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Tokyo’s Suginami Animation Museum

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in All posts, Japan | 0 comments

We are in Japan, the mother of manga and anime, consequently a visit to Suginami Animation Museum in Tokyo is a must do. And a lot of fun for adult kids like us.   Location: 3-29-5 Kamiogi Siginami-ku, Tokyo /www.sam.or.jp/ Admission: free!   A classy building. Marble and Manga.   The museum also features a theatre screening anime classics and the anime library with a large collection of visual and printed material.   Greeted by new releases in the anime world.   The Suginami souvenir stamp was our first stop. Stamps are a such a neat memento. Most major sights have a stamp station in Japan.   Right at the entrance, probably the most popular giant robot – Gundam. He is definitely the hugest action figure I have ever seen, standing tall on Tokyo’s reclaimed island and jaw dropping...

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Secrets to Longevity: Ikebana and Dharuma at Sojiji temple

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in All posts, Japan | 0 comments

Japan is the global leader of life expectancy rankings. People look young, their lifestyles are active, their diets healthy. Meeting an artist at the Ikebana exhibition and talking to a monk at Sojiji castle gave me an insight to how Japanese people achieve longevity without stress, satisfaction without pills and long lasting beauty without botox. While you enjoy the pictures, taking in a healthy dose of tranquillity, I will report about the temple, share Japan’s longevity secrets, explain why Ikebana apparently helps and introduce Dharuma to you. SOJIJI TEMPLE: 2-1 Tsurumi, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 230-8686, Japan, www.sojiji.jp   We were invited to Sojiji temple by our hosts who rent out their house to us in Tokyo.   It was the 30th of March 2013 and we were lucky to still see some Sakura, which came very early this year....

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Art Nouveau & Sushi in Tokyo with Alfphonse Mucha & Takumi

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in All posts, Japan | 0 comments

On day two of the weekend fun with our Japanese friend Takumi, we decided to take it slow. After day one of jolly sightseeing in Tokyo we had worn down our shoe soles. We started off with a good breakfast. The kind that mixes European habits with Japanese food which we had gotten used to prepare in our humble home in Tokyo. Takumi liked it or was being very nice. Did you notice how we have knives and forks while Takumi is just using chopsticks for everything. Japanese people can eat soup with chopsticks. So I have heard.   Due to strong winds (I am describing weather conditions) our neighbour provided us with masks. On that Sunday afternoon it wasn’t just tremendously windy but the sky was turning into yellow-orangy shades and our eyes were hit by sand corns....

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Digital_ia festival @ 13muz, Elefunk and Pani Pawlosky

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in All posts, Poland | 0 comments

Szczecin is spreading its cultural wings, creating more platforms for the young and talented, drawing the crowds with unique exhibitions and events. One place dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art is 13 muz (the 13 muses), a gorgeous building that has housed endless cultural venues and recently opened a hip club in its souterrain, called Elefunk.   13 muz  made room for the digital_ia bio_kinetic_tech_art festival for four days from the 25.-27.01.2013 – to present the concept of digital art. And I was curious to see what was going on. Let me show you: Interactive junior space. Kids (and adults pretending to be kids) could form and play with digital images.   Inside the box by Bartosz Wojcicki. Interactive installation allowing you to create kaleidoscopic mirror images.   Digital sound. Various cool concerts playing seductive electro-pop on the...

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Free Blues and Black Meadow

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in All posts, Poland | 0 comments

Blogging has been going slow lately and Szczecin is to blame. A smallish Polish town close to the German border. Suffering from major cultural competition from adjacent Berlin on the German side and striving Poznan in the country, Szczecin is steadily forming its own artistic footprint. Sandwiched in between major hangovers and chronic lack of sleep, I am going to give you a glimpse of what awaits once you enter the town where I was born and which I left at a wee age of three years, coming back drawn by the magic of nostalgia. Szczecin is giving birth to new cafés, restaurants and clubs. Its beautiful centre with old buildings resembling old Parisian houses lining huge avenues is going through a revival of redecoration and restoration. In the midst of established places you will come across new locations...

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shopping@ruin bar, great market, slow design week, art nouveau house

Posted by on Oct 14, 2012 in All posts, Hungary | 0 comments

Budapest is my dream capital come true. It has style. It has global-modern flair, yet isn’t a clone of repetitive European stores. It is fresh, individual and avant-garde, showing off a free spirited atmosphere, wonderfully framed by historical buildings. Just by walking through the city, you will breath in trends, fashion and mania. Add the overall tourist friendly pricing and Budapest will be on your must-do-before-I-die-list. Budapest has shops of the world-known brands, which are mainly to be found in malls, Vörösmarty square, Fashion Street and Andrássy Avenue. But that is not why you are going to Budapest. You are going to get a richer piece of the shopping capital by looking out for trendy showrooms, designer and vintage stores with creaky floors, markets and next-generation pop-up places. You will go crazy seeing what Budapest has to offer –...

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Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts – Go Drama Go!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in All posts, Hungary | 0 comments

Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts is about art, in a fine way. With a large selection of famous artists and a small selection of ‘in-famous’ artists. What I encountered, while walking the majestic halls, is that once you enter, wonderful DRAMA awaits. And numerous depictions of AFFAIRS between men and women, showing amazing age differences.   Maybe most of all, it was here I realized, that 1. I do appreciate the sophisticated side of life as much as 2. I am into hijinks and live enjoyment AND luckily, 3. the two actually combine well at museums. My dear, sophisticated readers, I assume, you would come to the Museum of Fine Arts for the ART. To deepen your knowledge about the consecutive periods styles from trecento during the early renaissance to mannerism. You read books the size of my dusty...

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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr 5. Oslo’s National Gallery

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

The craziest thing about the National Gallery in Oslo was Munch’s Madonna painting on the grey wall in exhibition hall ‘T’, hanging next to The Scream. I visited the Munch’s Museet in great expectation to see The Madonna THERE. It wasn’t there. Instead, Munch’s finest selection is right here, at the National Gallery. That’s actually more annoying than crazy, you’re right. There is no way to miss The Madonna at the National Gallery, who rests behind thick acrylic glass. The Scream and The Madonna are the only paintings behind a safety cover in the gallery. Despite those precautions I was captured by Madonna’s beauty and drama. That image is from Wikipedia. No picture taking allowed in room ‘T’. I refrained from Ninja photography, after Tomek gave me that disapproving look you give kids asking for wall painting in the...

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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr 2. Oslo’s Sculpture Park

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

You like kids, right? I do, too. I am not sure though if Gustav Vigeland did. That’s the second most famous Norwegian artist you should know after Munch. Vigeland depicted children in disturbing poses. But not solely. Vigeland was a very passionate and productive artist. He did sculpture figures of children but also of women and men, naturally naked and in all positions I could possible imagine. Vigeland was so efficient that he got some major space in Oslo’s Frogner Park, in order to design a whole sculpture open air gallery. So he did. Vigeland was the sole artist of Oslo’s sculpture masterpiece and his sculpture arrangement a lifetime commitment, which he started in 1906 and worked on until his death in 1943. The park houses about 200 statues and has an Art Deco architectural touch, so you can...

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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr 7. Munch Museet in Oslo

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

The Munch Museet is a pleasurable distraction, if you cherish fin de siecle drama on canvas, like my dedicated self. Munch, the Norwegian artist, definitely had some psychological issues, which he transformed into impressive-distressing colour choices  and composition. Femme fatale, seductive and mysterious, tragic beauties, well captured in moments of contemplation and various states of disturbance, despair and expressive positions.   The Munch Museet.   I saw Munch’s ‘Scream’ and was impressed by the intensity of the layered sky painted mainly with the colour of blood, and the protruding fetal face expressing serious anxiety. Munch was intrigued by the dominant sky above the fjord, and symptomatic for his illness heard some kind of a scream from nature, which he visualised in his most famous painting. Public favourite and Munch’s darling, the red haired lover.   Here is a detail...

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Extraordinary souvenirs from Koh Samui

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 2 comments

When walking Chaweng or Lamai road all touristy shops look the same with a repetitive range of T-shirts, sunglasses, flip flops and typical beach front souvenir dullness. Living out off our suitcases as perpetual travellers since February 2012, with our home sold and no permanent residency, souvenir buys are not what we’re after but a fun thing to check out in foreign countries. After making an impulse shopping purchase in Japan I will be carrying that irresistible Kokeshi souvenir with me until I might decide to send it off to my parents to Germany spending more on shipping than I did on my wooden treasure :) But the curse and joy of perpetual travelling is that you get to see things and find souvenirs that are unique and amazing, which gradually makes me improve my willpower to reduce consumption....

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Walking Tolkiens trails at Tanim Magic Garden

Posted by on Jun 16, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

On the one side Koh Samui is an island of sun worshippers and bar hoppers occupying touristy Chaweng and Lamai beaches. On the other side it is the island of magic and mystery.  You know all about the island’s mystery by now – this time I am going to bring you magic. Today we visited Tanim Magic Garden hidden deep in the island’s hills. We got there pretty late, the sun was going down, the ticket booth had already closed, there was not a soul around. However, the tiny entrance gate stood open and drew us in as if by magic :) Going down the steep steps we proceeded further down the hill until only little light shed through thickening shrubbery and tree crowns. Happy, smiling and ready to embrace any adventure, we came to a narrow stream that...

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Island of LOVE

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

If you feel madly in love, encounter butterflies in your stomach and ongoing enchantment produces a bright smile on your face, then chances are that you are on the island of Koh Samui. Looking out from the hotel terrace I can see the young and beautiful celebrating their bodies, sunbathing and sea dipping at dreamy silver beach. With water as clear as crystal, wide bays with hot white sand, juicy coconuts, couples enjoying shady palm spots, tattooed torsos emitting manly testosterone, taint beauties lolling on the beach, there is a lot of  Eros in the air. Koh Samui fits you with pink glasses to see an amorous world whenever you are ready to receive its gift of  love enormous genitals.  It so happens that nature has shaped the rocky shores of Koh Samui into depictions of what locals call...

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Singapore – on arts and festivals

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in All posts, Singapore | 0 comments

During our stay we were lucky to see the city transform into the Singapore Flipside Arts Festival 2012 with many free performances scattered along Singapore’s most prominent spots. With a variety of events we decided to enjoy the show of Roda Mon at Marina Bay, the ultra modern waterfront promenade. Two inventive and talented guys from Spain presented lively and hilarious acrobatics, comedy, musical violin & drum acts without words. It reminded me a bit of the pantomiming Australian ‘Umbilical Brothers’ with slightly more show accessories and slightly less imagination needed on the audience’s part, presenting an equally attractive show. I was laughing my pants off and was thankfully not picked for interaction on stage like at the NANTA show in Bangkok, this time picking my seat wisely at the very end of the open air amphi theatre. Predictably...

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NANTA cooking rhythms

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in All posts, Thailand, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

What a show! Everything that gets me going – without words! – combined in one performance and called Cookin’ NANTA. A nonverbal Korean comedy musical captivating with fast beats, infectious rhythms, dance acts and acrobatics all set in a kitchen with four cooks and one manager creating all the action using kitchen utensils as drums and their bodies for sound and motion. The comedy drama begins when a bad tempered manager appears in the kitchen telling the cooks to prepare a wedding feast to be ready in one hour’s time, additionally introducing his unexperienced nephew as the head cook. Speed and agility find its way through rhythmical chopping of veggies and transforming pots, pans and plates into drums to cook up a cacophony of sounds and beats. Really a lot of fun to watch. In NANTA’s brochure we can...

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Fun at the Bangkok art and culture centre

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

We visited this building to escape and cool off from the tropic temperatures walking through busy and hot Bangkok during the day. A few days before a very big black female torso and over dimensional bin with colorful litter scattered around caught our eyes but we just imaged it to be city decoration in front of another huge mall. As it turned out, we stumbled upon the art and culture centre, where we spent some time with Thai and international contemporary art as well as fun interactive art and an exhibition about the ongoing problem of HIV. I liked the photo exhibition of Philippe Ramette best, where perspective is turned upside down and still looks convincingly real and absolutely possible. Look at the pictures and see for yourself. The building is intriguing with two huge female statues reminding of...

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