Suffusion of darkness

Ji Hye Park by Ben Hassett, Vogue China June 2013


- Masao Yamamoto

2:19 PM"- "Would you do something for me now?"
- "I’d do anything for you."
- "Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?""

— Ernest Hemingway, from Hills Like White Elephants (via violentwavesofemotion)

(via requiemforthepast)


Ivy on a tree I by SkyfireDragon



I do reading right. It was freaking hot but I wanted to read so I compromised. Chair in river. Fab. 



the best tea on the planet

OKAY TEA LESSON TIME. I worked at Teavana for a long time and these teas are called blooming teas! They’re basically white teas, and they come in this little ball. That ball can be rebrewed up to five times. FIVE. TIMES. And that one ball will fill that whole teapot. The three flavors we had each had a different flower in the middle, and really don’t take long to brew, just long enough for that ball to bloom, 2-4 minutes or so for the whole teapot. As a white tea, it’s high in antioxidants, and it’s really good for your immune system. It’s extremely good for detoxing as well, so if you want to detox for health reasons, or if you happen to have a drug test you’re unprepared for, drink these teas. And it’s extremely good for clearing up your skin! After a month of drinking a cup of this a day, your skin will be extremely healthy. It’s light in flavor, so for those of you who don’t like stronger teas, this is perfect.
Plus, it’s really cool to watch bloom.

and now, for tea news.

Steven SiegelNY in the 80s

Organic By John Patrick New York Spring 2013 

An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者?) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honor in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional “housewife” role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as female samurai, although this is an oversimplification. Onna bugeisha were very important people in ancient Japan. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hojo Masako were all onna bugeisha who came to have a significant impact on Japan.