I can easily be distracted by visual displays of color and pattern. I relate to infants watching a mobile; their eyes are bright with excitement and their chubby little legs kick with glee. If I were a bird, I’d be right after the mate with the most colorful and hypnotic plumage.
So I guess I was ready made for Japan. On my first visit there I was immediately attracted to…..almost everything. So much eye candy (for lack of a better description). I was fascinated by it all. Pity anyone who was with me. They were required to move VERY s l o w l y, so as to savor and attempt to consume it all as I pointed out each thing that caught my eye, foolishly hoping my companion would get the same jolt I did. I clearly did not trust their own abilities.
visual images that are superficially attractive and entertaining but intellectually undemanding.
“the film’s success rested on a promotional campaign showcasing its relentless eye candy”
In our culture, the term eye candy seems mostly used to define a buxom, brainless young woman. For me, it means something visual that I can take pleasure from.
Think of the current superbloom of wildflowers in California. Possibly, a once in a lifetime treat. If this isn’t eye candy, what is?? Add to these floral enticements the staggering beauty and gasp- inducing wonder of a mature Japanese cherry tree in blossom, probably made more magical by its ephemeral nature. Certainly more bittersweet.
The diversity, power and beauty of Japanese ceramics and its long tradition make this art form one to be savored.
In the course of writing this blog, I realize that most of what I consider eye candy in the West, is found in nature. In Japan, it can be man-made and intentional as well as natural. The Japanese seem to have an innate artistic sensibility that can raise my heartbeat. What is the magic formula that allows this ability?
I have thousands of photos of things that inspire me when I’m in Japan. I’ve shared just a small slice of them to give you a sense of my encounters! I imagine on an Eye Candy Sensitivity Chart, I might be off the chart. Don’t know. What is clear is that these visual delights bring me great pleasure.
Sometimes, I wonder how many more years I’ll be able to make this trek. Unknowable. But, for now, I’m gearing up for another round, leaving this world on May 1!
In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all.
I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC several times a year.
I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past 9 years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying.
I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.
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