Sunday, July 31, 2016

Art in the Park in Sapporo. And about the song Mannatsu no Kajitsu by Southern All Stars and Kuwata Keisuke.


In Sapporo over the weekend, living a #Travelife, we decided to head over to a park to see some art, take a walk and hopefully get more steps clocked in towards my daily goal, and to attend a Sunday jazz festival performance that was open to the public.

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SAPPORO'S OPEN-AIR ART MUSEUM


The park itself reminded me of the Open Air Museum in Hakone, although the artworks in the Sapporo park are mostly by Japanese artists rather than world-famous ones.

ARTWORKS & NATURE


It was very enjoyable to be among the greenery, walking up and down low hills and through shady forests with artworks on display in strategic places or else hidden from obvious view so that they popped out at you when you least expected it.


THE SAPPORO SUMMER JAZZ FESTIVAL

Meanwhile, the Sapporo Summer Jazz festival was very enjoyable. It was really a community effort to make music and to experience it together.

Interestingly the first piece they played was one of my favorite Japanese pieces. It's called "Mannatsu no Kajitsu" by Southern All Stars, sung by its lead singer Kuwata Keisuke, and it's about the memories of summer. 

MEMORIES OF SUMMER
AND MANNATSU NO KAJITSU
BY THE SOUTHERN ALL STARS
& KUWATA KEISUKE


This certainly brought back my own memories of summer a lifetime ago in Tokyo, when the places to be in July and August were the areas of Hayama and Shonan

We would drive down from Tokyo, or stay in someone's beach house in Hayama, which is the most chic beach area near Tokyo, and the highlight of the trip was a long lunch or dinner at a very fashionable (then) Italian restaurant right by the sea.


When you ate at this restaurant, I swear life was perfect. And I remember these times whenever I hear the song "Mannatsu no Kajitsu."

Hearing the song Mannatsu no Kajitsu last Saturday was pretty appropriate, by the way, as life seemed just about perfect on the Travelife Magazine company outing to Hokkaido this long weekend.

Of course, as always, living a #Travelife.

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