Wednesday, January 25, 2006

new year`s resorution revorution begins #1

Like all resolutions this one stumbled and fell off the starting line. However, from now on I'll try to update a photo per week. Erin an I came across an art exhibit of contemporary Japanese calligraphy. I asked a woman, dressed in a traditional kimono, if I could take her picture and she agreed in near fluent English to my surprise. What's more she turned out to be one of the artists and continued to give us a detailed explanation of everything from the technique to her favorite piece, which turned out to be her own. As you can see from the above photo these works were of large format ranging from 2x5 ft - 10x 30 ft. She went on to tell us the ink is traditionally all-natural, rather expensive and often has perfume additives just to enhance the smell. The paper is usually handmade and at least 10 years old but, even this won't restrict the artists from attempting perfection over a 150 times for a single piece. Due to this unique combination of traditional ink and paper the brushstrokes produce an almost auric quality from each character. Afterward she presented us with a disc of traditional Japanese ink! Supposedly you just crush it up with pestle and mortar and add water. I'm looking forward to experimenting with this interesting ink.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

AMERICAJIN HUMOR

The now famous "Reverution" continues (Founder and Leader: Erin Lawrence)Ahh, I can breathe again having found some familiar landmark; SPAM for steal at just under 4 bucks.
...graffitti...
Want to slim those thighs and loose some of those xmas pounds? Test out the ever popular and effective saddle exercise machine!
Oh, and watch out for those low doorways...
As you might expect Tea Rounges are very popular.
"DON`T RUN INTO THE TRAIN!"
Naturally, "We`re the OPEN"
This logo is everywhere you go in Japan. For the longest time we couldn`t figure out what kinda company it was for....was it a cat catcher co. or child day care? Actually it`s for a package delivery service. ...erin rockin a crab hat in dontombori...
...poor Prime Minister Kazumi.
From the World Expo in Aichi, representing Poland.
Imagine walking into your local 7 Eleven looking for your favorite shirp rice triangle and finding this guy...
might be difficult to see but, check out the lil kid on the sign.

Happy little somethings at a local shrine.Ahh, yes "YOU HAIR STUDIO"

Ever felt threatened by a teddy bear?
Those of you who still find illustrated pictures of poo funny, like myself...whenever yall come to visit let me know in advance so I can get you a reservation at the "LUCKY PLAZA for human" of course.
Just some Japanese graffitti
From previous posts you`ve all seen Buddha wearing a bib but since it`s Winter now he has been sporting a beanie.
...more graffitti.