Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bon and Pon

I first read about this Japanese retired couple sometime ago in one of the online Japanese news sites.  They are now in the British news (The Guardian - you can see more photos there). Since 2016, they have dressed in coordinating outfits and posted to their Instagram account, which now has almost 720,000 followers.  They are starting their own clothing line in a Japanese department store.  The retirees were college sweethearts and have been married 38 years.

While I would never dress in coordinating outfits with another person, spouse or otherwise, I do find the couple adorably cute.  What about you?  Do you and your spouse dress alike?  Would you like to?

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is just a short walk from the Ebisu Station. There are a number of different exhibits on different floors and the admission fee depends on which and how many of the exhibits you want to see. The exhibit I chose was called TOP Collection: Learning  Into the Pictures and the fee was 500 yen. Below is the description from the museum website.  I highly recommend this exhibit.  It was very thought provoking.

The TOP Collection is an ongoing series of exhibitions presenting works from the collection of the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. This edition deals with the theme of “Enjoying and Learning.”
The type of learning that occurs in a museum is a different experience from learning something at school or from a book. The type of total-body learning that arises from the spatial atmosphere of the building, the rhythm of the works on the wall, and the presence created by the actual size of the works is wholly unique to the museum.

If you look closely at the works showing things that are interesting to you instead of seeing them as documents from a given era or sources of information, you may realize something about the works that you hadn’t noticed in the past. Discovering something you don’t understand and simply enjoying that feeling is another way of learning at the museum.

Drawing on the museum’s vast collection of over 34,000 items, this exhibition introduces a host of outstanding works from a wide range of times and places, inviting you to enjoy the rich and diverse types of learning that are possible at the museum. Both those who are well-versed in photography and those who are visiting for the first time are sure to enjoy and learn something new. Okay, are you ready? Let’s enter the pictures!

Approximately 50 artists, including KIMURA Ihee, KUWABARA Kineo, NAKAHIRA Takuma, NARAHARA Ikko, SUZUKI Risaku,
UEDA Shoji, Diane ARBUS, Bernd and Hilla BECHER, Henri Cartier-BRESSON, Cindy SHERMAN, Robert DOISNEAU, Elliott ERWITT,  Lee FRIEDLANDER, Minor WHITE, Garry WINOGRAND.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Finish - Green Obi Set

A while back a friend asked me if I could make something out of her aunt's obi (sash worn with kimono).  She said she didn't care what I made or how long it took.  I suggested a bag, but she said no.  Anything else was okay. There are three embroidered sections, but the fabric isn't in the best condition.  The embroidery is very pretty, but there are discoloration marks throughout the obi.

I've been thinking about it while letting every other project come first, when I finally decided to just do it. I made a wall hanging, a small pillow and three small table runners (one with the smallest of the embroidered sections.)  

I did my best with it.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Artwork at the Guam Airport

The Guam Airport is small, but there was some interesting artwork in the departure area.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday

Progress on the Christmas Assissi, slow but progress.

I finish-finished the first of the 12 pears. They've been stitched for quite a while.  They are one of my 6 & 6 in 2018 projects so I would really like to finish all of them.

I worked on the afghan, then realized the section I stitched in pink should have been white.  At first I thought "how did I do that?", then looked at the symbols.  The symbol for white was a little heart and the symbol for pink was a little white square.  Doesn't it seem like the heart would be the pink?  I put it aside until sometime when I feel like unstitching.  

The dorset buttons were more fun.  The one on top is the one I showed last Friday.  The next three were also made with #5 perle cotton.  The two with red and yellow are made with #8 perle. These are really fun - if you haven't tried making dorset buttons, you really need to!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cozy Picnic

SMUG hosted a cozy picnic at Sumpu Castle Park and I was happy to join in with this international group. Interesting people, good weather, and delicious snacks.  

I look forward to the next get together.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Morning Star Count - Week Six

Year Two of the temperature quilt  

Week 6,  June 3 - 9  

82, 84, 81, 70, 82, 81, 88

Sarah at Sarah Did It! is continuing to host us on Wednesdays, so please check out the temperatures around the world.  Feel free to join it! 

My Year Two temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme remains the same: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Rajio Taiso

Every morning all over Japan, you can see and hear rajio taiso, or radio calisthenics.  When I'm out walking in the morning I can hear the loud speakers from my company and other companies in the area and see workers outside bending and stretching.  If you are at home, you can turn on your television and follow along with NHK. I thought it was an interesting exercise idea and was curious about how it got started.  

I found out it was started in the United States in 1925! An insurance company started the health and fitness broadcast in the US, but it didn't really catch on. Too bad, because if it had maybe Americans would be healthier today.  

It began in Japan about 1928 and has been popular ever since.  Fitness experts claim its longevity is due to the completeness of the routines.  There are two routines, each lasting around three minutes that include over a dozen different whole body exercises that improve balance, build core strength, and stretch muscles.  

School children and company employees do the routine every day and NHK broadcasts the routine several times a day.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Creek Park

In Japan, small spaces are put to good use and this little park near where I live is a good example.  From the road and the sidewalk, there is this little wooden path down to the creek area.

I often see children playing, but the day I took these pictures, there was only a bird in the water.

You can walk in the creek without getting your feet wet.

There are many pretty flowers and even a drinking fountain.

This little park is one more reason to love where I live.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Finish - One Button

I've been admiring the Dorset Buttons that Queenie is making and adding to her crazy quilt project. You can see the block she is working on this week here.  Last night I decided to give it a try.  Using a one inch plastic ring and varigated DMC perle #5 in color 4060, I made this.  

It's a beginner's button, but I think I will make more and try to get better.  You can find many interesting images of dorset buttons on the internet.