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Woodblock prints: Mie

Woodblock prints: Mie


In previous editions I covered my woodblock art in connection with Gifu Prefecture, and we now move to another neighbor of Aichi, the probably lesser-known Mie. The architecture and the region itself are, in many... more

Mie Prefecture… Gone Fishing

Mie Prefecture… Gone Fishing


Continuing my travels in Mie, we leave Ise and to go round the coast past Toba. Thoughts of idyllic bays with hidden beaches can be shattered though if you miss the not-so-well-signposted villages that sometimes... more

Gallery Sawarabi

Gallery Sawarabi


What kind of space do you imagine, when you hear the word gallery? Although it is a space for an artist to exhibit their works, and for us to view said works, it is never... more

Nagoya Art Collaboration

Nagoya Art Collaboration


The interesting thing about being a foreigner in Japan is that you get to see the various mergings, combinations and adaptations that happen when cultures collide. Take your average, reasonably fluent gaijin in Japan. When... more

Romeo and Juliet in Nagoya

Romeo and Juliet in Nagoya


Shall I compare thee to a summer cicada? Yeah. Why the heck not. What other creature spends the majority of its life in the darkness tapping into the roots of plants for its sustenance and... more

Mie Prefecture - Viewpoints

Mie Prefecture - Viewpoints


Our travels continue on a different way back to Ise from Toba, one that follows the coast. This route with its sea views, evolved in the days of travel on foot, and must have been... more

Nagoya Beats: the sound of Nagoya

Nagoya Beats: the sound of Nagoya


It’s a Wednesday, and yet another chilly night on the streets of Nagoya. But despite the cold temperatures I’ve rugged myself up, wearing all my thermal underwear as well as a few extra layers, and... more

Amit Roy: musician extraordinairre


Only the fingers give him away. They constantly strum at his thigh when he is not holding his instrument, and the worn nails look as though they have been playing the sitar for eternity. Amit... more

Nagoya Irish music


Bumphy’s Irish Pub, located in Kakuozan, is home to some fine live music by a veritable plethora of musicians: Tom Bauerle, David Dycus and Gerry Meister are just a few of the local performers that... more

From the band's perspective


Faith does not consist of what the world believes. It consists of what the individual believes, or perhaps more precisely, of what the individual would like to believe. I like to believe that I am a... more

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