Japanese Christmas and New Year is pretty different to what I`ve known every previous year. Here`s a diary of my last 3 weeks including some food I`ve eaten, some music I`ve drawn, some old friends I`ve seen, Shinto Jinjas and Buddhist temples, museums and mountains, new shoes and a new years eve scratching cat
Small Color and their audience, Tokyo
The E-Jimas who looked after me so well when I lived with them for my first year in Japan
Naoki, Miwako, Leon and Tone
HAMAMATSU INSTRUMENT MUSEUM
a lot of beautiful banjos from around the world
a serpent from the UK
CHRISTMAS IN KYOTO
a Shinto Jinja up a small mountain
Oden (tasty steamed things) designed into a face by Daichan of cafe Yugue
Ichi and Suchan drawing
A bad photo of a lady ploughing a rice field.
Later I want to make a whole blog about rice as I enjoy it everyday and it`s such an important part of Japanese culture
textiles from a remote part of northern China
textiles from Indonesia
BACK IN NAGOYA
a poster for our Triangle tour with Rozi Plain in February.
The poster and tour title was inspired by the pevious textiles and my new shoes
NEW YEARS EVE
during the day we walked to Tsurumai Koen, a park in Nagoya, and we spotted a kingfisher which felt like a rare treat amidst the metropolis of Nagoya. Ichi told me that to see a Kingfisher means you`ll have a good year.
Previously we had been out at a hidden talent party, where I performed a rap of Japanese tongue twisters while Ichi did breakdancing and scratching. The hardest part was not to laugh as part of our outfits were matching shorts and Ichi chose to wear his very high up his waist.
WALKING UP MOUNTAINS ON 1.1.11
Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu!
Happy new year!
May your 2011 be full of kingfishers
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