• D.S. Ryelle

    I like the third-to-last photo of Sutematsu in her formal crested kimono.

  • Tessa Rexroat

    No idea if you did this intentionally, but the colors for Vassar when she went there were pink & gray, exactly as you show her in her valedictorian robes. (the colors were changed in the 60’s when they officially started admitting men, and apparently they didn’t want to parade in pink)

  • Oh no way! Actually just a happy accident. Thanks for letting me know!

  • JessaBazinga

    If the main image is her reflected in three mirrors, shouldn’t the scar be on the other side?

  • Fireflies

    Just FYI, the way the Vassar comment is worded makes it sound like admitting women was a change from a previous state of not-admitting-women, when they were founded as a women’s college and had just started existing.

    Fascinating post!

  • Fixed – it was worded that way in my source, and I figured it knew something I didn’t. :)

  • D’oh! Yeah, should be. Argh.

  • Sebine

    You’ll never read a word of this from Tardnita Skankeesian.

  • Sarah Lederman

    The source was probably worded like that because technically, Vassar was founded a few years before it began admitting students (because of the Civil War) If I remember correctly, it was founded in 1861 and first admitted students (all women) in 1865..

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  • cckerberos

    “Tradition, not change, was the order of the day” is a strange way to describe Japan in 1882. The country was just entering the “Rokumeikan era” (1883-1887), named after a newly government-built hall that hosted Western balls and parties (and where Sutematsu’s wedding was held). Western culture was still all the rage in the 1880s; the conservative backlash came later.

  • That was the argument made by my source, which cited a rise in interests such as tea ceremony, and scorn heaped upon the building of the Rokumeikan itself. I don’t really have a horse in the race, that’s just the information I had to go off of.

  • JessaBazinga

    It happens. Great work all the same. I love all the detail you put into each image. I bought your book for my daughter (she’s 4 months so it will be a long while before she gets out) and I was just wondering the other day if/when you make vol 2 whether you would include the comic style entries or just the main image. Of course that would take much longer but it would be well worth the wait :-)

  • It’ll be something more akin to this entry. I’m handling layout on this book so I’m able to add in art and mess with the look of it more easily. The look I’m going for is “self-aware illuminated manuscript.” Although I’m just plowing through the research and art for right now. Have to do an entry every 3.5 days, without taking a day off, to hit my deadline. Plus try to keep posting online. :)

  • Sebine

    Fee-fees.

    KYS.

  • archersangel

    School Colors Changed at Request of New Male Students

    The rumor that in the early seventies, around the time that men were
    first admitted to the college, Vassar changed its school colors from
    “the rose light of the dawn of women’s education breaking through the
    grey of former years” to a darker maroon and grey isn’t true. The story
    was that a group of male athletes, feeling too effeminate wearing pink
    athletic gear, circulated a petition to change the color, and the
    administration caved. Colton Johnson, Dean of Studies at the time of the
    switch, maintains that the colors were not changed but that athletic
    uiniforms became maroon and gray for budgetary reasons; ordering
    custom-made pink uniforms was much more costly than the
    readily-available maroon, and so the school made the uniform switch.

    https://vcencyclopedia.vassar.edu/vassar-myths-legends