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HINAMATSURI - CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

HINAMATSURI - CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

HINAMATSURI - CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

On the 3rd of March in Japan, we celebrate and pray for young girls' growth and happiness. (boy's day is 5th May)
There are sets of dolls of emperor and empress, three court ladies, musicians and ministers to celebrate the festivals. 
When I was little, my parents used to set up and display the 9 levels of red shelves with those dolls. It takes almost a half day to set it up for about 1 week. 
When my children were younger we were going to bring those Japanese traditional dolls into Australia and celebrate the day...


My Grandfather's Tattoos.

My Grandfather's Tattoos.

I still remember my grandfather's tattoos.
When I was a little girl, I saw the tattoos on his back when he was having a bath.
It was the first time and the last time in my memory of my grandfather's tattoo.
I was so shocked. But they were mesmerizingly beautiful. I didn't know the real meaning of the tattoos at that time but I knew it was something I was not supposed to see nor ask him about even when I was a little girl.
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IREZUMI

IREZUMI

IREZUMI-Tattoo means eternal beauty and strength in Japan.
But it also means taboo, the underworld and secrets trust in the dark.
When folds and drapes create shades and angles it shows another dimension and story.
I love the way BLACK hides some emotions and strengthens others. I love Tamara in our WATA Dress and the contrast of the graceful silhouette against her ink skin.
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Mr Tuan and Trung

Mr Tuan and Trung

I have known Mr Tuan and Trung for a long time before I started dogstar 20 years ago. They have been dogstar clothing since the beginning. dogstar garments are not easy to make. It often takes time for them to understand how to construct the pieces. Over the last 20 years that we have been working together, they became like my family. Their children have grown up over time.

To me it is their hands that created and supported dogstar. Each garment has been carefully made by them and finished beautifully, their thoughts were sewn with each stitch. I...


Public bath near our home

Public bath near our home

Sometimes my grandma used to take my sister and I to a public bath near our home when we were kids.
It used to cost us 30 cents each.
We loved to go to the public bath with my grandma.
In Japan it is quite common to go to a hot spring (Onsen or Sentou) in public. It has a great culture and atmosphere. Everyone washes themselves at small showers, before going into the large communal baths.
Just before dark...