I was told that some of the people who were most passionate about fashion worked at a store called Shibuya 109. This sky scraping department store had upwards 10 stories — each one housing about 10 boutiques! The department store featured hyper-stylized boutiques that sold exclusively womenswear.
Walking through the store was like walking through a gallery — each boutique well thought out so as to create an atmosphere that mirrored the style of clothing sold. Boutiques ranged from urban gothic aesthetics, to pretty pastel utopias. Most of the workers did not want to be photographed, but here are the ones who did. (and one pair of shoppers)
I will say that nothing in the US compares to this store, the range of garment construction, fabrics, colors, and accessories was unbelievable (let alone the experience of bouncing between fashion worlds)!! This has to be a central shop location for Tokyo’s fashionistas.
alinaeduardovna said: Why are you such a big supporter of Israel? Not that I'm against it, obviously XD But what started it. Were you born there? Are you Jewish? Do you just not take bullshit?
I spent 12 years of my life learning about this beautiful land of opportunity. This holy land of milk and honey, freedom, democracy, rich history, and of course olive trees. 12 years, and not a single word of racism. Not a word of genocide, not a word of hatred. No talk of colonialism or apartheid or occupation- just gratefulness for this tiny shining sliver of a safe haven, the only shred of salvation my people have ever seen after facing centuries of oppression… and a willingness to share the land with other people. I heard a bit about the IDF, though. Some people I know lost friends and family in suicide bombing attacks and a rocket had crashed through my Hebrew school teacher’s house.
In 2010, I visited with my family. Israel was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to in my life. Not a single inch of that land is taken for granted. It’s like this ancient but also modern metropolis paradise in the middle of the desert. People of all backgrounds, races, sexualities, and ethnicities intertwined and shared their cultures with one another. There were people singing and dancing in the streets for no reason at all. Being there was probably the most life-changing experience I’ve ever had. Everybody was so happy to be there, and they also sold lemonade everywhere.
Eventually I started hearing things about the “genocide,” the “occupation,” the “racism,” and the “apartheid,” not surprisingly from people who were not from Israel. Not only was it completely new information to me (even after studying the place for 12 frickin years and physically being there), but something didn’t feel right about what people were saying. Why were people saying horrible things about such a wonderful place?? There are a few answers to that, some of the most common being anti-Semitism, ignorance, or a convenient combo of the two. I looked into what people were saying and did a lot of reading on it all. Most (if not all) of their accusations are untrue, and people are awful little shits. Israelis want peace. I have become a master of debunking pro-Pal propaganda and I’m 100% confident in what I stand for.
Anti-Israel is nothing but Jew hate. I don’t take Jew hate, and I definitely don’t take bullshit.
You’ve spent over 12 years “learning” and everything about Israel having an occupation and practicing apartheid is wrong? Ethnic cleansing? You know, everything that is thoroughly documented? Dozens of Human Rights council resolutions? Dozens of UN resolutions? World Court of Justice reports? Nothing?
What you’re literally saying, is that you’re more aware of everything happening here than the fricking UN, Amnesty International, Btselem, Human Rights Watch, and whole universities, unions and NGOs all over the world that passed and discuss BDS. Can all of this truly be baseless? Or is there more to it?
I honestly don’t believe that you’ve spent 12 hours learning anything, let alone 12 years. Unless your ~learning~ was from the Israeli foreign ministry or the pro-Israel brainwashing that unfortunately some Jewish communities still suffer under in the west.
Listen, you seem young and not too versed in actual neutral scholarship. So let me give you some actual advice:
Be careful of dismissing the mountains of valid grievances with Israel as nothing but antisemitism, especially when you so clearly have 0 exposure to actual Palestinian experiences. I’m asking you to be self critical here, and to do some proper research. You were being indoctrinated for 12 years, not educated. I promise you this. I know exactly what you’re talking about.
Your presence on the ground means nothing if you went for a vacation. Not seeing something does not mean it’s not there. Also keep in mind that you are Jewish. You will be treated better than everyone else there. You are part of the dominant privileged group. Personal experience means nothing in this context.
I would suggest actually taking a tour into Palestinian areas, both inside what is today considered Israel, and what is considered the “West Bank” under Israeli occupation. Better yet, go visit a refugee camp there. But I know you probably can’t do that.
Instead, I would seriously suggest that you read this post, and then talk to cockedtail. She knows what she is talking about. She started out in your same position, taught that Israel is paradise on earth. Then she actually started reading resources outside of her community on Israel, and today she is proud to be Jewish and anti-Zionist. You will not believe how common this situation is. There is nothing antisemitic about it. Israel does not represent Judaism. Another great person to talk to about this is fuckyeajews.
If you’d like to read some literature, you can read: The Question of Palestine by Edward Said. That would be a good introduction to the Palestinian perspective. Further reading would be The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Illan Pappe. A famous Jewish Israeli historian. You’d be surprised by actually how many Jewish Anti-Zionist activists there are. There is a reason for that.
Now I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt. I don’t expect a response from you. You can talk to Cockedtail, fuckyeajews, order these books, and try to learn the Palestinian history and perspective. You shouldn’t have a problem with that.
If your cause is true, then learning about history wouldn’t jeopardize that, correct?
However, if you refuse to listen at all and dismiss everything before actually reading it..
Well, then nobody can help you. Blind faith and obedience without questioning has lead to some of the greatest tragedies of our times. Keep that in mind.
wow, femme-and-furious sounds like me from like 2 years ago. dang.
remember growing up and learning about israel? remember learning about only jews in israel and loving to hear about it? didn’t you just love doing the “prayer for the state of israel” during service, thinking about how beautiful the country is and how amazing it would be to live there? remember? do you still do it?
i can remember all of that so clearly as i grew up. you know how they would educate us about the Holocaust, making us furious, so angry that our people— innocent people— were killed by the thousands, millions… remember how you sat there listening to those lessons and thinking, “This will never happen to my people ever again. I will never let this happen to my people. I will never let that horror happen on this planet. No one should ever suffer something like this.” and really fighting back the tears, or not even bothering to do so?
I’m glad i came by this post today because this morning i went to shabbat service and my rabbi did a sermon on Deuteronomy, Devarim. it speaks about freeing slaves and servants. the entire book of Deuteronomy is about not looking at people who may be in a lower socio-economic standing as no lesser than you. it’s about realising that we were once the oppressed, and should never become the oppressor because doing so changes and helps nothing and no one. the entire Torah is very political (as you may know, and i’m sure you do) and Judaism is a religion of activism, going against that which is unjust, putting ourselves in the position of the oppressed, and knowing that when there are those in need we need to help them, as was written.
i have a similar experience to yours, and then i thought something was off. it may just be because i’m a realist and something is always suspicious.
when i went to israel for the first time, it was back in 2012 and i was 14 years old, just a year prior i had had my bat-mitzvah. my parsha was about the israelites going into the land of Canaan, “a land that flows with milk and honey”. i was so proud to finally go to that land, and when i did i was amazed. i went to the Wall, and wept as many do, praised God as many do, and explored the country so proudly. as we drove around the country, i noticed something on the highway that sort of caught my attention and i wasn’t actually sure what it was. i asked the tour guide, and she said “there’s nothing strange about a wall on a highway”. and yeah, it was just a small wall, but when i looked back and the angle was higher, i noticed that on the other side of the wall, the ground was not the same level as our side. it was much deeper, and to me it looked like more than 20 feet tall (and, in reality, it’s about 26 feet tall). i was really surprised by this and i didn’t know what it was or why they needed it, but on the other side it just looked like farm land and gates and gates and soldiers and more gates. it was disconcerting to look at.
later that night i decided to ask my dad who the palestinian people were because, during our jewish youth we don’t hear anything about palestinians or arabs and don’t learn anything about any other people who may be living on that land. my father told me about the history of israel from 1914-2012, and i was really surprised and sort of disgusted by how radically and violently the state of israel was created.
that began to change my point of view. i realised it wasn’t because we’re jewish and that’s why they hate us. did you know that muslims helped jews during the Holocaust? did you know that muslims respected jews during the time of the Muslim Empires? did you know that jews and muslims would live in the same neighbourhood, even get married, let their children play together, and had a wonderful history together?
before israel was created, it was a land with jews, christians, and muslims. they lived in peace and accepted each other. muslims respect us and i cannot believe that there is an idea that they hate us simply because of our religion because it’s TOTALLY AGAINST THE KORAN TO HATE JEWS OR CHRISTIANS. i know. i’ve read it. basically the whole beginning of the Koran is about our homeboy, Moses (Israelite Prophecies fufilled in Qur’an) (Divine Favors on Israel). like. cmon. this isn’t about jew hate, but i’m not gonna say this isn’t about religion or ethnic purity because it really really is. there is racism not only against arabs in israel but also against african refugees.
you might think that it’s only non-jews fighting against the segregation, ethnic cleansing, and hatred against arabs (but realistically, the palestinian people), but it’s also jews fighting for this cause because they realise that in order for there to be justice and peace, we must fight against it. an example of someone is Hedy Epstein, who is a 90 year old Holocaust survivor and HUGE activist for many causes and is also a raging pro-palestinian.
there is segregation, there are hate crimes, there is racist propaganda from the government, there are racist things said by government officials, there is simply no equality there whatsoever and i don’t know why jews are led to believe so because it’s simply not true at all.
there are jewish groups that actively speak against israel and what it does because really it’s like the old south africa okay it’s that fuckin bad. and i suggest going to those sources if you’re more comfortable with that if you don’t believe anything that a palestinian that has actual personal experience with these events will say because really what’s the point of listening to the oppressed point of view? why not just listen to what people like me are saying? that makes more sense.
i really suggest watching this documentary about life in the west bank and it’s called Five Broken Cameras and really. it’s really good. i promise it is and it’s important to watch. they don’t hate jews. they’re suffering and everyone is ignoring them as everyone once ignored us. visit Electronic Intifada because really i’m telling you, they don’t hate us. i can promise you that as a whole they don’t hate us they just want peace and they want their kids to stop being taken in the middle of the night, they want to return to their homes, they want to have the freedom they deserve, they want to have basic human rights that are violated every day, and they want to stop getting bombed and then getting blamed for it.
jews and muslims have worked together and lived together in peace for centuries. we can do that once again.
i have so many muslim friends i really can’t even count and i trust them so much and i love them all to death, and i wouldn’t have even met them if i didn’t learn all of this and more. there are really great blogs to check out like somepalestiniankid and pax-arabica and soooo many more oh my god they’re all over the place here.
dude i can literally go on all day okay.
conclusion: judaism is a religion of activism and if you don’t see that then wake the fuck up and get with the century
Now Playing! Relationships between wild animals and people have always fascinated us. In the 1970’s and 80’s, the New England Aquarium was home to an amazingly charismatic animal that seemingly bridged the gap between two different species. Andre the seal was a male harbor seal that was raised as a pup in the home of an irascible Mainer named Harry Goodridge. Their relationship over 25 years, including nearly 15 years of winters at the Aquarium, is the subject of a well-crafted, new PBS program called “The Seal Who Came Home.”
Tune in to WGBH 2 in Boston tonight at 7:30 to watch! The program will re-air Saturday (8/30) at 2:30 p.m. More details