From the Editor: It’s good to have you here

It’s been said that a long-lasting marriage usually consists of three relationships- the relationship with the loved one, the relationship with their habits and the relationship with their family.

There is wisdom in this saying- the heat of early love is like boiling water, so intense that it kills off all the relationship shortcomings, yet the journey of marriage is like swimming through tepid water, where the shortcomings seem to multiply and grow like bacteria. The love and grandeur of the first relationship is marked by the ritual of the wedding ceremony. There are no such rituals for the beginning of the latter two relationships, only a tacit understanding on the part of both sides. Navigating these difficult waters is the true beginning of the marital voyage.

The 21st century has seen the relationship between art and fashion growing ever closer, with galleries hosting major exhibitions from the world of fashion such as the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture and the National Gallery of Australia showing Cartier: The Exhibition. The synergy created in a partnership between two Sydney-based Chinese artists, Richard Chao and Jimmy He, with the Silk Only brand has resulted in a dreamy, romantic union of fabric and design and a unique way to welcome the beauty of art into our everyday lives.

Madama Butterfly, one of three masterpieces from the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, is one of the most popular operas of all time. It’s the only opera with a Japanese theme and is currently playing at the Sydney Opera House.

Japan is famous for its cherry blossoms and the Samurai culture of Bushido. Even though they seem to be far removed from one another, they have one thing in common - the cherry blossom strives for full beauty during the short season of blooming, while Samurai warriors sacrificed all in striving to be always loyal to their emperor.

Japanese cuisine emphasizes the combination of colour, form and taste. The word “form” is synonymous with the essence of Japanese culinary culture, expressed to perfection at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.

While you’re enjoying the beauty of the kimono in Kyoto, take some time to savour the cultural traditions preserved in this classical city. The more affluent a city, the calmer and more tranquil the atmosphere. A city’s essence is dynamic and layered, with its arts and humanities representing its highest level. Travel is the ladder that can take us to new heights and experiences.

It’s you, our readers and our wonderful sponsors who give the VISION staff drive and motivation to work into the early morning hours to bring this publication to life. Every time the magazine is delivered to the printers, we are full of excitement for the journey of discovery we are about to take you on, dear reader.

It’s good to have you with us again.

夏言 (Editor-in-chief)