Monthly Archives: June 2011

Surmounting the summit

I wake up early to go and catch my bus pickup for the Mount Fuji tour.  After days of running around and scheduling it is nice to sit back and be passively led about.  The day started out overcast which … Continue reading

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Present in mind in Kyoto

Monday I wrap-up of my Kyoto visit with a walk up the street to tour the old Imperial Palace.  I manage to get the earlier English-speaking tour which was still small due to the lack of tourists.  As we tour … Continue reading

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Of Shrines and Kimonos

          June 26          I spend the day exploring Kyoto, my art mission being completed and now gestating in my head for future writing.  I headed back to the north-eastern corner of the city where I was the day before … Continue reading

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Vermeer Accomplis

June 25      I wake up early and do some writing before trekking off to the station to take a bullet train to Kyoto.  I’m getting better at figuring out schedules and am even beginning to recognize some of the … Continue reading

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The kindness of strangers

   June 24 Friday As anticipated, the day is a long one as I navigate my way to another city and its suburbs in order to catch my first Vermeer.  I arise at a very early hour and pack up … Continue reading

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In Japan

June 22-23 As the plane dips down towards the airport, I find myself very excited to be here on the next leg of this seemingly crazy endeavor.  Still can’t believe I’m halfway around the world to view three paintings.  After … Continue reading

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East is East

May 2011 I leave the “Japan” decision to mull over the next few weeks as I am pulled back into my own life with overnight changes to my tenuous government contract work, preparing to teach a new class, and an impending … Continue reading

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