2017.01.20 Friday

My New Year 2016-17 in Japan (part 1)


    Most of offices and shops were closed ,everyone went back to their 'home'.


    My pesidency time period is between 2016-17 ,so it's very lucky for me to experienced the japanese countdown and new year in this transitional time. 

    from Dec 20 , i could felt that people start to have countdown mentality in thier mind.Same as aother country-It s PARTY time - to farewell the old year and welcome the new year (new life? that they believed.). This Part 1 will show you about my experiences that i had from last week of 2016 til the countdown time to 2017.



    Tsukiji Fish market - the most recommend to check out and here,you can smell the freshness.


    I went to Tsukiji with Nishioka-san and Kaho ( They are Teratotera volunteer) to shopping a fish for forget the year party food for Teratotera members at night

    we met up very early and Nishioka-san,he s a guy who expert in this area and he's a guide for this trip (He 's the one who a special cheif for party as well).  

    tourist are not allowed to take a photo in restricted area , because this market is not design for visitor or tourist ,so pathway quite narrow and 'rocket car' and many workers always move and working.it may cause of accident or disturb to their work.During the walk inside we have to keep an eyes on and be careful.



    Gotcha .In this Santa bag included, big fish and ice. it was about 4-5 kg.


    nearby fish market, there is a famous japanese omelet shop, so crowded customers and we bought this for our party too.


    After finished shopping ,we went to sushi restaurant around Tsukiji area for lunch. Nishioka-san recommneded this one ,old school sushi bar. We were not disappoint. it was awesome tasty.


    Party time! NIshioka-san stands up for opening speech. Kanpai!


    yellow shirt girl is my super-research assistant, Kaho.


    Here we goooo. so i thought my tongue can dance that moment.



    Nextday , Christmas eve's. I went out at night with Kenji (my friend and national artist in parallel universe).

    it was little despair because for christmas eve night out it should be a date for love couple. But..... 

    Anyway.we went out to visit a gallery in Asakusa.They had opening exhibition event of Rirkrit ,Yoko Ono and other artists 's art work.



    After that we hung out at Sensoji temple and drinking with izakaya style. yeah under freezing weather.



    "fake beer , mix before drink" Kenji said.

    I was drunk and i had a super hangover in the next morning.


    28 December , Ongoing Art Center BIG PARTY. Very big meeting party of Ongoing Collective ,there was full house of friends and unlimited beer and alcohol formular. Yeahhh

    Don't think, just drink ,laugh and forget the year



    Nozomu was giving his speech "Thank you everyone and Ongoing going to be 9 years anniversary next year..." wow


    someone died in duty on second floor.


    And finally , 31 Dec 2016 - Countdown night!

    Tokyo countdown time is not so popular for public countdown celebration. there was no big event or big fire work show this time difference frome other big city. In general , it's pretty quite atmosphere ,less people on the street , shops were closed. Japanese people prefer to stay at home with family than party outside. Unexpected surprise to me , I was almost alone that night but i still had Kenji,the dude. 

    No where to go then we decided to Asakusa zone again. This is a new Tokyo tower.


    Many thousands of people went to Sensoji temple to make a wish and pray for new year coming

    Kenji said it was very impressive time and great moment to countdown,so he brought me to themepark and saw local comedians show 30 mins before countdown and then yeah Booom "Happy new year 2017" ..Wat!... a Super _ucking impressive i ever experienced

    traditional new year sake' drink

    back to Sensoji again ,to make a wish.

    Bought a holy item , depend on what kind of power you what to pump up to your life



    All it was about hard party time and impressive memory ;-)


    Ok,that's it for this part. Thank for reading

    See you next vol.  

    2017.01.12 Thursday



      first conversation in Japan with this guy at Haneda airport shuttle bus station - so lost in translation but somehow we can understand to not understand by common and context.


      Hello anyone who reading this Ongoing AIR blog 

      My name is Yhod (nickname) ,Thawiphat Praengoen.From Thailand the land of madness and magical insanity.

      I have got great opportunity to being participated in Ongoing Residency Program for two months ,Dec 2016-Feb 2017 for research and making a exhibition in final month. 


      I have been here almost a month now. From now on i will write "blog" to share about some of my experiences and ideas that i got from this extraordinary time.   

      This is a first vol. 




      This is a first time in Japan, the first world country. Ofcourse, I had cultural shock somtimes and I had to learn fast automatically about the new 'order' and social perception as a new language and conciousness to fit in and living here smoothly. The first week ,it was very intense and exciting for me. Following these are some examples I want to share.


      I had to download this pix and saved in my phone to keep remind and recognize about signs of each garbage type


      As you known, Japan has strict and complicate about garbage separation system.Less and specific bin in public.I come from the country that people and city not so serious about garbage seperation and recycle management,so I had to keep focus and learn this system works ASAP. Garbage cannot be just thrown away into a bin anymore,it s a task and public responsbility. 


       Very convenince and predictable time for travel ,if you can use train by urself.                 I had to tune up my walking speed more 50% to catch up Japanese speed.


      Even walking and public transportation have thier own convention and order in detail as well. 


      "Zoooddddd Zoooooooooddd......"                                                                                      " Oishi iii iii....."


      Eating noodles and soup in proper Japanese way is not easy because you have to make "sound" during eat. Level of loud will show how good the food delicious and taste , it's like a compliment and thankful for chief.   

      Eating quitely is impolite and seem like disrespectful or showing this food not so good. 

      it's very hard for me. this so opposite to my culture. Everytime after finishing the meal I would fix this feeling by saying thank you and Oishiii directly.



      Japan is a very hi-tech country. we can see advanced-machine and innovation in everydaylife so many things. Electronic-Toilet is one of them. First time experienced I got very awkward feeling. But now we are best friend ,especially the warming seat system, it's a answer of fundamental humankind problem, sitting on toilet in winter will never be the same,here.



      Next time I will write my experince about New Year time in Japan 2016-17