Archive for March, 2009


Sakura make me so happy it might make you vom.

March 30, 2009

Spent the day doing this:



And hours drawing these:







Art; Bombs and a quick catchup.

March 29, 2009


Not been up to much – my job has been keeping me busy.

The academic year is ending and next week I get a completely new schedule of classes and students which means I should prepare for crying, awkward silences and probably actually having to lesson plan again.

Damn it.

Other than that – I’ve been thinking about leaving Hiroshima and how difficult it is going to be. For a long time I was counting the days til I could leave – I hated the job, hated the city – was depressed and just wanted to leave. Now…quite the opposite is (of course) the case, as it always is with me. I really enjoy my time here –  waking early, writing, drawing, taking pictures, eating amazing food. It’s fun. Instinctively I know that in December/November – it’s going to be time to leave, but it will be hard to do so.

That’s all.

Last weekend I went tot he Museum of Contemporary Art, here in Hiroshima. It currently features an exhibition focusing on the strange landscapes of Asian Folklore.  A pretty amazing exhibition – I am a starer when it comes to art. I take absolutley ages to get around art galleries. I remember when I saw Guernica in Madrid with my best friend I spent about 45 minutes just staring and staring and luckily he is patient and kind and happy to wander alone but he was begging to go get some water after a while.

The exhibition was good, but one of the exhibits was really poorly displayed. A series of photographs of the sky and birds were just terrible… The lighting meant that each framed print functioned as a mirror…Reflecting a thousand dim images of the room back at me. Maybe it was on purpose – I don’t know but it was bloody frustrating.

So are some screen caps of what is probably my favorite artist, his name is Qui Anxiong.

His short film ‘The New Book of Mountains and Seas’ is based around the inked landscapes, prevalent in Chinese and Japanese art. He however, animates it – water flows, bushes spring up and die and are reborn again.


Into these very traditional images, which seep across the screen,  weird creatures edge awkwardly into shot, injecting the earth with something, putting down roots, sucking something up…


In this dessert shot, scorpions behave like radar …


These strange, mechanised monsters tear across the screen, devouring. Cities build up, collapse and regenerate in 30 seconds


Even though the creature is utterly bizarre and surreal – look at the inked buildings in the background – the style still retains that definite inked Asian-art feel. wonderful.

So if you get a chance – go…





G20; Captialism and fancy dress…

March 29, 2009

Sometimes, just sometimes, when I see things from home I get all misty eyed and … dare I say it… pride wells up from some deep recess…

Like today.

Berlin G20 protests? Clashes with riot police – masked anti-capitalists throwing stones and bottles…


It’s all about the costumes:



Costumes are terribly important when letting the people in charge know that capitalism and the free market economy don’t actually, really, sort of work…so you know, please. Do something about eh?

However, the sheer amount of cardboard, glue and paper that went into this beauty kind of detracts from it’s implicit environmental message.

I just hope he recycles…


Lol…We actually are this happy…virtually 90% of the time…

March 24, 2009

This hilarious video, that refuses to embed needs to be seen by as many people as possible…

Cracking bunch of girls I have in my life, that is for sure.


Hiking, Umeshu and Implied camera envy…

March 23, 2009

Insistent and furious note to self:
You are far too old to stay out til 8 am drinking a fine mixture of Umeshu, vodka and beer.

If you ever see me mixing my drinks…EVER…you have my full permission and in fact encouragement to smack me one in the chops. SO, if you’ve been harbouring secret resentments towards me – you now have the excuse you’ve been waiting for and I will be happy because I won’t wake up with umeshu leaking OUT OF MY EFFING EARS.

It really does make for a terrible, plum-scented mess…

My addiction to hiking continues – Last Friday a group of us went and Hiked Mitaki Yama, also known as Soko Yama.
At the base of the slope a tiny but functioning temple sits nestled between hills lined with graves.

The sheer cliffs are quite remarkable – I know a lot of Japanese people who have spoken about envying what they perceive to be English gardens, but truly – the art of Japanese gardening is also quite spectacular.

Three waterfalls  lie in the valley below the summit and around each is clustered an array of statues, Ojizō-sama mostly – but I swear I saw a Ganesh  in there somewhere…) 

The gardens are tiered – with rough, rock hewn steps leading from one terrace to the next. Giant Pines surround each clearing and Bamboo forests creak in the wind on the ridges up above the gardens.

We got lost – we started following yellow tikets hung from the branches of the bamboo – they were of course, markers of the electricity pylons that cris cross the forest up there – we ended up deep in the soft and muffled silence of the bamboo forests.

At one point Whitney and I were separated from the rest of the group and although we were only a few metres away from them – we could hear nothing, except the cracking of the bamboo in the wind. It was a tad scary and it prompted us to haul ass up the bank ahead of us, yelling out for the rest of our group.

These photos have compressed horribley and my camera…*sigh* does not do justice to the colors and textures in the garden. If you click on them you can view them at my flickr page.






March 20, 2009

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March 16, 2009

All is right with the world.

Spring is sprung.

The weather is perfect – friends are warm and time seems abundent

Not wanting to tempt fate… I feel content, happy and warmhiding

I have taken to lurking in forests…


Mizi chan xoxoxoxoxoox