Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
Question: Have you recently fallen out of touch with someone you were once very close with? As time goes by and our social circles grow, it seems like an unfortunate inevitability. But that doesn’t mean it has to be permanent.
During our recent weeklong weXplore trip to the Bay of Plenty, New Media Lab teacher Lindsay Clark decided to rekindle a lost connection for each of her accompanying students by having them write a postcard to someone who they used to communicate with frequently, but in recent times have seen the number of phone calls dwindle, the amount of texts curtail, and the volume of Facebook pokes and messages creep to a halt. High atop a mountain and surrounded by panoramic views of New Zealand, each student reflected on their current adventure in the Bay of Plenty and wrote a message to a long lost friend or relative on a physical postcard, which was then mailed out at the conclusion of the trip.
Lindsay recorded the whole experience, encouraging her students to share snippets from their postcards in their mother tongues. The resulting video, which can be viewed above, is an exercise in positivity and proof that sometimes it’s the subtlest of gestures that can have the largest of impacts on those close to us. Hopefully each of these postcards results in a renewed interest in a once great friendship.
And at the end of the day, who doesn’t love receiving a postcard in the mail, especially when it’s from an old friend?