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Sometimes absence really does make the heart grow fonder, huh?
Sasha Blaze
I was having something of a minor BJD crisis before I left for the Tokyo seminar; the house felt overpopulated, and in particular Eriko, the Aoi-Tuki, just didn't seem to be working out for me at all. Her face looked so sad all the time--I couldn't get back the initial attraction I felt for the Izayoi head, and the oddball body sculpt lost most of its charm, too. So I was happy when someone materialized on DoA wanting an Izayoi with a soft faceup, and when an arrangement for the person to buy mine later this summer seemed to be solidly in place.

Only I started having second thoughts, weirdly enough, on that long plane ride home. I still don't know why, but the more I thought about it, the less I wanted to sell poor Eriko. And so when the DoA buyer PMmed me today with one of the classic DoA buyer reasons for backing out ("er, I need the money for something else, haha"), not only was I not annoyed, I didn't even bother to note the unwisdom of her posting a WTB without having the money in hand.

Because, see, my subconscious had started to figure out who Eriko is. And this evening, the last pieces clicked into place. Thanks to a very vintagey dress and wig that I snagged from a friend's FS pile, plus a prop that I spotted in Kichijoji Station, we now have . . .

Maeda Eriko-san, from some hick village full of rice farmers, who in the spring of 1952 puts on her new Western-style dress (made over from her grandmother's second-best kimono), gathers up her umbrella and her wicker suitcase and her bento full of home cooking, and gets on the train for the big city. She's going to study English literature at Jissen Women's University--not the best in Tokyo (that would probably be Tsuda, for women), but it's still quite an achievement. She's worried that the city girls will make fun of her country accent and her farmer's muscles, but at least Great-Aunt Fumie nagged her to keep her skin white, like a lady's.

What Eriko-san has to do with any of the rest of my crew, I have no idea, but she looks so right in her postwar summer dress that I'm not going to argue with her. I'm just going to hunt for more New Look dresses that might have been made from old kimono fabric.

Now I can go to sleep.
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Aha!!! As a New Look fan and Aoi-Tuki fan, this makes me so very happy.

And as a mushy person: absence *does* make the heart grow fonder. I loved the updates from the road SO much, but I still missed you.

That is really lovely, what a sweet story to come out of your trip to Japan. I can't wait to see the photos that this inspires!

Oooohhh, I can't wait to see her in her new incarnation!

-- A :D

This is a perfect look for her. She does not look sad to me, she never did to me. But she looks a little shy with a hint of self security. I love this dress on her and this wig is so perfect for her. Just a little wispyness. I can't wait to see that umbrella up close. She is so totally cute.

She looks so good. And the story is great.

I had to shut Ophelia away in her box for awhile before I finally got the idea of what her look was and all that. The story was alot like yours and Eriko's.

oh YES!! she doesn't look sad to me AT ALL NOW!!! she looks serious, intelligent, and quiet. oh YAY!!!!!!!!!

Oh, but hasn't she come to life!? Still a bit wistful, in a poignant sort of way. And a little hesitant (life in the big city can be daunting). But with a strength of spirit. She'll make it.

I'll second the effect of absense! Don't know that you've been following Thalia's affairs, but Bel helped me realise how much of a hole her permanent departure would create.

Sometimes a doll just goes her own way and refuses to be part of a crowd. That would be Clio in my case. And she's never going anywhere.

And, yeah, that other thing old mushy Bel said.

I love her story. :D I like her face, too. It is really beautiful and serene. I feel so relaxed by her quiet presence!
[I wish I could say something intelligent, but my mind has been reduced to nothing but mush.]

Your dolly reminds me of Professor Hauser's Modern Japan class before I stopped going when history shifted towards WW (post-war Japan makes me sad; I was such a good Traditional Japan student, too!). He loved talking about women in Japanese society, and I enjoyed his lectures, especially when he talked about female universities opening up and such.

Oh, and I mailed out your stuff! Postage was the 2lb rate, but it wasn't by much, so it is not a big deal. ;D I hope it gets to you soon and that everything is what you expected. ^__^ The post office that's near my work is probably the most inefficient place ever... In the nearly 45 minute line they seriously helped like 6 people. D:

Welcome home, Eriko-san!

I just love her story and came back to see if there was a picture. She's lovely amd that dress looks so, so good on her - sweet.

Actually I LOVE Eriko-san and am so glad you found out who she is!! I think she's a lovely and quiet, thoughtful looking girl; shy yet ready to tackle the world ala Japanese woman style. *smiles*

Love the backstory you've created and the lovely vintage dress and umbrella are perfect for her too.

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