Honolulu, O‘ahu; b. Japan
In the popular Japanese otaku subculture of animated films, games, manga and idols, the term moe describes something precious such as the idealized visions of youth and innocent femininity. This concept is demonstrated in girls wearing school uniforms or dressed as maids in public places and animals such as frogs and rabbits represent the male. Since around 1200 in Japanese history, frogs and rabbits were some of the most popular animals that were often personified as an indirect satire on society or human behavior. A fashion statement, these uniforms and costumes evoke a sense of innocence or submission that arouse males, while drawing attention onto the girls. As such men superimpose these girls to their favorite game characters, often from erotic games, this attention is also enjoyed by the girls. Hiding behind the personas of animals and costumes, a culture of co-dependence unfolds.
Recipient of the Melusine Award for Painting