Friday, September 5, 2014

Visiting an artist's studio in Tokyo to see some beautiful hand painted screens



In Tokyo with visiting friends this week, living a Travelife, we explored many places that are off the usual tourist beaten track.

Most of them have been to Tokyo so many times that they've lost count. But they joined me for a week to experience Japan the Travelife way.



Among many other places, I took them to see the old neighbourhoods of Tokyo that were untouched by the bombings of the war.

There were few tourists and everyone was quite charmed by this very different side of Tokyo.

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A STUDIO IN DOWNTOWN TOKYO

In one of these charming neighbourhoods is the studio of an artist, located in a very old wooden house.

It's the kind of place you either know about, or you will miss it completely, in this nondescript street of turn-of-last-century homes and temples.


This artist creates beautiful screens, scrolls and fans using very traditional Japanese techniques and materials

He makes his own paints and glues using plants and animal parts, so it's the really old and slow way.



VIBRANT COLORS
AND LOVELY DESIGNS

The result is seen in his works, which are full of vibrant colours with a depth that is not attainable via commercial paints or chemical paints.

The paints on his works also last forever since these are not chemical pigments but natural pigments.



BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECES

Apart from the techniques he uses, of course everyone was enamoured by his works.

They're not very cheap.

But a couple of the ladies I was with were getting measurements and considering some of his works for their homes in various parts of the world.


ONE LOVELY SCREEN FOR ME.
MAYBE.

Even I thought one large screen would go particularly well with my wall in Tokyo, as it was of the same colour scheme.

I also thought it would be nice to get a statement piece as I've just overhauled my home and streamlined everything, throwing almost 70% of the stuff in my house for a pretty minimalist feel.

A whole new look and lots more space for new things in my life.



THINKING ABOUT IT FOR A FEW WEEKS

So I decided to think about it and revisit this artwork when I'm back in Japan again in a few weeks.

Yes, I'm going halfway around the world and doing a couple of trips from now.

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But in a few weeks I'm back again in Tokyo to host two other groups of friends coming over for holidays.

And on my next trip to Japan, I've even decided to do a mini-break somewhere cold and beautiful, on just another wonderful holiday in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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