brand, etc.
What do you think ?
I often write about a history of Japanese culture.
With internet on hand, it is so easy to check history of the areas I am interested in.
The other day, I came across the first Samurai from Europe. He was a British. His name was William Adams. He came to Japan in 1600, the year when Edo period began.
After the one-year and 10 months on the ship, he landed Kyushu, near Fukuoka.
He met Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first Shogun of Edo, and was hired as a consultant on Foreign Affairs.
He was then named Miura Anjin after a seaport near Hakone, got married to a Japanese women and had two children.
It was the end of the Warrior Period, and Ieyasu Tokugawa must have thought Miura Anjin could bring a new technology to a war.
Ieyasu liked him very much, and gave Anjin land near Yokohama and Anjin became a Daimyo, a feudal lord. He built ships and traveled to China and Thailand.
He died in 1620, and in 1639 Japan closed the country to the world which lasted till 1854.
He may not have been able to land in Japan if it was later in the century.
In the 16th century, many missionaries came to Japan from Portugal and Spain. Those are times Japanese met Western people.
And the first African, who came with a missionary, became a disciple of Nobunaga Oda, maybe the most talent warrior at that time.
Anjin was the first Samurai and Daimyo, who came from abroad, so he is remembered well among Japanese.
In fact, there is a Ryokan (Japanese type of hotel called Anjin) in Izu and Anjin festival.
Maybe next time you come to Japan and enjoy Onsen, you may be thinking as if you are the first foreign Daimyo.
I am taking an order for SUQQU August: please let me know if you are interested.
Thank you for reading,