彌生草間 Eternity of Eternal Eternity 永遠の永遠の永遠

For the past several months, the center of Kumamoto City has been covered in dots.  From Louis Vuitton to the corner bookstore, everyone seems to have become dotty. Bookstore shopfront. Café interior. It is difficult to understand the reason for this Dots Obsession until you discover the stimulating work of 彌生草間 Yayoi Kusama and her amazing art. 彌生草間 Yayoi Kusama’s Eternity of Eternal Eternity 永遠の永遠の永遠 exhibition has been held in …

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なが塀 The Long Wall. Bức Tường Dài

熊本城 Kumamoto castle was built at the very beginning of the seventeenth century during the 江戸時代 Edo period when castle construction technology was developing at a rapid rate in Japan. Thành trì Kumamoto được xây dựng vào đầu thế kỷ XVII trong thời kỳ Edo khi công nghệ xây cất lâu đài đã được phát triển nhanh chóng tại Nhật Bản. Kumamoto citadelle a été construite au début du XVIIe …

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Vision, Inspiration, Creation & Originality

When vision, inspiration, creation and  originality converge, often Art is the result. Underwater artwork of kingyo 金魚 swimming in fish tanks inspired by Japan’s terraced rice paddy fields. Khi tầm nhìn, cảm hứng, tính chất độc đáo và sáng tạo hội tụ, thường Nghệ Thuật là kết quả. Lorsque la vision, l’inspiration, l’originalité et la création convergent, souvent l’Art est le résultat. ビジョン、インスピレーション、独創性と創造が収束すると、アートは結果である。 The current Art Aquarium exhibition at JR …

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Accepting Imperfection

Have you ever practiced shodo, writing calligraphy with a brush dipped in black ink on delicate rice paper? Recently, I attended a shodo exhibition and participated in the calligraphy workshop that was held in conjunction with the exhibition.  The workshop was led by the artist whose work was being exhibited, and pictured above. I arrived to the workshop empty.  My hands held no equipment, and my head was void of …

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The Other Fork in the Road

Several years ago, I taught a course entitled ‘Life Stories in Autobiography’ at a university in Japan in which students read selected published autobiographies and wrote stories about themselves, their experiences, their journeys and their family history. Every two weeks we’d read and write under a different study theme.  During the week in which we covered the theme “Before I was Born”, students were required to talk to their family …

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My Sketchbook of 2001

Yesterday, I found a sketchbook that I had bought on December 26th, 2001, in Hokkaido, Japan.  During that first year of ever working in Japan, I had flown to Hokkaido for Christmas with four other teachers.  While my friends were skiing the slopes of powder snow, I had wandered the streets by myself and purchased this sketchbook and some art supplies.  Upon opening the sketchbook, these are the sketches I …

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