Whenever I obsess find a new interest in an idol I tend to want to go back a bit into any releases that catch my eye and easily it’s the shashinshuu which speaks volumes about her style & looks and how it’s evolved over time and when I looked up Kawashima Umika after my recent spark~* with this magazine article I found that she’s released quite a lot of idol imagery from pbs to numerous calendars and DVDs~…..in fact she released a new pb just yesterday. So I went on a tiny Uminii shopping spree~* and today I’ve begun with scanning an earlier pb of hers and one thing to note for sure is that “Blue Corridor” goes back over three years to late 2008 so this captures Uminii in her really early adolescence and it’s nice to see her portrayed in photography which enables that to come through with a sense of pure innocence. Albeit this photographer surely had a like or knack for extreme close~ups in which I’ve kept to a minimum here as sometimes getting a bit too “scientific” loses it’s very sense of artistic intentions~…that @ times I find to be true personally but of course not always as the close~ups of her eyes I find quite poignantly pretty and in tune w/ the overall photographic approach~* staying in context.
~What’s in a name?~
A wonderful thing about our names and how they’re written and in particular those in kanji is that they can sometimes directly reflect upon one’s family history like where their ancestors lived like in last names a lot of times the meaning could be directly derived from the type of terrain your ancestors settled in ex: 崎-peninsula, 川- river, 山- mountain(ous), 浜-seashore, etc. Even more expressive though are our given names where even the very phonetics could be expressed in an alternative way where a kanji’s pronunciation takes a back seat so to speak for its very aesthetic appearance and some parents get quite creative in the process of naming their children in this very way. Through imagery and meaning our Japanese given names provide a hope~* and vision from our parents’ loving minds and it’s always fun to learn of your name’s meaning and underlying story as sometimes you’d be quite surprised to learn that’s there’s a lot more to a name than first realized @ face value.
Kawashima Umika’s written name is full of nature’s beauty and also that in which covers the majority of our earth, the sea.
Mm seishun, remember your early teens? (sigh*…) miss you (´⌒｀。)！！ ….
Only no one was following me around with a camera and crew lol =P and there was definitely no rock jumping off of ocean cliffs or beach walls which is sort of a Hawaii thing to do but I’d say you shouldn’t as it’s very dangerous (well me I’m waaaaaaay too afraid of heights to have ever considered it yep I’m a total chicken and happy to be so =D)!!
Both front and back covers fold out into full sized gatefold styled images and here I’ve bookended this cute pb with them =).