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.
This art-form Shodō that is also a way of life and has its own philosophy was working its power on me. It was all very Zen.
You are cordially invited to the Writers in Kyoto Annual Poetry Reading on June 24. It will feature jazz accompanying the Kansai region's many talented poets who are gathering at the The Gnome, at Nijo Kawaramachi in Kyoto (For map see here.) Happy to say that I, Sydney Solis, am master of ceremonies, humble poet that I am. … Continue reading Writers in Kyoto Annual Poetry Reading, Plus Jazz June 24
The wonderful thing about my new life in Japan, that at 51 years of age I am reborn! I recently cut all my hair off and went white. 15 long years since my first husband died and raising my two children on my own are done! My kids turned out amazing, splendid - I'm so … Continue reading Photography & Artwork of Japan by Sydney Solis Available
I am a folk junkie. I love folktales, folk art, folk music. Folk comes from the Old English folc, common people, men, or tribe; originating from the Proto-Germaic root of fulka with its modern German word volk, people. In an era where people's cultures, crafts and minds are getting swallowed up by the mechanized, mono-cultural isolation … Continue reading Art and Meaning in Everyday Life at The Japan Folk Art Museum in Osaka