Mariko Akitaya’s image of the “ethical chandelier”

The murdered Mariko Akitaya’s Facebook (Facebutt) is still up and suspect it will remain up reminding me of the fact that approximately 8,000 Facebook users die everyday around the world. Mariko Akitaya just became one of those 8,000 “facelessFacebook users who died on July 29, 2015. Should probably make it known: I despise Facebook, but that’s another matter altogether, right now it is evidence in a crime so let’s exploit it.

The last entry Mariko Akitaya made to her Facebook page was on June 10, 2015, provided of course she didn’t delete any entries to her Facebook page after June 10, 2015 up until her murder on July 29, 2015, 48 days after her last Facebook post. I observe extremely well what is going through people’s minds related to their online activity because if you observe very closely, images and commentary can reveal a lot about a person (you’ve just been warned), for example, Mariko Akitaya placed an image of what is called an “ethical chandelier“, I think sculpted by the British artist Stuart Haygarth, on her Facebook page. This sculpture is made from plastic trash and was hanging in the Excel Exhibition Center in London. If Akitaya-san was at this art exhibition center in London like I think she was, and took pictures, why did she place this particular image up on her Facebook page when there must have been many exhibitions there to take images of at this exhibition center? Mariko Akitaya studied at the London School of Fashion between 1999 and 2002. So there would be many reasons for her to return to London to visit. What has my attention here is the title: “Ethical Chandelier” with particular attention on “ethical.”

“Ethical Chandelier”

The entry in Japanese she made on Facebook page for this “ethical chandelier” image was this commentary:

エシカルな展示会で飾っていたシャンデリア。なんと海岸に流れ着いたゴミで作られているそう。

This is the same entry on her Facebook page but translated by BING into British English, which means I think she was in London on June 10, 2015 at the Excel Exhibition Center from where she placed this image up on her Facebook page. Or perhaps she uploaded the image and commentary from her hotel room? I’m not too sure how this works. If you are in Britain and using Facebook, does your Facebook entry get translated by BING into British English, or is this a built-in Facebook setting? This still needs conformation she was in fact in London.

The chandelier was hanging at the Excel exhibition. Nannto coast flow ringtones it is made from Trash. ethical chandelier.

Going back to the word ethical and by inference, was Mariko Akitaya sending out a message here about ethics? The idea that Gregory Gumo treated her “unethically” in their relationship after they met on an online dating website certainly would seem to be indicative. I mean, how ethical is it to be on a dating website when you have a wife and three children you are ostensibly responsible for, while at the same time interacting with Japanese girls online? When Mariko Akitaya was in London, and I think she was because she did a lot of traveling and enjoyed night life, at this art exhibition while looking at the different exhibits, did her attention get drawn to the name of this plastic sculpted chandelier and decide to take an image of it to  place it up on her Facebook page as perhaps a subconscious indication of her questioning ethics. Whose ethics?  Yes, the idea of making useful objects out of garbage is “ethical”, but the idea of ethics itself comes into question in the behavior of others.

It is likely Mariko Akitaya was at this exhibition center in London on June 10, 2015 where she took this image of a sculpture called the “ethical chandelier” I think was done by the artist Stuart Haygarth.

Excel Exhibition Center in London

Excel Exhibition Center in London

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2 thoughts on “Mariko Akitaya’s image of the “ethical chandelier”

  1. The biggest shame in murder stories is that the victim’s life story is little known or shared versus the fascination given to the killer. The media focuses on the killer and usually gives a quick snapshot of the victim. Mariko Akitaya, 42 years old, was an attractive and very contemporary woman of her time. She was ahead of her time, especially when she studied fashion in London in her twenties. It all came crashing down in her early forties. There are thousands of similar Japanese women confronting the challenges Mariko experienced. We need to know more about Mariko Akitaya, the woman she was, her hopes and dreams.

    • Yeah, that was sort of my feelings in this post, and yes, you are correct, in fact, I was at her Facebook page earlier getting a screen shot of it wanting to later use it for a post here on her. The problem is getting information about her. It would all be in Japanese and her relatives would have to be tracked down to get information on her life. I have thought about putting a post up in Japanese asking her friends or anyone who knew her to send me any information they can provide on her.

      This was the other reason too for this blog, that and the fact that so much has been made available on Gumo in English. Another reason too is because Gumo is the suspect here in murder.

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