16.06.13 - It’s REAL TIME!
Today was the most perfect beach day, I realised just how much I love and miss the beach.
Swimming in the water, floating in the salty sea, open views, playing games, enjoying the sunshine, waving the sun goodbye together.
Just what I needed.
18.05.13 TOKYO reggae festival!
Yoyogi park, two pars with the same name - us wondering through the sacred one, “this is beautiful but I don’t think that this is where the reggae is at!” A little walk away, we made it and felt the festival vibes.
Big happy crowds.
Not to forget on the Thursday before, I had my first ever taster of life modelling.
Sobajima Sensei asked me to life model for his own school, a very flattering thing to be asked. He took me to his school, about twenty minute drive from NUA. We stopped off in his friends gallery, where we ate and were given some really nice green tea.
It was an adult class with about ten students. At first I was a little nervous with so many eyes staring at me but I relaxed and it was so lovely to be met with many people telling me that I am beautiful. I had breaks after each pose and went and had a look at everyones drawings, it was so interesting to see how they had all captured me. When I was sitting casually drinking my soya milk everyone got excited and said “this is the best pose”, flattering to be told that my relaxed state is a beautiful pose. I was asked if they could take pictures and literally everyone in the room whipped out their cameras and started taking photographs of that moment!
I got my first ever pay in Japan, it came in an envelope with kanji on it.
After, Sobajima and I went back to the gallery to meet his friend who was setting up an exhibition. He is a famous Japanese paint painter who sells his work at a high price. I got to look at his paintings and chat with him and his wife, which was nice.
Such a nice experience - I never imagined that I would be doing life modelling in Japan. I look forward to doing it another two times.
Life continues to surprise me in the nicest ways.
17.05.13 - Paper Making
We learnt that traditional Japanese paper is made from the kouzo plant. This needs to be boiled for about three hours in order to get the fibres to the right consistency. After this, it is put into a kind of bath with blades which cut it up into the pulp.
As we had time to spare whilst the plant was boiling and it was a beautifully hot day, we decided to have a BBQ using the fire under the boiling pot! We went to the supermarket got necessary supplies —- bananas and chocolate - and then enjoyed a very tasty treat.
This was a really busy day full of fun and food. After the BBQ, we went to a rock band party where we experienced Japanese moshing, a private view with food and to the welcome party of the art creator course, where there was also food. We then went to a promotional screening event by red bull where they were giving out free red bull. Safe to say, I was stuffed.
After this we went home and got ready to leave for Tokyo!
15.05.13 Kanbe Class
This post is particularly with my Gran in mind.
We were shown the most beautiful glass treasures from Kanbe’s collection. Kanbe told us that he wonders about the origin of glass. Apparently around 2,000 to 3,000 years ago people all over the world suddenly started to create glass. Before glass blowing, they would create a clay cast and then pour the glass into it.
Back in the olden times, glass pieces were very expensive so only the rich would have them.
We got to see and hold a variety of glass pieces:
some created over 2,500 years ago (before Jesus was borne!), big glass containers which were meant to hold ‘liquid for lovers’ and small containers which were meant to hold poison (both of which the smell never leaves).
Apparently, the Japanese have a different sense of beauty in old artefacts to America - In Japan, they love to keep the aged impurities on the glass, where as in America, they prefere to clean the pieces and have them looking new.
Amazingly some of the sister pieces that Kanbe owns are in the collection of one of the biggest museums in Japan. He lent the museum some of his works for an exhibition last year. Kanbe arranged the glass aesthetically rather than by age, it sounded like a wonderful show.
We finished the class off by Kambe passing round two pieces of glass together; one was very old and the other more modern. He told us that if we were artists then we would be able to feel which was which and whichever we preferred would tell us what kind of artist we are.
Fine Art Freshmen Field Trip - Sausage Making!
Later that day, Sarah, Alex, Rowan and I went to a music performance night in the club house. We weren’t sure what to expect and were happily surprised by the nights unravelling.
The club house was very cosy and compact, it had a very makeshift feel about it. It was really good fun and interesting to listen to young Japanese singers. Their taste is quite particular.
Alex got on stage and sang a Bob Marley song!
We all ate noodles and were given lots of snacks.
Our first Japanese lesson was followed by a takoyaki party with our teachers. Takeshi brought all of the ingredients with him, sake and a bottle of wine. Bonding over food and drinks was a good way to finish the day.
It was really hot and I needed a hat to protect me against the sun - to the 100 yen shop! It got pretty windy so I fashioned a sophisticated look to keep it securely on my head.
On our cycle, Rowan and I came across an old lady farmer who had a fire.