2014.11.18 Tuesday

Yokohama

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    Off to Yokohama with Higashi and Sachiko to see the art triennale, lots of art followed by sashimi and beers.







     

    Visiting the night market in Koenji with Higashi, Manami and Sakiko.

    2014.11.17 Monday

    Art adventure

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      I went to Roppongi next to visit some of the galleries and musems in the area, ending my evening in the Mori Art Museum,  with has an amazing view of the city at night.



       

      Sachiko kindly brought me to Nakano Broadway, a shopping complex in Tokyo famous for its many stores selling anime items, which also has Art galleries, and a bar owned by the artist Takashi Murakami. This was followed by a visit to Sekaido, an artist paradise in the shape of seven story tall art supply shop in Shinjuku. I also began working a new photography project, based in Kichijoji.




      2014.11.17 Monday

      Welcome party

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        For my welcome party, Manami cooked a Japanese hotpot and I introduced my art practice while a very patient Yukkie translated into Japanese for me. 







         


        The weather is still really nice and I have been enjoying the end of summer in Inokashira Park. I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Koto, then the Tokyo-Edo museum for a bit of a historical overview of the City.


        I have weekly meetings with Sachico, who helps me with any queries and always has interesting places to direct me towards.

        2014.10.21 Tuesday

        1st week in Tokyo

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          Excited and a little late, I arrived in Tokyo with a warm welcome, the accommodation is only a few minutes from Art Centre Ongoing and in a great location.

          With advice from Sachiko, I purchased two essential items for use in Tokyo. The Suica travel card, a top-up card which operates the same principle as the oyster card in London, which you can also use like a credit card in some places, and the OCN mobile prepaid data SIM; this is very helpful for getting around if you do not speak Japanese. I also downloaded the Tokyo Art Beat app, which gives you information on current exhibitions and locates any galleries in your vicinity.

          I spent my first week exploring Kichijoji, getting blinded by the bright lights of Shinjuku, taking in some art in Shibuya, and overindulging on sushi.

          I travelled with Higashi, Manami, and Ogawa-san to the National Museum of Art Okutama, outside of Tokyo,  a great space built over the river which functions as an artist studio group, which had been transformed into a unique exhibition.

          Afterwards Higashi and Manami brought me to my first izakaya, which specialises in pork. The food is served on sticks, we ate heart, tongue, stomach, liver, and cartilage, drank down with Shōchū (alcohol made from sweet potato).













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