Sunday, January 29, 2012
When we were in Kyoto we were given tickets to be able to attend the autumn exhibition of the Ikenobo School of Ikebana. What a wonderful experience! On a later visit to Japan we were again able to see their exhibition and on both occasions we were permitted to take photographs.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
If you are ever in Kyoto do take a walk through the Eastern Hills - easy walking and very beautiful, especially in spring and autumn. The Nanzenji Temple is magnificient and from there is the "Phyllosophy Walk" which leads to the Okazaki area and the best antique shops.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Two more images from the Kyoto National Museum. A mid to late Jomon pot and some tomb figures. I would have liked to have handled the pots to feel their weight and balance but that was not possible. Most were behind glass. The tomb figures were very expressive and one would look really great in my garden.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
This is another very old shrine and when I took this photograph it had just celebrated its one thousandth year. It had all been recently re-furbished. The gardens were fabulous with this pond and its round stepping stones. No! That is not Estelle walking across.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
These two pots were photographed in the Kyoto National Museum. If you ask permission it is often possible to photograph pieces in these public collections. The top picture is of an Mid Jomon pot which would be about 5000 years ago. The lower picture is a Later Jomon piece possible made about 3000 years ago
Monday, January 9, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
This wonderful stool was part of Kawai's collection and the small Japanese wheel looked so good against the shoji screen that I couldn't resist photographing it. When we were in Japan we wanted to buy a Japanese type potter's wheel. The salesperson at Shimpo advised us not to as the very dry atmosphere in New Zealand would cause the wood to split. We did, however, purchase an electric Shimpo wheel and de-airing pug mill and later two more Shimpo wheels. They were wonderful!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
If ever you are in Kyoto make sure you visit Kanjiro Kawai's home which is now a museum. There are many wonderful artifacts and his kilns are still there to be seen. Of the many potter's places we visited this was perhaps the most interesting from an historical point of view.