Thank you so much for your supportive comments and email messages on the previous post JAPAN NOW. Your ongoing thoughts on people in Japan is definitely the greatest help. I am aiming to start the project in 2012 so will let you know once it’s ready.
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Today I would like to share some wonderful arts and artists that I met in Japan, (and sorry for the delay in posting this!) all of which I found it a kind of ‘serendipity’. You can view more info by clicking the name.
Kiiroi-tori-utsuwa ten is a beautiful shop with tons of lovely ceramics made by Japanese potters like Makoto Kagoshima and Koki Terakado. I always wanted to visit this shop, so we went off at the first thing in the morning but it was closed! (Oh no, should have checked the opening hour, silly me!) Luckily the shop owner Takahashi-san let us browse and even served us cold drinks in those beautiful pots! How sweet! :) Thank you so much Takahashi san.
Another fortunate ‘serendipity’ was when I visited Gekkousou to get a new sketchbook. It came cross with a beautiful playful collage and printing exhibition by Mitsuru Ishimasa. I fell in love with his work and in particular his ‘handmade’ story book of map.Then guess what? He happened to be there in site just in time, and after his kind negotiation I also purchased one of his handmade story books (only five exist in the world! ), which has become my precious.
If you like quirky illustrations, you may already know about Mogu Takahashi. I love her drawing so much and it was lovely to see her exhibition in Tokyo. I also decided to join her ‘making finger puppet’ workshop running that evening at the last minute. It was such fun to mess around with remnant spontaneously. (Mine are two birdies) Thank you Mogu-san :)
* * * * * * * * * *I am going to have a bit of blog break in order to concentrate on my final year of degree study. Hopefully I can come back now and again to share my progress and certainly will keep you informed about HELP JAPAN PROJECT 2. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me via email. Bye for now. x maki