I saw this sunflower papier-mâché prop in the window walking in Osaka, Japan one day. I loved its originality and the black-and-white newspapers with politicians' photos in the center. I almost walked on by, but I'm glad I didn't.￼ Sometimes it's the little things that turn out to be unexpectedly beautiful. ￼ ￼ This photograph … Continue reading Sunflower Mâché — Photo Art
Maria Papatzelou and Jagoda Kalliarekou One of my great joys has been to be a part of a wonderful collaborative group of global artists, writers and thinkers that are producing some amazing projects. I've been exited to share news of the Major Group Exhibition in Kyoto, Haiku books as well as art and haiku books, … Continue reading Co-existence – When Art and Global Collaboration Meet
Japanese philosophy, mythology, and art lovers alike will fall in love with a unique new e-book Lafcadio in Japan Code - Seeking A Lost Spiritual Tradition. This Exhibition Catalog, doubling as a memory book of the April 22-25 Kyoto exhibition that commemorated the 170th anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn's birth, contains a plethora of art, photography, poetry and prose about Japanese culture from collaborators the world over.
When I first moved to Japan in the summer of 2017, the heat was brutal, especially in the cities. I had exhausted myself visiting shrines and temples in Kyoto, so I decided to stay close to our Shinmachi, Osaka neighborhood. There was a plethora of these sacred places within a few blocks radius. A gentle … Continue reading Photo Haiku – Chrysanthemums
My plan to return to Japan this month has been postponed due to the coronavirus. I was all set to return for three months - one in Kyoto for the Lafcadio Hearn April 22-25 and then Tokyo for a month to be with kamishibai friends before back for another month in Kansai. How quickly the … Continue reading Haiga, Haibun and Haiku in the Time of Coronavirus
I was struck by the contrast of groups in this photo I took from the platform of Tofukuji Station in Kyoto. The Chinese tourists on the left dressed fashionably bright and looking at their cell phones; the Japanese school girls in somber uniforms on the right talking to each other. Two worlds!
Street photography of Shinsekai, Osaka, Japan by Sydney Solis
Antique Fuji in Nishinomiya is a treasure hunt through old Japan.
One of the most refreshing things about Japan I find is that there is an exaltation of the human body and it can be seen in public sculptures all across Japan.
f you are looking for the soul of Japan, look to its ceramics. From sake vessels, to tea ceremony ceramics, Japan lives and breathes mindful artisan and meaning through this beautiful art form called Yakimono. And Robert Yellin is devoted to promoting and protecting this art created by living Japanese artisans of more than 40 traditional styles across Japan.