Plain Talk

TOKYO NOTICE BOARD APRIL 23. 2021

A visit to a wasabi-da by Adriana Stoica

It is getting hotter and hotter in the crowed Tokyo and there is nothing better to do on a weekend than seeking the cool atmosphere of the mountains. And if you combine the hiking with a unique and unforgettable experience, such as visiting a wasabi field around Mitake Mountain, guided by an English speaking volunteer guide, it is more than a double gain.

Not only that the hiking becomes a completely different experience having someone telling the history of the area, the purpose of those rocks collected on the side of river side (I bet you havenft even noticed them), and makes you pay attention to a big spider hanging just right above your head, but you really feel like you are taking part in a real biology class where you can directly touch, smell, taste and closely observe all the varieties of the fruits, leaves, trees, herbs and different insects, getting invaluable knowledge about each plant, calmly explained.

As the guide mentioned in the first 5 minutes, this experience will teach people to see the forest differently. He said: Most of the visitors from Tokyo come to the forest, walk all day and go back home, but they saw nothing, learned nothing. This place has so much to offer. This is why I have become a guide.

The guide gently makes you be aware of what is around you. Everything has a story behind it. No, it is not just a collection of rocks gathered on the riverside, it is actually an abandoned wasabi field, and the rocks represent the wall that protected the wasabi plants from the river flood in the rainy season. You learn to walk with care and start noticing different little miracles: did you know that this tree has white leaves? Now you know. The guide brings a small fruit and explains that those fruits were used in the past to get oil. Instinctively, we tried to taste it. Laughing loudly, he warns us saying that the fruit is not for eating.

Definitely, it is not just a walking in the forest following the leader with the flag and following some basic commands such as now turn left, turn right, let us have a break. Is it a Discovery channel live experience. A whole new world is revealing to the city visitor.

The tourist learns what a charcoal mine looks like and finally, what a real and functional wasabi farm, looks, feels, and tastes like. Yes, tasting also in included in the experience.

After learning about the wasabi plants, you grind the wasabi stem and eat it with fresh beef slices. After the hiking, freshly grinded wasabi paste over the sliced beef and kamameshi (rice and steamed vegetables) becomes the best food ever. You start appreciating the simplicity of the food, in the middle of the nature, listening the calming sound of the flowing water (Did you know that the wasabi plant needs continuous flowing water, even in the winter?). Also, you can understand the effort to protect the wasabi plants during the winter and the reason why the farmers try to get a better price for their crops, by supplying directly to the consumers, instead of supermarkets.

On the way back to the station the landscape looks very familiar and friendly, and you take home the the great experience, knowledge, and, why not ? a few wasabi plants, omiyage for friends. Great experience, highly recommended!


Plain Talk

TOKYO NOTICE BOARD TNB Throwback: MARCH 24. 2017

April 8th is Hachiko Day by Marc Keen

I had the pleasure to visit Ise Sueyoshi in Nishi Azabu for their kaiseki lunch course recently and wanted to share my experience. Ise is a famous city in the Mie prefecture of Japan and is famous for Ise Jingu Shrine (the most famous shrine in all of Japan), as well as its very fresh seafood fare and distinct culture. With seating capacity for just eight people, itfs a very private, intimate dining experience. All of the Ise-inspired course selections consist entirely of farm to table ingredients and selected personally by the owner and chef, Yuuki Tanaka.

Upon arrival, I was greeted by Mari-san, my hostess for the kaiseki experience. Kaiseki is a very traditional, multi-course meal created with Japanese aesthetics in mind, as much as taste. Originally from Kyoto, itfs the highest form of dining in Japan.

Luckily for me, Mari-san provided an English menu explaining all the courses in detail, as well as verbally during the meal. Being able to hear about the tradition and highlights of each dish in English makes it a really entertaining and interesting experience, especially for those with limited Japanese.

The first course is named Ikkon, which means efirst sakef. The sake was very smooth and warm, which was nice since it was a cold day. Next came Hassun, a seasonal appetizer and included many flavors of autumn such as fried taro with crispy rice, ginko nuts, sweet potato dumpling, deep-fried fish, garnished with maple and ginko leaves. A true fall medley!

Following Hassun was Muko-zuke, a sashimi course which included Spanish Mackerel and Turban Shell varieties. I tried them with both the konbu-salt and homemade shoyu. Both were delicious.

Next was Wan, a simmered dish using dashi (fish stock) and seasonal mushrooms. Delicate and aromatic, the scent should be enjoyed before tasting. A most interesting seasonal Tempura course came next and included maitake mushroom and tofu created from corn. It was very light and tasty. Be sure to eat it while itfs hot!

Traditionally served at the end of the meal in Japanese kaiseki, the Meshi (rice) and Tome (soup) course consisted of red miso soup and seasonal rice with sea bream. I especially liked the rice that came in its own clay pot and was very flavorful, yet light. The dessert course, Kan-mi, was a delicious matcha-chocolate fondant, which preceded the final course of traditional matcha green tea. Be sure to eat the sweets completely before enjoying the matcha tea to get the full sweet and bitter balance. It was a great closing to a wonderful culinary experience!

I would particularly recommend Ise Sueyoshi to folks looking for a very intimate and traditional dining experience that is also very English-friendly. Many thanks to Chef Yuuki san and hostess Mari-san for a great kaiseki experience.


Unfinished business

TOKYO NOTICE BOARD MAY 17. 2019

Farewell to a Japan Jazz Icon by David Gregory

The messages from all over Japan read aloud during the service helped us realize how widely Koyama-san touched lives and how many like us were feeling something newly missing from our worlds. But, although wonderful and sometimes saddening us, they did not trigger crying. That happened next.

Those first few notes of the "'Round About Midnight" Miles Davis version, the cut Koyama-san always used to open Jazz Tonight, performed by a live piano and trumpet duo up front near the coffin, did it: Instant recognition, recollections, sighs around the room, eyes closed, arms crossed, heads dropped back or down, and tears, at least for me. How many times had we heard, after Miles breathed his somber opening, Koyama-san's low, raspy voice welcoming us into the studio with, "Minna-san, gokigen ikaga desho-ka everybody, how are you feeling?"?and never thought that someday we would hear him ask about us no more?

Koyama-san's widow, whom, like him, had never known me, stood alone at the coffin head and bowed in silence to everyone in turn after they placed flowers around his body as the duo continued with another slow number, the trumpet sounding so strong and crisp and unusual in a memorial service hall. After we placed our flowers, she responded to my hand on her shoulder, a touch just meant to console her, by immediately turning and reaching for me?a total stranger?burying her head in my chest, and breaking down. She needed that hug that everybody sometimes needs. She let go after her respite when she was ready to face the coffin and everyone else again, and returned to her position. Going to Kashiwa in a snowstorm was worth it just for those few moments when I could do something for her.

So our Kashiwa day was both sad and good. But, why did I even want to go a funeral for a man whom I only knew by voice, and who, although linked to jazz, was not even a musician?

Koyama-san and his Jazz Tonight program I listened to since at least the early 2000s. For more than sixteen years, while my life in Japan has been filled with huge uncertainties, he has been here Saturday nights on the radio, reliable, keeping me connected to the world's music and opening my ears to music from Japan I would not know without him. Listening to him always made me feel good, no matter what had happened in my life during the week or what was coming up in the weeks ahead. Koyama-san and Jazz Tonight were my respite. How well can I replace that comfort?

Koyama-san, thank you for helping this foreigner feel good in Japan. Please rest well in jazz heaven.

NHK Radio, thank you for giving Koyama-san a way to connect with us. Please encourage other DJs to continue doing what he did so well.

To Koyama-san's surviving family members: Please care well for yourselves now, and thank you for supporting and sharing Kiyoshi with us.

 

 

The Smallest Box by David Gregory

She came over to my table and asked if I remembered her.
“That’s my boyfriend over there.”
Their table hugged a pillar blocking the sunny Tokyo Bay view enjoyed by the other customers that afternoon in Chiba’s AquaRink ice skating facility café.
“Maybe we will marry next year.”

On my way out, I stopped to congratulate the potential groom to be. What I later heard happened with Hiromi and Hiroshi that night at another place also close to the bay sounded so too good to be true that I visited that place to confirm it really happened. It did.

Hiroshi had reserved for the course menu that night at OCEAN TABLE, next to Chiba Port, on the second floor, where tables sat by the huge windows facing Chiba Port Tower and Tokyo Bay. No view-blocking pillars there. And they had a wait, even with their reservation, because it was Christmas Eve, which in Japan matters much more than the following day; the Eve is the year’s couples’ night out, and single women without dates that night can feel their whole year was wasted.

Hiroshi had changed into a suit after skating, and had urged Hiromi, against her protests about overdressing, into a plaid one-piece, raising expectations. They had never come to a place this nice, one requiring reservations. Saizeriya was more their speed: fast faux-Italian, cheap, and everywhere.
The unexpected wait made Hiroshi antsy. He relaxed and all was perfect after they were seated.

They talked. They ate the Christmas Dinner courses. They ignored the soft Christmas background music. They admired the gleaming, golden Christmas Tree rising from the first-floor buffet area through the open center space across from their table. They could see outside the sparkling flashes and half the tree in Port Tower’s Christmas Illumination, and beyond, the lights from the ships on and facilities around Tokyo Bay, appearing almost twinkling. Perfect—but not for Hiromi.

She went to the toilet. Still he had not asked. The day was done. The reservation system only allowed them two hours there. They had been together all day. He had remembered her birthday-just by coincidence, also that day-with a necklace at AquaRink. Nice, but was that all? He had pestered her since early December about what Christmas present she wanted until she had finally exploded with, “Nothing! Don’t you know I just want a proposal?!” And had added she wanted it to be a surprise. Here he had the perfect chance, and he was wasting it.

She could try enjoying what was left of the evening. Dessert was next. At least here was better than Saizeriya….She was still stuck when she returned to the table, and had no chance to do or say anything, anyway. It was his toilet turn.

Their desserts came. Hiromi sat and waited and pondered the future. Outside, the tower stood alone against the dark sky and Tokyo Bay’s inky darkness.

Their desserts waited. Maybe his tooth was bothering him again. Maybe he was just tolerating it to make the night go well. Maybe for her. Maybe she should go to check on him. Wait-maybe she just heard his voice across the room.

No, only Santa Claus, posing for photographs with diners at the far table. He then started circling the room, giving a small present from his big sack at each table. She could check after he was done.

Hiroshi still had not returned to his seat when Santa reached their table. He handed Hiromi a big, red stocking, by far the room’s largest gift, accompanied by a squeaky, “Atari! You’re a lucky one!” Yeah. She set it aside and Santa moved on. What was he still doing in the toilet?

Santa finished his round, returned to Hiromi, and pointed at her unopened stocking with squeaky, “Un! Un!” grunts. The other diners had opened their presents. She forced a smile and said she was waiting for her boyfriend to return. “Un! Un!”

When Hiromi still resisted, Santa took the stocking in his white-gloved hands and opened it himself. Out first came a big, pink box, heart shaped. He opened that and pulled out another heart-shaped box, and then, from inside that, another heart-shaped box. Another smaller, heart-shaped box followed. He removed from that an even smaller heart-shaped box, and thrust it to Hiromi with one more squeaky, “Un!”

Still gone. Well, he’d miss it. Hiromi obeyed Santa this time and opened it, the smallest box in the room …and her mind and face went blank.

After that frozen moment passed, Hiromi looked at Santa. The second shock hit, and more followed. Santa Claus had ripped off his gloves, furry hat, sunglasses, and huge, flowing beard. He took the box from her?she was still speechless?dropped onto one knee, held the open box out and up to her in both stretching hands, and said in a voice loud enough for everyone in the room to hear, “Hiromi-san, boku-to kekkon shite kudasai! Hiromi, please marry me!”

Outside, to anybody looking, Port Tower’s Christmas Illumination still flashed, and the lights on and around Tokyo Bay still appeared almost twinkling. Inside OCEAN TABLE, on the second floor, everything was happening so fast that Hiromi just did not know which was more difficult to believe: Hiroshi and the ring he first tried slipping onto the finger on her right hand, the one he had taken in his before she held out her left hand, or the following PAN! and PAN! PAN! PAN! PAN! PAN! and PAN! PAN! and PAN! explosions ripping and ribbons shooting around the room as diners at the floor’s other tables popped the party crackers they had found with the notes in their presents from Santa Claus.

Copyright © 2018 David L. Gregory All rights reserved.

 

I Did It! by David Gregory

She had been here before. But, those were tour-guided or hand-held visits. After living most of her life in white-bread suburban USA, driving everywhere, shopping in giant malls and supermarkets, and needing only one currency and one language, my mother ventured out on her own, within and beyond Chiba, during one trip to Japan. From her notes, here are Dorothy's...

ADVENTURES IN JAPAN
Grocery Shopping in Neighborhood\Walk five blocks...buy only one bag...walk five blocks back. Survived it!

Shopping in City Center\Walk six blocks to bus stop. Ride bus fifteen minutes. Arrive at stores. Walk around. Look. Decide: cookies.

Buying: gIkura desu-ka how much?h Hmm. gKakimasu kudasai write please.h

Paying options: give large bill, let clerk figure change, or open change purse, let clerk take out correct amount. Decide to just give some cash.

Clerk shakes her head (gNO! MORE!h), then counts out correct amount needed from register and shows me. I mimic her action from my change purse. Smiles! Deep bows with many, gArigato gozaimasu thank you very much!h-es.
(My error: thought there was decimal point in Yen price....)

Open cookies, expecting pirouettes with chocolate centers. Instead, peanut butter waffle rolls, no chocolate. No wonder, now I see peanut sketch on package. gShoganai canft be changed,h I did it to myself. It could have been worse!
~~~
Travelling to Visit Friendfs Family on Other Side of Chiba\Walk ten blocks to train. Purchase ticket. Electronic lady on ticket machine screen says, gArigato gozaimasuh and bows. Ride train twenty minutes, watching for correct stop, get off, walk seven blocks to house. I did it myself!

Visiting Hisae Overnight\My Japanese study partner in USA returned to Japan, now lives on other side of Tokyo Bay.

Take large purse and large tote bag with jacket, nightie, toothbrush, cosmetics. Walk six blocks to bus stop. Ride bus to train station. Ride train eighty minutes to Yokohama. Find correct exit from station. EASY. Did not even look at note in pocket explaining route and Japanese signs. And, look! Hisae and three-year old Kei are waiting! gHello!h they say! Many hugs!

I did it!

Then, still more travel: train together fifteen minutes, short taxi uphill to lovely apartment, sunny and bright.

Returning to Chiba, just reverse process. Next time, we can meet at a station halfway in between. I can do it.
I can do it!

Copyright (C) 2015 David Gregory. All rights reserved. Chiba, Japan

Book Review

TOKYO NOTICE BOARD MAY 11 2018

Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunami by Rey Ventura
Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2014,
291 pp, USD34.00 www.ateneo.edu/ateneopress

Reviewed by Randy Swank

video maker and scriptwriter Rey Ventura won the 2015 National Book Award for his third collection of essays, Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunami, but for some strange twist of fate you will find very little information on this book. You canft even buy it on Amazon. This is a shame because Cherry Blossoms... is a beautiful, insightful and thought-provoking book.

These 11 essays, some of them autobiographical, see Ventura travelling back and forth between the Philippines and Japan, his adopted country, often portraying the many ways Filipino lives have been shaped and affected by their rich quasi-neighbor. Like in "A Suitable Donor," where the young men who live in the Manila slum of Banseco tell of how they came to "donate" a kidney or another organ to help a rich person in need | often from Japan.

Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunami
by Rey Ventura
Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2014, 291 pp, USD34.00 www.ateneo.edu/ateneopress

In "Miniskirts and Stilettos" we meet Ginto, a young lady who comes to Japan dreaming of making it big as a singer and entertainer but has to deal instead with a much darker reality; while "Mr. Suzuki Tries Again" and "Into the Snow Country" are tragicomic tales of arranged marriages where the dreams and expectations of bride-starved farmers from Japan's Deep North clash with those of young Filipino women who want to escape their poverty and go into marriage "as a girl goes into a convent." Ventura tells these stories with a great eye for detail and manages to find a ray of light even in the darkest corners, or poetry in the midst of a nuclear disaster.

The book's first essay is called "The Slow Boat to Manila" and indeed, slowness is the first word that comes to mind when considering Ventura's approach to writing. Everything Ventura does is slow. He is no magazine reporter after all, and will spend days or even months getting to know a person he wants to write about. That's the kind of personal commitment and deep connection with his subject that one feels when reading his essays.

 


Tokyo Fab

TOKYO NOTICE BOARD APRIL 23. 2021

AFRICAN-- AMERICAN CARIBBEAN GOLDEN WEEK FOOD FESTA IN JAPAN 2021

Delicious food and drink
- beer
- market
- stage & live music - dance show
- salsa show
- samba brasil
- african drum
- hair making corner - coffee market
- fashion show will take place on this day. All age of people can enjoy and exciting in this Event, so everyone is invited!

*Please refrain from bringing food and drinks to the venue,There will be Delicious food and drinks


DateFMay 1st - 5th
Venue: Shinjuku Cine city Square 11:00 - 21:00

https://m.facebook.com/events/145775214020553?paipv=0

 

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Wellness has always been an important issue for many of us. COVID19 has resulted in more and more people staying home and gyms/yoga studios closing down. Mix Pose want to better the experience of live stream exercising as well as tackle the growing problem of loneliness. They are devoted to developing a yoga community and improving health, all while in the comfort of your home, offering many free yoga and online yoga classes from wonderful online yoga instructors available multiple times a day. All ages and levels of experience are welcomed to join!


DateFAlmost everyday via online
Venue: Komatsu City in Ishikawa Pref.

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Whatfs App With You?

TOKYO NOTICE BOARD APRIL 23. 2021

Tortoise:

Tortoise is an interesting and exciting new addition to the world of App Store news apps. Itfs not a news aggregator | we already have a ton of those, most notably Apple News. And it isnft a breaking news app either. Instead, Tortoise is a news service dedicated to offering careful analyses on the issues that shape our lives and world. We live in a world of breaking news, but we donft have to ride the wave if we donft want to. Tortoise specializes in slower, deep dives on news subjects that attempt to find all the facts and lay them in front of you. No more knee-jerk reactions; Tortoise is here to make sure you have a calm, considered view of the world. So forget the constant news alerts and settle down with some long-read investigations, or one of Tortoisefs live editorial ThinkIn events. Itfs free for 30 days, but itfll cost you $10 a month after that.

 

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You love to discover, navigate and record new bike routes? No matter if you're riding a mountain bike, cross bike, e-bike or road bike - the free Bikemap app helps you navigate the latest and greatest cycling paths and inspires you with over 7 million routes worldwide - voice navigation included. Bikemap assists you on all of your cycling adventures!
Cycling is a great way to get around, and Bikemap is one of the best ways to make sure youfll get where you want to go. Bikemap has 6 million cycling routes from around the world, can change your route depending on your bike, and even has automatic fall detection \ so if you fall, a nearby cyclist may notice and swing by to help you up and make sure youfre OK. A great app for cyclists all around the world.

 

Tokyo Voice Column

TOKYO NOTICE BOARD TNB Throwback: APRIL 14. 2017

Springtime in Tokyo, Time to Stretch Your Legs by Lorne Fetzek

Tokyo winters can seem unbearably long. In fact, compared to other parts of Japan, winter in the city is comparably mild, but, as the days pass, and temperatures never seem to rise, denizens of the great metropolis seek shelter in the warmth of the subways and innumerable bars and restaurants that pepper virtually every neighborhood.

All of us dreaming of one thing, the first hints of spring that will allow us to shed our heavy coats and scarfs and allow us to once again enjoy the suns full warmth.

Some of us may have also gained a few kilograms during the long winter period of relative activity. For those of you looking for any excuse to shake the winter blues, I have a suggestion. Walk!

Despite still being the worldfs largest metro area, the city center of Tokyo is surprisingly compact. So, like the Japanese do, use Nihonbashi ({) as a starting point, and start walking to enjoy this beautiful city. A 1/2 to 1 hour walk in any direction will serve as a personal challenge and also an opportunity for discovery.

While the physical benefits of a nice walk in early spring might seem obvious, there are also some practical merits.

For starters, if youfre newly arrived and donft know your adopted city yet very well, therefs no substitute for a good walk to get to know the surroundings in a way thatfs just not possible if your underground, or in a car or taxi. Walking gives you the gfeelh of the neighborhood and youfre virtually guaranteed to remember the neighborhood better if you walk it than if youfve simply driven through and especially if youfve only emerged from a subway exit!

The second major benefit is discovery. I suggest that you give yourself some extra time, and as you are walking from point A to point B, take the opportunity to check out along your stroll the many shops, bars, restaurants, and other establishments along the way. And, as you go, keep a list of the places youfd like to come back to! On a recent 1 hour trek from Nihonbashi to Toranomon (Ճm), I listed 15 places, all restaurants, actually, that I want to come back and try. Once youfve got your list, once you get home, do a deeper dive by checking the websites of the places you listed for more information.

Youfll be an expert on Tokyofs neighborhoods in no time!
Spring is here! Make it count!! And, happy trails to you!


MUSEUM -What's Going on?-

TOKYO NOTICE BOARD APRIL 23. 2021

Commemorating the 150th Year since his Birth Mondrian:
In Search of Pure Pictures


A true master of modern art, Piet Mondrian was a risk-taker whose bold, fearless choices allowed him to become one of the most recognized artists of the 20th century. His abstract paintings in red, yellow, and blue rely on lines and geometry to make a statement and are a far cry from the conservative Dutch art scene he came of age in. So what pushed Mondrian to break boundaries and shake up the art world?
Piet Mondrian, original name Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, a painter who was an important leader in the development of modern abstract art and a major exponent of the Dutch abstract art movement known as De Stijl (gThe Styleh). In his mature paintings, Mondrian used the simplest combinations of straight lines, right angles, primary colors, and black, white, and gray. The resulting works possess an extreme formal purity that embodies the artistfs spiritual belief in a harmonious cosmos.

sComposition with large red plane,
yellow, black, gray and bluet
1921 Kunstmuseum Den Haag Piet Mondrian

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Piet Mondrian, the exhibition will be exhibiting 50 works by Mondrian from Kunstmuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands, and around 20 other Mondrian and related works owned by domestic and overseas art museums. Mondrianfs works are diverse, including Hague-style landscape paintings from the early century, works devoted to symbolism and theosophy, works influenced by cubism, and compositions of horizontal and vertical primary colors from the later years of his life. Mondrianfs geometrical painting compositions continue to provide inspiration in the fields of design and fashion and cause people to re-examine the breadth of Mondrianfs artwork.
Mondrian described his philosophy as the following: gThis new plastic idea will ignore the particulars of appearancecon the contrary, it should find its expression in the abstraction of form and color, that is to say, in the straight line and the clearly defined primary color.h

Period: - June 06 (Sun), 2021
Venue: Sompo Museum of Art
Hours: 10:00-18:00
(last admission 30 minutes before? closing)
Closed: Mondays (*open if it is a holiday)
Admission: General: 1,700 / University and college students: 300 / Under age 18 Free
By advance reservation only

For more information, please visit

https://www.sompo-museum.org/en/

 

gPicasso: Life on the Co^te dfAzurh

Between the years of 1946 and 1973, Pablo Picasso created a breathtaking collection of original ceramic works. But how did Picasso\best known for his paintings\first become interested in ceramics? And how does his pottery fit into his larger body of work? Join us for this brief history of Picasso ceramics, the results of a truly remarkable period in the life of one of the 20th-century greatest artists.
After World War II my father explored the full potential of working in pottery, including the different techniques of painting with slips and glazes. Over a period of some twenty years, he modeled, shaped, designed, decorated, engraved and carved over 3,500 fired clay objects. The great invention and originality of this large body of work have established his importance in the development of 20th-century art pottery. \Claude Picasso, From gPicasso: Painter and Sculptor in Clay,h Royal Academy of Arts, 1998.

PABLO PICASSO
"Vase Tripode Visage de Femme A.R.125"
1951, CeLramique
(C) - Succession Pablo Picasso - BCF (JAPAN)

Picasso was intrigued at how quickly and inexpensively he could create these new ceramic works. In an era when only the wealthy could afford his paintings and sculptures, Picasso welcomed the notion that his pottery and ceramics could potentially be owned by everyday people in the post-war world. Picasso also loved the idea of his ceramic works being both aesthetically pleasing and functional\he frequently gifted his pots, plates, pitchers, and bowls to friends and family members.
This exhibition will showcase his passion for ceramics introducing his ceramic works and their background as well as explores the changes in Picassofs daily life and the innovations that his ceramics brought about in relation to his time.

 

Period: - September 26 (Sun), 2021
Venue: YOKU MOKU Museum
Hours: 10:00-17:00 / -20:00 on Fridays (last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays (*If Monday is a national holiday, Monday will be opened and Tuesday will be closed. )
Admission: General: 1,200 / Students: 800 / Elementary School Students and YoungerFFree

For more information, please visit

https://yokumokumuseum.com/


Strange but True

TOKYO NOTICE BOARD APRIL 23. 2021

Headless Beast!!

Animal welfare officials were called to reports of a "mysterious headless beast" hanging in a tree but were instead met with a breakfast menu item. A local resident called the Krakow Animal Welfare Society and reported the mysterious figure to authorities. The concerned resident reportedly said the unidentified 'beast' was brown and sitting in a tree, before adding that the "dangerous creature" had been lurking outside for two days. The unnamed resident said in her report that she believed that the figure in question was an iguana. The iguana theory was quickly disproven by officials as the weather in Poland is too cold for reptiles to survive outside. Officials then wondered if the unidentified 'animal' was a lost pet that had wandered off due to boredom. After taking the call, the team arranged a visit and when the animal welfare officials arrived, they discovered that the scary animal was in fact a croissant. The buttery crescent-shaped pastry was not the threat that residents had expected.

Be Aware of Snakes!

A teenage girl was horrified to discover a venomous snake hiding inside her asthma inhaler. The teen was bringing in her washing yesterday at her home in Bli Bli, Queensland, Australia, when she spotted the red-bellied black snake slither out of the clothes she had just brought inside. She wasnft sure exactly where it had ended up until she noticed it curled up inside the open top of her blue inhaler. Fortunately, the girl called a team of snake catchers, who managed to safely capture the reptile and rehome it. Red-bellied snakes are native to eastern Australia and are commonly found in forests, swamps and some urban areas. They usually grow up to two metres long and eat mainly frogs, other reptiles, small mammals and fish.

 

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