I'm leaving Japan next Tuesday. And I'm looking forward to getting back into my normal life; my looms, Ben, and my own mess of a garden. Well, maybe not that. I am a little worried about Mom, but nothing specific; just that she'll be living on her own for the first time in... well, her life... of 83 years.
I've been busy some of the time. Exhibitions I recall going to since the last post are:
* le Corbusier and company exhibition I stumbled upon at the National Museum of Western Art, (mind-blowing; might go again);
* their permanent collection, though their van Gogh is in a show in Ottawa, Canada at the mo;
* an exhibition of collections from the Louvre, which I just assumed were paintings, but turned out to be historical artifacts, 4000 years of the Mediterranean, which I would have been interested if had I been prepared but I just ran through this one, but I did stop by two Byzantine tile work from Roman floors, (did I say it right?);
* permanent collection of dinosaur bones hung beautifully at the National Science Museum;
* permanent collection at the Bridgestone Museum, (their van Gogh was not as fabulous as his post-Paris work);
* an industrial design exhibition at the Setagaya Art Museum way in the boondocks, because I misread the brochure advertising Japonisme paintings from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. That exhibition takes place a year from now and will include this van Gogh piece;
* and a hilarious "So-en fashion magazine annual student awards since 1956" show, which included student work by Kenzo and one other Big Name even I recognized;
* more Rodin and Moore sculptures than I care to recall;
* and more than enough dioramas and recreations of old rooms and portions of buildings at history museums large and small around Tokyo.
And I saw two live panda bears for the first time at the Ueno Zoo.
My niece came to stay overnight; she's a bright, lively one. After she went home, I got sick and was out of action for five days.
As regards that Cubism thing, I go to my last, sixth session on Sunday, so I'll have to summarize what when on in there after I go home. Because I'm still not sure if I'm making progress there.
I finished weaving the white "Snowflake" piece; it took me five pieces on the Ashford table looms to learn how to control the tension and beating on them, and now I'm finished. I still hope to dye two pieces of cloth a second time, but I can't decide what to do with one.
I've been working on the very last "postcards"; I hope to send them out before the end of this week.