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WIP

These Japanese dolls were displayed near Minolta cameras  in my grandfather’s photo shop. They need some restoration work.

Het ouderlijk huis opruimen is een wrange schattenjacht. Er komen voorwerpen tevoorschijn die herinneringen oproepen aan je kindertijd of waarvan je geen idee hebt waar ze vandaan komen. Of duistere geheimen, maar die ben ik nog niet tegengekomen. Toen ik die poppen zag borrelden er meteen ideeën voor bizarre diorama’s op. Alleen ontbreekt het me aan de tijd op het ogenblik.

Old dolls, not sure where they are from. The heads are made of plastic so not very, very old.

Naast het kladwerk in het atelier van de academie zijn we ook naar de expo van Borremans’ recentste werk gegaan. Ik had nog nooit een schilderij van Borremans in het echt gezien dus het was wel interessant om de ware dimensies van de werken te ‘beleven’. Sommige schilderijen waren veel kleiner dan ik dacht, andere juist veel groter. Er waren taferelen met bebloede peuters die met afgehakte ledematen rondliepen, rappers die vreemde dansjes uitvoeren op miniformaat en ingepakte mensen en hoofden. Een beoordeling ga ik hier niet geven, kijk en oordeel zelf maar. De werken vind je op de website van de Zeno X Gallery.

Door al het bovenstaande was er niet veel tijd om thuis te schilderen dus heb ik veel tekeningen gemaakt en daarbij nog per dag een schets in inkt  voor Inktober, snel en los gemaakt. Het is even wennen. Hier de compositiebestanden, een paar tekeningen zijn naar foto en de rest naar oude schilderijen (de vleesspiezen zijn erbij verzonnen):

En nog een Rudolph in potlood als voorbereidend werk:

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Japan 8: No smorking

Just a selection of amusing texts, mistranslations or the like around Honshu

Spot or stop

In the 7 eleven

Sign near the river

Made me hungry

French poetry in the breakfast room of the Hearton hotel. Almost right

And of course, the notorious Pocari Sweat, which tastes better than it sounds

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Japan 7: Striking

A selection of strange or striking images.

Two-headed taxidermy object in Kobe

Scarecrows in Shirakawa-go

Bocca della Verita the Japanese way, Kobe

Dragon at Takayama

Traditional house, Takayama

Installation near the 21st Century Museum, Kanazawa

Flower in ice, fish market at Kanazawa

Large fish head, fish market, Kanazawa

Postbox in the station of Kanazawa

Shrine at Kanazawa,

Parking garage near the station of Kanazawa

Figurine in a glass bulb, Shibu Onsen

People in traditional clothes doing a tour of the onsens in the pouring rain, Shibu Onsen

Traditional showers and hot tub

The house that was allegedly the inspiration for the bath house in Spirited Away, a well-known animation film

Chicken and clock, Tokyo

Eve picking an apple, Tokyo

One of these strange raccoon figures you see everywhere

And last but not least, the Delirium cafe near our hotel:

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Japan 6: The animals

Feeding time for the cute and fluffy

This is taking too long per village, so the next chapters will be: Animals, Weird stuff and Strange texts.

We saw a lot of animals during our trip, not just in the wild but also in the Osaka aquarium which is very big. See below.

Grumpy reptile

Cute capybara, a big hamster in fact

Ha ha ha… penguins!

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We also encountered snakes at roadsides a couple times:

And crows:

And snow monkeys in Yudanaka’s snow monkey park, where they bathe in the hot springs:

And last but not least: lizards

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Japan 5: Osaka

Osaka was chaotic and loud.

We stayed at the Hearton hotel. The room was ok, the breakfast too but a bit weird as it was a strange mixture of Japanese and Western style food. This was the  first time I ate spaghetti with tomato sauce and chocolate croissants for breakfast,

Osaka by night, river side

Osaka was filled to the brim with Chinese tourists who were there for the tax-free rice cookers and such.

Art in the streets of Osaka, aka beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I was travelling with a man who sighs and looks at his watch after five minutes in any non-electronics shops so most of the shopping I did was window shopping, eg the Angelic Pretty lolita fashion store:

Or the satanist shop, on floor -1 in one of the shopping streets:

Vendor preparing takoyaki, a ball-shaped snack of batter filled with octopus.

We dined at Tako Tako King that evening, a small but very lively café in one of the streets leading to the river. The dish was sort of vegetarian, we managed to explain that it had to be without octopus but it still had the dancing fish shavings on it. But what was underneath was nice and spicy.