You don’t need to understand Cantonese or be familiar with the stories of Chinese history and mythology from which the dramas of Chinese opera are written to enjoy it. The performance alone is entertainment enough, with their spectacle of colourful costumes and extravagant sets. Before attending the Chinese Opera in Beijing I had heard a lot about the famously unique style of singing used in … Continue reading The Screeching of Chinese Opera
We arrived in Xian after a 17 hour train ride from Chengdu. This super long train ride was not as bad as I expected as we played some card games and I actually had a chance to catch up on my travel writing. Sleeping on the bumpy ride was a bit difficult though, so by the time we arrived in Xian at 5 am we … Continue reading Exploring the mist shrouded Xian City Wall the “easy” way
Cosplay is the big Anime convention in Tokyo. Cosplay, short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction, in this case Japanese Anime. I would not be able to live in Japan and not attend one of these cosplay events. When I arrived at the venue I had to stand in line to … Continue reading Anime Cosplay in Tokyo
Japan is the Land of gods and they are the reason cities and towns pulse with festival excitement. The intense spectacle and traditions of these renowned matsuri draw millions of people each summer. Matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. In Japan, festivals are usually sponsored by a local shrine or temple and the whole community takes part in the festivities. I lived in Higashi-Rinkan, a suburb of … Continue reading Summer festivals and evening parades in Japan
Personally I think that the poet Pablo Nevruda who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 is Chile’s Salvador Dali for his love of art and eccentricity. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language. Pablo lived a very interesting life always traveling around and when in Chile he wasn’t content to live in a “normal” house. … Continue reading The eclectic and alluring La Chascona, house of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Nevruda
Chile has long been the center for radical propaganda painting. As early as 1940 leading Mexican and Chilean artists were painting murals in Chile. Now, Latin American street art is as innovative as any in the world and Chile plays a really big part in this. I was amazed by the amount and quality of graffiti that covered the walls of Santiago. I spent hours … Continue reading Graffiti / Street Art fill the streets of Santiago, Chile
The Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen is presenting two exhibitions in two different venues in Santiago. My first encounter with her art was seeing “Traces”, featured on one of the staircases at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. Here through the display of garments discarded by anonymous people, she redefines this space. “Traces” consists of more than eight hundred and fifty second-hand men’s jackets which … Continue reading Art Museums and Shirt Exhibitions in Santiago
My first two weeks in Santiago I spent a lot of time walking around different neighbourhoods in search of an apartment. This is my first time in Santiago so I really don’t know what to expect from the different neighbourhoods and have loads of fun exploring them. Barrio Brasil is a neighborhood of Santiago, Chile, located to the west of the city center and is known for its … Continue reading Graffiti filled streets of Barrio Brasil in Santiago
I am planning on working and staying in Chile for a while and made the move to Santiago two weeks ago. I booked myself into a hostel, La Chimba right in the center of the city. La Chimba hostel lies in the heart of the Bellavista district surrounded by universities and small restaurants and pubs. It’s a good point to explore the city from and its located … Continue reading Exploring the graffiti covered streets of Santiago, Chile where I have just moved to!!
Roppongi Hills in Tokyo is an expansive shopping and entertainment complex. It is very sleek and modern. I usually stay away from shopping centers but the Mori Art Museum is on the 52nd floor of the 54-story Mori Tower. Completed in 2003 and named for builder Minoru Mori, the tower is the centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills urban development. The building is primarily used for office space, but it also … Continue reading Foggy view of Tokyo from the 53rd floor!
This weeks Photo Challenge is Unique. I traveled to Jerusalem a while ago and there I came across this beautiful “fake grass”. It is GRASS made out of GLASS!!! I have never before seen anything like it and thought it was stunning!! This was inside David’s Tower museum and it was part of a glass art exhibition that was going on inside the museum. New to The … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique
One of my biggest passions in live is doing oil painting and looking at art always inspires me to paint. Moscow is filled with art galleries and museums to visit, too many to count so I started with the famous galleries and am still slowly working my way through them. I think the spectacular State Tretyakov Gallery is an essential destination for all art lovers … Continue reading Art Galleries, churches and amazing things found in Moscow