Archive: August 11

浮世 (ukiyo) describes the hedonistic urban culture that developed in Edo Japan. Translated literally, it means "floating world". I think in the context of today's society this is a important topic to muse upon. We live between moments that are increasingly focused on the pursuit of theraputic simulacra: hyper-cute anime, hyper-slice-of-life celebrities, hyper-softcore music, etc. These things feel as incorporeal as the denizens of Miyazaki's Spirited Away. They're ghosts that exist briefly as they float by. Whatever meaning these spirits have is something that is lost to me.
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Or is it that I am the "floating person" in a very real world? (2021)



(Last edited Aug 11, 2021)