Banana Magazine cover. Character designs + editorial illustration series.
kimochi = feeling.
In Western culture, the word ‘kimochi’ has been widely spread through hentai & Japanese porn as it’s something often said by the female characters when sexually stimulated.
Asian women are commonly represented by either fetishized and/or super saccharine cute imagery. Sometimes these images remain separate; oftentimes they overlap. Representations of Eastern women in American media prove that the two components are never quite mutually exclusive...'kimochi'' is about a hyper-sexualized culture masked by kawaii-ness.
While it is indisputable that Asian representations of cute are often entwined with sexual subtext, there is a great deal of scandal and taboo associated with sex in Asian culture. Thus, the blurred portions are an ode to when the genitalia in Japanese porn and hentai are censored.
-interview w/ Tiffany Tso for BananaMag