Blackwing 73 – Create and Conserve

“Baskets, maps, literature, paintings, photographs, technology, architecture, environmental science…human beings have been entering this region, responding to its grandeur, recording what they saw, establishing human settlements, and struggling to express a subliminal power of place”

                                                                             – Historian Kevin Starr in Tahoe: A Visual History

You cannot fully understand a place or the people living in it without understanding the paintings, writings and songs created on its soil. Our local natural wonder of Lake Tahoe is a perfect example. The landscape paintings of Albert Bierstadt, the photographs of Ansel Adams and the intricate baskets of Dat-So-La-Lee all make up the tapestry of Lake Tahoe’s cultural identity. These works and the works of countless other artists tell of a place of both breathtaking natural beauty and perilous unpredictability; a place that stands at the front line of the age-old conflict between the natural world and the encroachment of civilization.

As a result of human ambition, the lake’s signature blue color began to disappear in the 1960s, and its Secchi depth (a unit used to measure clarity) plummeted to 66.6 feet by 1997. The lake’s striking beauty, which had been a source of inspiration pulled straight from the 19th century Romantics, was fading. Fortunately, through aggressive conservation efforts, the lake has begun to regain its remarkable clarity.

Blackwing 73 celebrates Lake Tahoe and other landmarks that have had a comparable impact on arts and society. Each pencil features a Tahoe blue finish and raised texture that mimics the lake’s topography. The number 73 references Lake Tahoe’s last measured Secchi depth of 73 feet. Each pencil features a silver ferrule, white eraser, white imprint and our soft graphite formulation.

Dream in Japanese culture

The Japanese always attach great importance to the symbols.

Dream is based largely on symbols, which from ages are interpreted in different ways.

In Japan dream is considered the basis of faith, in which it functions as a tool of the ritual of the sacrum. Dreams affect not only the people but also the gods. During sleep the soul leaves the body and moves on a journey beyond the barrier of the underworld. such dream experience develop Japanese spirituality.

In Japanese culture the first night, and the first night’s sleep in the new year plays especially important role. Because most Japanese celebrates the night of 31th of December to 1st of January, therefore it is that Hatsuyume, or first dream new year falls on January 2 according to the Gregorian calendar.

It is believed that good omens in this night are: Mount Fuji, the Eagle and the eggplant. There are many theories trying to explain why these and not other symbols predict happiness and success. One of them says that Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and symbolizes health. The Eagle is a wise and powerful bird, that means progress, development, while the word for eggplant in Japanese sounds like the word ‘nasu’ , whose literal meaning is ‘to achieve something great.’

Dream interpretation is very important. There are cautionary, prophetic dreams, and dreams that repeat themselves. Special attention to the Japanese is ascribed to dreams about insects. On the basis of such dreams, extensive lexicons about their role as dreamy and ritual, because some of them may symbolize the miracle, disaster or success.

A very long time ago in Japan there was established a beautiful tradition of the pursuit of the dream chronicles. Today the Japanese lead dream books, because they do not want to miss anything of their mind, and each symbol has its meaning.

If you like to dream and you want to see what your dreams mean, or simply if you like to store the creations your imagination, then you might want to check out a proposal from Midori. Brand when designing a diary refers to the Japanese tradition of dreams. The cover bears the motif of owls, which, in turn, means happiness.