Photograph of Zen priest at Umeda Station by Sydney Solis.
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
A haipho - photo and haiku - by Sydney Solis.
The Oyunohara (大斎原) Otorii Gate, the largest of the Kumano Kodo sanzan. Before 1889, 熊野古道, Kumano Kodō pilgrims arriving at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine visited its original site of Oyunohara 大斎原, an island located at the fork of the Iwata River and the Otonashi River in Tanabe, Wakayama. Instead of Misogi, 禊 a Japanese Shinto practice of … Continue reading 熊野古道, Kumano Kodō: Oyunohara 大斎原
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.
Enjoy virtual travel to Japan's top destinations from the comfort of home via 360 photos on JR West's Japan Rail Pass website. You can enter its contest too! I did!
The divine messenger of the sun, the crow, is exemplified in Yatagarasu, the three-legged crow in Japanese mythology. With photos and haiku by Sydney Solis.
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
A photograph by Sydney Solis of a Chinese bride and groom in action at Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Japan.