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Good-Bye Summer, Hello Lovely Autumn! We spent a hot humid summer in Japan, and now we settling back in our Brooklyn home.  Remi and I stayed a month longer than Roy, so we came back home just in time to fill up his lonely life. My sister Aki, who visited NY for the first time, just left, and our regular life started again.

Our first week in Japan was very active, as we tried to meet as many of our friends during our short stay there. Tokyo was crazy hot, but we manage to enjoy our time indoor most of time. We had some concern about Remi’s eating, but going to IZAKAYA (Japanese tapas bars) solved our problem. We could order little simple dishes to cover basics for her to eat, and a lot of times, we could get private rooms. Remi experienced many little celebration to meet up with people, so now she is the expert of KANPAI (cheers), with raising a glass.

I understand Remi won’t remember any of the activities we did, but we did a lot in Japan. Remi visited an amusement park, onsen, a swimming pool, family gravesites, shinkansen, and experienced summer festivals… my town has a big one in August. Roy was just simply happy to walk around and have his daily grilled fish & sake. It was easy to find his favorite food there, and my mom’s meals were some of the highlights of his trip.

We mainly stayed in my hometown, SENDAI. It was my first visit back after the big earthquake in 2011. I saw lots of changes, both large and small, losses and gains. It was an amazing time, and there were also the parts that haven’t changed at all. Its hard to imagine what people who live there experienced, because things seems so normal now.  It made me think when the small earthquake happened, I was the only one freaking out and my mom was calm, who figured out how small it was. Unfortunately, this is something she lives with everyday.

Remi is almost 18 months. She grew a little over the summer, but the big change is in her attitude, because she is not a baby anymore! She picked up a lot of Japanese words, since Nana (my mom) took care of her for almost 3 months. The most frequent word would be “KAWAII”, which is cute, I think she use it for cute things, also things she likes… she hugs stuffed animals and repeats KAWAII in high tone voice. It is very cute.






JR on the Alameda street side, MOCA

We went to LA last week, just to see an art shows call “Art In The Streets” @ MOCA(The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) which ends early next month.

A trip to LA has never come up as option for us, since we both don’t drive. But we recently learned that the Brooklyn Museum canceled their plans of hosting the exhibit, so it may or might not come to NY at all. We also wanted to visit several galleries while we were there, so we researched all of the public transportation options in order to move around. We found a hotel where we can walk to MOCA, and made it happen.

The presentation was great. It’s a massive exhibit of over s100 artists and writers.I liked how those sections were divided by artists and each section had sufficient size.
My favorites were the work by Margaret Kilgallen and SWOON, followed closely by the installation by Barry McGee, Todd James and Steve Powers.

It was totally worth the 12 hour round trip. It will be a shame if it doesn’t travel to NYC. PS1/MoMA, are you listening?

Margaret Kilgallen

An Os Gemeos installation.

Swoon’s tent room.

“Street Market”

LA Metro sign. A part of the “no tagging/graffiti” section.

目的はMOCA( ロサンゼルス現代美術館/The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)で催されていたストリート・アートの展覧会、 “Art In The Streets” です。



行く前に読んだ記事によると、この開催には賛否両論だったようで、周辺住民はこのせいでタギング(個人やグループ名等のマークやサインのよう なもの)やグラフィティが増えて街が汚れるのを嫌がっているとの事でした。(ブルックリン美術館でも同じ様な意見があったのが大きい様です。。。。。この汚いNYでなにを今更、という感じですけど?)ストリートアート自体が常に賛否両論でありつづけて来た事の象徴の様な話です。ぱっと見まわした限りではそれほど多くは見られず、個人的には少々残念な気がしました。4月にオープンした頃はもっと多かったのかもしれません。その後に行ったギャラリーの人の話では美術館側としては近辺の規制や清掃も予算をとって責任を取る上での開催としたそうで、私達は滞在中2回行きましたが、どちらも様々な人種の老若男女が楽しそうに見てました。






Last month, we went to check out Guatemala Rainbow (colorful handcrafted textiles) in Antigua, and other small towns around Lake Atitlan. The highlight of the trip was to try their traditional back strap weaving.
We had a wonderful 2 day class at the textile school Indigo Artes, and learned a lot about the weaving experience. It is very difficult work and something that I hope that people will learn about and enjoy if they take the opportunity to visit. After the class, I felt that there was no way I could bargain down for a better price for textiles in Guatemala!

….And our picture was used on their monthly brochure.

This lamp shade Kapow was a wedding gift from my friend, Julie Jeane.
She had no idea how oddly similar this is to my head dress.

And this is the head dress….Our wedding was at Park Güell, Barcelona, in summer of 2008 (we got married in 2007).

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