Opening: 12.09.08 (Fri) 21:00 -
Exhibition: 12.09.08 - 01.11.08
Witte de Withstraat 13A
3012 BK Rotterdam
about the exbition OTENBA >
OTENBA means tomboy in Japanese. Supposedly it is derived from the Dutch word "ontembaar". OTENBA presents the works of Japanese artists who currently reside in Holland. In their work they reflect on the way a new and individualistic environment influences their creative behavior. OTENBA is collaboration between curators Martijn Kluit and Nico Kos (festival CAMERA JAPAN)and Roodkapje. The exhibition is a part of Camera Japan Festival and Wereld van Witte de With Festival.
participating artists >
Michiyo Kuramochi Hayes, Kyoko Inatome's, Oyuki Hatazawa, Maki Ueda, Eiko Ishizawa, Nishiko, Haruna Kishi.
about the work of Maki Ueda>
Maki Ueda will release the new perfume lineup Eau de Parfum Perfect Japanese Woman
- the scent of motherhood -
There is an expression about housewives in Japanese: "A woman that stinks like Nukamiso". It's an expression for the women who are so much stuck in the family life that they are not attractive as women anymore.
Nukamiso is salted rice-bran paste for making pickles called Nukazuke. Every family used to have a bucket that looks like a sauerkraut bucket. The Nukamiso paste needs daily maintenance. Therefor the hands of the housewives used to stink pretty sour like Nukazuke . Mentioning such a smell was used as a metaphor for insulting housewives.
But that is slowly becoming the past. Nowadays, Nukazuke became something to buy at the supermarket, so no woman knows anymore how to make Nukazuke at home. In the near future women that stink like Nukamiso would not be seen with the traditional sense, but would be recognized as super feminine and sexy women! Don't be too late. When you serve Nukazuke to your husband, make sure that you spray this perfume on your hands, so that he thinks that you've made it yourself. This is the eternal scent for motherhood.
- to become as young and fresh as new tatami -
A Japanese proverb says: "Wives and tatami's are better when they are new."
Tatami is the traditional Japanese carpet and floor woven from rush. The traditional house is made with tatami and shoji (rice paper doors and windows). New tatami is always preferred because it's clean and also giving the fresh and comforting smell of rush. However the smell disappears as time goes by. That has become a metaphor for a wife.
You would question: is it only a wife that is better when it's fresh? How about a husband then? Let's leave that question aside for a moment. If you want to feel fresher and younger as a woman, this perfume is ideal for you. It's the perfume for any generations.
Most of the Japanese women give up their jobs and become pure housewives when they get married or when they get children.
- the scent of a woman in the kitchen -
The happy morning is to wake up with the sound of the kitchen and the smell of miso soup ﾐ that's the traditional image of a family. Japanese people eat a warm meal in the morning. Perhaps it has already become the past.
If you want to wake up your family with such an elegance, this perfume can help you. This Miso Soup Perfume can be used as a room spray. The family will wake up with the happiness resulting from the smell of Miso Soup.
This perfume is also useful for fooling the nose of your husband, in case you want to pretend that you've been working all day in the kitchen.
- the scent of pureness and cleanness -
One of the most important morning rituals for Japanese high school girls is to wash their hair just to scent the hair with the smell of shampoo. If you don't have time to take a shower in the morning, you can scent your hair and your body with this perfume: the smell of the soap.
Japanese men prefer women that represent pureness and cleanness. Don't worry if you aren't. This perfume will also emphasize the attractive contrast in yourself.
Japanese people like the smell of soap very much. Women often purchase perfumes that smell like a soap.
more info >
More info festival Camera Japan:
More info festival Wereld van Witte de With:
More info OTENBA:
More info Maki Ueda: http://www.ueda.nl
OTENBA is possible with the support of Rotterdam Festivals, Elize Mathilde Fonds, Dienst Kunst en Cultuur Rotterdam, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, VSB Fonds and Stichting Doen.