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Art Galleries

22 Feb

Today I did my own thing and went to check out some of the art galleries in Osaka.
My first stop for the day was the National Museum of Art, Osaka.
They had 2 exhibions on while I was there,  their collection and one called What We See.
I really enjoyed their collection.  They had done great works by artists that I knew of as well as a few that were new to me that I noted down to research later.
One that I was a bit surprised to see was Marcel Duchamp’s work L.H.O.O.Q. I’ve only ever seen it in text books.  It was quite funny to see the Mona Lisa with a moustache even if it was only in pencil on this version.
They also had Andy Warhol’s portfolio Marilyn prints, a George Segal sculpture,  Wolfgang Tillmans, Roy Lichenstein and many more!

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The second place I visited was the National Bunraku Theater of Japan.  There were no shows in but I did get to see a very interesting exhibion. Bunraku is one of Japan’s  representative traditional performing arts,  designated as a World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO in 2003. It is a closely collaborative form which synchronises narrative recitation, shamisen music and puppetry in one performance.

After this exhibion I went in search of a post office as I had some postcards I needed to send. It seems that post offices are either rare of well hidden in Japan! I searched for an hour and a half and even asked a few people but still couldn’t find what I was looking for.
I then have up and stated walking back to the train station and ta-da! right in front of me was the post office!

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So I posted of my postcards which people will probably get after I get back to Australia and headed off to try and find the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum.
The museum turned out to be pretty easy to find which was great because it was getting late.
I viewed a “exclusive premiere exhibion of Osaka prints fun the edo era” which were all amazing.
We recently had a Ukiyoe exhibion at the art gallery I work at so I was familiar with the idea.
Originally, prints represented (all male) Kabuki actors that were much appreciated by female audiences. Edo (today’s Tokyo) was the cradle of Ukiyoe prints,  nevertheless, Kamigata (today’s Osaka) was also a very industrious and creative area.  Where Edo represented style and elegance,  Kamigata stood for delicacy and a sense of humour, sometimes almost caractured, showing a desire to render the actor’s personality.

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After a day full of Art I grabbed some dinner from a place called Italian Tomato (since tomatoes are my favourite food it seemed perfect) and then headed back to bonsai guesthouse.

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Back at Bonsai Guesthouse I had a shower and got ready for bed and was hoping to talk to my boyfriend but the Internet was being terrible. After playing around with it for a while trying to get it to work I went upstairs to the common room to get some tea.  To my surprise I was doing into a farewell party for a Korean girl named Kim who I think worked at the guesthouse.  There were a lot of people there and I was in my pajamas.  They insisted that I sit with them and have some cake and a drink. I sat down next to a Japanese girl named Nami and talked to her for a long time.  She kept telling me that I was kawaii, she was lovely! She asked me if I have a boyfriend so I showed her a picture and she said that he was handsome. I asked her if she had one and she told me no,  she was not popular with the boys which surprised me because she was pretty.
Anyway,  I met many other people as well,  some staying at the guest house and others just party guests.
I met two guys from Chilli (their names were difficult to remember), two girls from Germany (Charlotte and another name that I had not heard of before), Daffyd from Wales who lives in Spain, many lovely Japanese people and one guy from the states.
It turned out to be a fun night.  I got to bed at about 1.00 as I knew I had to check out in the morning.