Editors Note : October is Objectivity

I'm sitting on the floor in my father's room - I am in Tokyo - the air smells more like Autumn than Summer now, but to my surprise, it still carries it's humid heaviness. It's barely evening, but the room is all ready losing much of its light - the paper shades that stretch across the windows are the only thing visible, sprinkling its remaining light softly across the edges of what look like books and cabinets. 

I wasn't planning on being here, in Japan - but my Ojiichann and Obaachann are getting older, and this may be the last time I see them. My entire family is here. My brother and my mother will be flying in from San Francisco, and I will see them in just a few hours - the last time we were all in Japan together, had been over 10 years ago. I apologize that this Editor's Note is sounding a lot more like a journal entry - but for what it's worth, much of my values on ownership, consumerism, and objectivity has come from my family, especially my Ojiichann. 

And this month's theme is - 

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October is all about Objectivity. 

 
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There is a careful relationship, for those of us who care to ponder, between the things that we own and own us - the way we choose to collect or hoard, to the way we feel when lacing up our favorite shoes, stashing away our most sentimental objects, to the plants and all of the small trinkets we have chosen to help fill and define our sense of home. Objectivity is all about examining the way we feel and think when we look at a well designed object, or the ways we choose participate as consumers. There is so much meaning and meaningfulness when a little bit of intention is introduced to our sense of ownership. 

 

This month's theme explores the narratives and the concepts behind objectivity, from stories about our most coveted items, to those items we just can't seam to part with, to essays and thoughts about concepts behind essentialism and collectorship,  to the ways we design space through objects, the emotional beauty of good design, and so forth.

 

Of course, objectivity expands far beyond concepts of the inanimate. We hope to introduce ideas and narratives behind the ways we objectify each other, bodies, places, and examine the theme through many interpretations and lenses. 

 

We hope that your curiosities help create beautiful narratives from written words, to spoken, to photo essays and journalistic pieces to films and auditory anecdotes. We're always looking to play with new ways of story sharing.

 

We'd love to hear from you, and we're looking forward to your submissions - you can read more about what we're looking for this month and check out some of our ideas! 

 

A good life is intentional - it takes into consideration the right types of people, who we choose to surround ourselves with, with whom we can share meaningful conversations that leave us filled with wonder and curiosity. How and what we choose to bring into our lives is very important to us, and we hope you share this sense of value, as we explore "Objectivity" for our October Issue. 

 

 

Sincerely, 

Kenta Thomas