Archive for November, 2005

On Sunday I went with Richard and Michelle to Minoh Falls, one of the prime spots for watching the momiji turn red in Autumn. Richard and Michelle had another objective, however, since they’’d been up to Minoh Falls plenty of times already — they wanted to see the monkeys. The Minoh monkeys (or ““saru””) happen […]

I’ve just finished reading Damion Searls’s translation of Ingeborg Bachmann’s Letters to Felician, a series of poems that were unpublished during Bachmann’s lifetime. Like Emily Dickinson’s The Master Letters, these poems are dedicated to an unknown (fictionalized) lover-figure. These are poems of intense longing and imaginative emotionality, at once utopian, erotic, and scored through with […]

After dropping J. off to Taiwan, I took the train down to The Bridge, a musicians’ collective in the Shinsekai area of Osaka, in order to see Niseuo. This second visit to The Bridge has only cemented my conviction that this is a rare and special performance space. I can’t think of too many places […]

autumn in osaka


It’s autumn in Osaka, which means that the temperature is beginning to fall, especially at night. Which means that it’s time for the kerosene heaters. Strangely, Japanese houses (until about the 1990s, apparently) have little or no insulation which means that when the temperature drops outside it drops inside too. Equally strangely, Japanese houses seem […]

Here’s a couple of shots of the sculptural entrance of the Osaka National Museum of Art (国立国際美術館), located directly adjacent to the Osaka Science Museum on Nakanoshima Island. The building was designed by César Pelli (who also designed the Petronas Towers) and, other than the entrance, the entire museum is located underground. J. and I […]

The first exhibit that J. and I saw at the Osaka National Museum of Art was the Reconsidering Mono-ha exhibit. Here’s a bit about Mono-ha from the Osaka National Museum of Art website: Mono-ha was an important trend that should be viewed as a benchmark in Japanese postwar art history, and a movement that continues […]



After viewing the Mono-ha exhibit at the Osaka Museum of National Art, J. and I escalated upstairs to view an exhibit focusing on the works of Ei-Q (瑛九), a Japanese artist who worked in several mediums, though he’s primarily known for his work with the photo-dessin, or photogram. It’s a special treat for me to […]