Japan Marche Staff Blog : T-Shirt_Kusagoromo Sui
Title: What do you see in the water?
“The Nishikigoi seems freely moving between aquatic plants dreaming about the outside water”
People tend to see what they want to see, because it is more fun and easy. In business or academic or political purpose, it is not a good thing because it may lead a fatal incidents or terrible disaster. What about when we talk about art?
Of course, there is an intention of artist. It should be clearly depicted on the work or on the descriptions. When we appreciate a famous picture, we see it, impressed, and then read the description which suggest your first impression is totally wrong, then see the picture again, deeply nodding, and move to the next art work. Some may do in opposite and shortened manner. Read the description, see the picture, nodding, and move.
However, if you are watching a pond of Japanese Nishikigoi, do you see any intention of artist? Probably, it may be appeared on the forms of surrounding rocks and deposition of trees, or even the choice of koi. Still, the overall impression you feel from the pond, the shine inside the water, shadows with various colors of Nishikigoi, movement, splashes, and reflex of the water has not been decided because they are all living.
The picture of background of this T-shirt is a kind of Nishikigoi, but the color is unusual. It looks as if the koi is reflecting the underwater view, which even integrates the reflection of grasses flourishing at the edge of the pond. The Nishikigoi seems freely moving between aquatic plants dreaming about the outside water.
The calm mustard yellow and lime green is just for this early summer. The simple yet considerable nuance of this T-shirt is something called “sui (or iki)”, Japanese elegance.