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Bamboo in Kyoto

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In a northwestern neighborhood of Kyoto called Arashiyama, there is bamboo. Walking through the grove is magical. Cameras don’t quite do it justice, but here are some pictures and videos anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

Three Shrines in Japan

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As a tourist visiting Japan, shrines are a must. We spent time in three large temple complexes.

Tokyo Meiji Jingu

This shinto shrine is relatively new and is somehow associated with the imperial family post WWII. The gardens and parks are in the middle of Tokyo and are a respite from traffic and crowds. Lots of people but lots of coexisting.

 

Tokyo Senso-ji

This temple seems very much more Buddhist. Also in town, it is surrounded by shops and stalls on all sides. The zen gardens are the best aspect.

 

Kyoto Fushimi Inari

This world heritage site is just incredible. Millions of arches all painted orange of different sizes create an line a long path up and around the mountain. When we walked this path it was a warm day and by the top I was soaking wet with sweat. Beautiful views from the 15 or so stations/shrines juxtapose the natural beauty of the mountain with the bustling city of Kyoto in the distance.

Art in the Open: Hakone Japan

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The Hakone Outdoor Museum is Fantastic

An outdoor sculpture garden in the mountains of Japan. What more could you want?

Submitted mostly without comment. Skip the Picasso. Go for the Moore.

Art and Technology at the National Gallery

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Meeting at Leonardo’s “Ginevra de’ Benci”

Richard Danzig has some very interesting insights into technology and art. A Wednesday tour of the National Gallery of Art was just what the doctor ordered.

Context provided by Monet

Back in time.

Of note: lack of perspective, colors, religious theme, little man Jesus, non-human nature of beings, fill

Click to fill

Of note: lack of perspective, colors, economics of materials, religious theme, little man Jesus, human nature of beings, fill, fingers

Mary’s face shows emotion and internal dialog.

What is she thinking?

Of note: improving perspective (not that great though), bright colors, economics of materials, religious theme, little man Jesus, human nature of beings, background on earth, intrigue

what cho lookin at?

side channel

Of note: shape, focus, improving perspective, bright colors, economics of materials, religious theme, baby Jesus, human nature of beings, social scene, background on earth, many side stories, materials constrain work, fill

which way is the donkey looking now?

retouched, adjusted visage

Pile em in

Of note: humanity/intelligence, focus, detail of cloth, bright, religious theme, human nature of subject

towards impressionism in the brushwork

hey look, it’s a detailed human

lights. camera. action. Our tour guide talks Titian

Of note: myth allows humanism, symbolism of dogs, domesticity/afterglow and hunting, focus, light burst, human nature of subject

Back to Leonardo

Of note: humanity, blue background distance, impressionism, oil, technique, symbolism, real subject, colors, math, science

landscape

Fast forward in a time warp.

Context provided by Monet

Of note: humanity, cloud, impressionism, oil, technique, motion, real subjects, colors, light source, faces obscured, models are family

And then lunch by the waterfall

fin

Jack Graduates Cum Laude from NYU

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NY is always a blast to visit, but this trip was the most special NY run ever!  We are proud of our #1 son.

It was a super hot day to be in the direct sun at Yankee Stadium.  Fortunately, w all survived.

 

 

A second ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences was held at Radio City the next day.

 

 

Sailing in New York City

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Sailing was just what the doctor ordered on a sweltering day in the city (90 degrees in mid May!). Gorgeous and fun. Amy captained the boat under sail as we cruised up the Hudson.

 

Jack took the helm at the top of the ride.

 

 

 

Champagne!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Barley at the helm.

 

 

 

 

No fun was had!  No fun at all.

 

 

 

 

Robyn in Crablandia

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Here’s looking at you Robyn.

 

Yes, you.

 

Psychedelically speaking, that is.

 

 

The show was held in Annapolis at the Ram’s Head with a capacity crowd on a Saturday afternoon. The time feel in the venue is set to “Vegas.” Could be most anytime but definitely night time, even at 1:00pm. The food does not suck even though the ditzy waitresses are way too loud.

Robyn played a handful of the songs on the great new self-titled record. Buy it for yourself.

 

 

 

 

And some old favorites that the crowd adored.

 

 

mug sans portal

 

By far the most amusing and entertaining part of the show was the “free part,” that being the part with the banter. We had to pay for the music part. Worth every post-Brexit penny.

 

 

 

Did I already say Robyn played some of the songs on the great new self-titled record? Well he did.

 

Then there was this.

 

 

Trickster plays covers in new shirt.

Catch the tour if you can.

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