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Tag: art

29 Oct

Art & Design Flourishing in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s great cities.  The setting alone is worthy of top billing.  And then you have a vibrant culinary scene,...

14 Sep

Bountiful, Beautiful Bamboo

Honda Shoryu, Timber bamboo and rattan, 2000 There is a period missing in the timeline of human development, that of the Bamboo Age. Bamboo’s...

3 Jul

Dustin Yellin’s Passion

I spent yesterday with Dustin Yellin, arguably one of the most influential contemporary artists around.  His pieces are fascinating –...

29 May

Friday Evenings in New York

  Sol LeWitt’s wall Friday evening, the end of a week of work,  good work that I enjoy. Yet planning travel for people is work...

24 Feb

Meditations #79

  Why do I love carved wood, woven fiber, embroidered textile? These beauties, bearing the handprint of the maker, are windows into unique...

15 Nov

Parma

Piazza del Duomo An hour and a half by road from Milan is the small, elegant and refined city of Parma.  In this foodie age it is probably...

18 Mar

Bending Sticks and Making Magic

Patrick Dougherty – Born in Oklahoma in 1945, Dougherty was raised in North Carolina. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of...

9 Feb

Vana Wellness Retreat

It was a long trip – 26 hours from my frozen door in New York, via Dubai, New Delhi, and Dehradun – that ended with a nighttime...

19 Mar

Heavenly Horse

Officer Fang’s Barbarian Horse Barbarian steed, pride of Ferghana, All jags and angles, well-knit bones; Two ears cocked, sharp as bamboo...

22 Oct

Google Delight

Today is the 216th anniversary of the first parachute jump.  I will have to do some googling to find out more about this event.  In the meantime,...

29 Sep

The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is New York’s preeminent storehouse of riches.  Fronting Fifth Avenue in the lower 80’s and backing...

11 Apr

Riusuke Fukahori

The art of calligraphy finds a new voice with a broom in the hands of Riusuke Fukahori.  His work is extraordinary, not only the large calligraphic...

7 Aug

The Siam

I have been waiting for two plus years for The Siam to open, ever since I met the wonderful family who envisioned this stylish and ambitious...

18 May

A Perfect Marriage

There is a venerable factory in France that produces, to my taste, the perfect white ceramic plate, bowl, pitcher, vase.  The glaze is imperfect,...

7 Mar

Ryokan Beniya Mukayu

One of the loveliest of the ryokans I saw in Japan last week was Beniya Mukayu in the spa town of Yamashiro, Ishikawa Prefecture.  A Relais...

2 Mar

The Old & The New

A 500-year old Shinto shrine at the foot of the new Prudential Financial building in central Tokyo.

15 Feb

Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art

I.M. Pei was coaxed out of retirement at the age of 91 to undertake the building of Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art.  After traveling through...

8 Sep

Bordeaux: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Thanks to the unity of its urban and architectural expression, both classical and neoclassical and unchanged stylistically over the last two...

7 Apr

Patzcuaro’s Newest Star

A lovely, art-filled hotel has opened in an important 16th century manor house in Michoacan’s central city of Patzcuaro. Located just half...

22 Mar

Meditations on Travel #21

Man’s first canvas was himself. After that, Lascaux, Altamira, the rock face. Cave art became creations on wood, on plaster, on canvas,...

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Kusama’s piano
Rabbits (huge  French rabbits), squirrels, hedgehogs and beavers all together in this animal cafe
Wonderful Art Deco house built for Prince Asaka’s family in 1933. After the war the Asaka family was demoted to commoner status and the house became a State guest house and now a museum. The demotion of Asaka and other princely families is part of a current discussion regarding the current Imperial succession line which is tenuous. One solution would be to allow females to succeed. Another is to reinstate some princely families to strengthen the succession options
And, finally, the sword guard which a metalworker might spend a year making. Each depicts miniature worlds reflecting the artist’s soul
Next is the hilt, made from a core of magnolia wood, wrapped in the skin of Asian stingray, and then bound with threads, generally In a diamond pattern to provide a firm grip.
I ended my very warm day (94F feels like 104F) in the sleek, cool, new Japanese Sword Museum. Who would have thought it would be so pleasing to the senses?  Here are the sword story pieces In separate postings as the photos look better singly. The katana, with blade curved upward (first photo) was carried by Samurai on horseback. The Tachi, blade curved downward, was carried by Samurai on foot and usually had a groove carved into the blade to lessen the weight.  They are forged, tang and blade, in one piece. These are prize winners from “jewel” steel and signed by Masters.  It is the tip, I am told, that is the most challenging part of the blade to make.