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Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ⑤

Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ⑤

Ainu Artist ‘Bikki’ – Sculptor Village of Otoineppu, known to be the smallest village in Hokkaido, located in the northern district. The village name Otoineppu means ‘muddy river mouth’ in Ainu language, possibly designated from the Teshio River which flows through the village of Otoineppu. Here we visited the Eco Museum Osashima Center, the home of […]

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our Christmas Party | 我が家のクリパの風景

our Christmas Party | 我が家のクリパの風景

Although Christmas is ‘really not’ an official holiday here in Japan, no matter where you are, Christmas seem to be the most enjoyable time for any child; a time for family gathering, a time for giving, a time for gratitude and for all – our wishes for our children to remember the ‘gift of giving’. […]

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Xmas Stollen | クリスマス・シュトーレン

Xmas Stollen | クリスマス・シュトーレン

Baking “Christmas Stollen” has become my personal calendar event before Xmas after settling down to my homeland, Japan. However when I lived in Ireland during my young days, ‘Christmas Cake’, a fruit cake heavily packed with fruit and nuts, covered entirely in marzipan to mature until Xmas was the iconic cake for Christmas. Watching the […]

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Chiharu Shiota Gallery

Chiharu Shiota Exhibition: The Soul Trembles | 塩田千春展 (part 2)

Sequel to Part 1 of Chiharu Shiota’s exhibit at the Mori Art Museum, displaying some of her other installations, sketches and drawings which I resonated to the concept of her ‘being’. part 1に引き続き、塩田千春展の終盤に差し掛かると『集積ー目的地を求めて』とインスタレーションがあります。たくさんのトランクが赤い糸で吊るされていて、いくつかのトランクが時々揺れる。 「どこにいても自分の生まれ故郷とはつながっている。赤い糸はそんなことを現しています。トランクが揺れるのは旅立つ前の振動です。旅立つ日の朝にいろんな思いが詰まったスーツケースを持って、今から行くぞ、と震えている。私の展覧会は基本的には現地制作なので、必要なものだけトランクに詰めて旅をしているのですが、人はこれだけのもので生活できるんだな、と思うことがよくありますね」 The ACCUMULATION – Searching for the Destination is another breath taking large-scale installations from everyday materials that are filled with memory […]

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Chiharu Shiota Gallery

Chiharu Shiota Exhibition: The Soul Trembles | 塩田千春展 (part 1)

Chiharu Shiota’s exhibit at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Chiharu Shiota is a Berlin based artist, internationally active and widely known for her large scale ‘thread’ installation. She explores the human existence and concerns such as life, death and relationships. The exhibition started in June at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (Roppong Hills), […]

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Mesquite Poster

Escher & Mesquita|メスキータ展

Recalling my days in film production, I was involved in a M.C. Escher filming project, using the cutting edge technology, 3D film production in early 1990. The production was of a short film, to be shown at the Escher Museums at Huis Ten Bowch Theme Park (Nagasaki). M.C. Escher, is an Artist well-known for mathematically […]

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Taro Okamoto Gallery

Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum | 岡本太郎記念館

From Abstract to Surrealism, from art to philosophy, the aesthetics underlying Taro Okamoto’s art, his atelier and former home, now a Memorial Museum is located in the central Tokyo, fashionable Aoyoma district . Blazing sunlight, soaring heat wave across Japan over 35 degrees, perhaps not as bad as heat wave across Europe, pronouncing the ‘declaration […]

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one of the oldest shrines in Japan - Izumo Taisha

one of the oldest shrines in Japan – Izumo Taisha

an excerpt from our camping car trip in 2018 Our trip to Izumo Taisha Shrine located in Shimane prefecture took place early October 2018, when the longest and hottest summer gradually started to loose force, surrendering itself to the next season, the fall. Izumo Taisha Shrine is considered the oldest shrine in Japan, in existence […]

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New Year's multi-culture washoku | 2018年に願う「彩り」元旦

New Year's multi-culture washoku | 2018年に願う「彩り」元旦

New Years Day, dinner. For us Japanese, New Year’s celebration is a traditional event, most likely THE important day of the year in which we celebrate the day with ‘traditional Japanese osechi’. If anyone of the readers are curious of what ‘osechi is?’, many sites will explain the meaning of some of the osechi dishes. […]

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Kobako (Barrel) Crab | 香箱ガニ丼

Kobako (Barrel) Crab | 香箱ガニ丼

北陸のキャンピングカー旅を終えて、福井で頂いた香箱ガニのリゾットが美味しかったこと。旅行は11月半ばでまだまだ寒さの始まり。蟹もまっさかりとはいえない時期でした。東京でも香箱ガニに出会えないかなぁ?と旅の思い残しの一つでしたが、つい数日前スーパーの鮮魚売り場で活きた香箱(セイコウ)ガニを手にすることができました。

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Hokuriku Camping Car Travelog | 北陸キャンピングカー旅 ②

Hokuriku Camping Car Travelog | 北陸キャンピングカー旅 ②

The Noto Peninsula (Noto-hanto) is a peninsula which extends out to the ocean (Sea of Japan), Ishikawa prefecture. To us, Noto instantly resonates ‘fresh fish’,’good sake’ ,’salt’ and ‘rice’, basically the main food ingredients our form of Japanese food. It was my first visit to Noto-hanto, although the weather did not welcome us; sunshine-cloudy-mist-rain-gusty wind […]

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Hokuriku Camping Car Travelog | 北陸キャンピングカー旅 ①

Hokuriku Camping Car Travelog | 北陸キャンピングカー旅 ①

10月に引き続き、11月はキャンピングカーで念願の「北陸方面」を旅してきました。

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