Miya Kaneko at The Container Gallery

“In search of the juncture of three coincidental sites,” the latest exhibition by Miya Kaneko, explores her, “…preoccupation with cities and mapping joins personal, historical and cultural recollections to flesh out a collective memory, and to remind us that places are more than a pin on the ubiquitous GPS-controlled digital maps we have grown so accustomed to…”

Currently at The Container, inside Bross Hair Salon halfway between Meguro & Daikanyama Stns in Tokyo, her show will only be available through Aug 26, 2018:

I’ve enjoyed seeing Miya Kaneko’s work since my friend and I first discovered, by accident, her studio in Yokohama back in 2016. She’s always on my ‘must see’ list when I find her showing work somewhere, whether in Japan or Hawai’i.

Different places evoke different results, each of the aluminum plates shown below represent different areas. I was able to see maps she created for places, such as; Kuala Lumpur, Japan, Hawai’i, and more!

The intricate hanging piece is a unique representation of post-war Tokyo:

Some maps are extremely crowded:

Sitting in the Container Gallery, I took photos from the bottom of the 3D map of Tokyo. Then I chose to change the photo into a black & white as it really highlighted the old city street patterns:

In Nakameguro, after the sakura petals have fallen and the ohanami crowds have faded away, the cherry trees continue their seasonal progression. The leaves come out, the hot summer breezes gently dance through the branches, and the semi (cicadas) are incessant.

As I was searching for a typical, large shipping using my, “…ubiquitous GPS-controlled digital map…” I still had a hard time finding the gallery!

It is camouflaged within the Bross hair salon, having been painted white, same as all the walls and other elements within the salon. The personnel at the salon were welcoming so do stop by to check out the work by Miya Kaneko!

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Japanese Woodblock Printmaking

Made my way up to Shinjuku to Keio Plaza Hotel’s Lobby Gallery to see a gorgeous woodblock printing exhibition by some of Japan’s top printmakers. Super excited to see work by my lovely friend Louise Rouse included!

Louise’s pieces are brilliant standouts and her invitation to exhibit exemplifies a great future for a traditional craft.

Louise created her “Ropes, Cords, Bonds” and “Hybrids” pieces using Chine-colle techniques. Per Wikipedia, “Chinecollé is a special technique in printmaking, in which the image is transferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support in the printing process. One purpose is to allow the printmaker to print on a much more delicate surface, such as Japanese paper or linen, which pulls finer details off the plate.”

She is an Adjunct Professor in the art program at Temple University, Japan, and co-teaches workshops with master woodblock carver Motoharu Asaka. This summer they are offering a course to teach the full process of woodblock printmaking from start to finish. Don’t be intimidated, this class is open to beginners. You will become familiar with carving, printing, and paper handling all in the city of Tokyo. This is a great opportunity for an experience holiday in Japan. Their next 4-Day Intensive Course starts August 9:

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Cool off this month with wintery Snowfences by Lori Ono

As you are zipping around the city this sweltering summer month, cool off in Jiyugakoa’s unique Neighborhood & Coffee Starbucks location.

For the month of July, Lori Ono‘s wintery image series, Snowfences, will be on display for you to enjoy. Snowfences is a series of photographs taken during a cold, snowy day in Idaho/Montana area of the US. Lori Ono is a Canadian author, illustrator, and photographer currently living in Tokyo. Definitely, stop by to see her work.

Not in Tokyo this month? Check out her online shop to see her work and order your own Snowfences imagery.

See additional work by Lori Ono: Instagram @loriono_thespendypencil

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Caran d’Arche Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo

What a beautiful shop! The Caran d’Arche Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo has bright new art supplies, all perfectly organized, I had to go! My skills at using these kinds of supplies is still quite new but a friend sat at the materials testing bar and soaked it all in. Watch the short video of her adorable test piece. The shop is a quiet, happy spot amongst the crowded hustle on the Ginza streets. Enjoy the visuals:

I’m still playing at finding the correct NeoColor Aquarelle crayon to water balance with the (7) colors I have at home:

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An Artist’s Day in Tokyo

Spent Saturday running around Tokyo with another artist friend, Spendy Pencil! We had specific errands to complete but enough time for fun inbetween despite not meeting in Harajuku until 3:30 in the afternoon.

Out for a big part of the day and this is the only photo I took!! Love the perpective lines along with the blue/yellow/grey color combination.

I have continued to take macrophotos of my artwork and have a backlog of photos I’d like to see printed up. Spendy Pencil has two shows coming up soon so we started at Pictorico photo shop where we had discovered the perfect papers for each of our completely different styles of photography. We placed our orders and headed out to dinner.

Well, my dinner and her lunchtime, LOL!! A meal of papaya salad, Tom Yum soup, and Thai Iced Tea in Omotesando and we walked on to our next stop.

Sekaido is a 6-floor Mecca for art supplies and a great place to run into other art friends on their own art adventures around the city. It’s also a good place to find frames needed for artwork of any size. Spendy Pencil placed a special order to be completed in 90 minutes and we were off to Clouds Art + Coffee.

Our friend Erica was having a reception for her solo show in Koenji and her amazing illustration work again drew a big crowd that spilled out into the street. Congrats to her!!! I picked up a patch from an image which she drew and her partner, Shishunori, created the embroidered patch. I needed something to make my favorite Uniqlo hoody unique.

Stitched it on this morning, chose not to iron it as I’ll probably want to change it to another clothing item in the future.

Back to Sekaido to pick up Spendy Pencil’s frames and then back home. Spendy Pencil messaged that our art adventures came to almost 13,000 steps, 10 kilometers (6 miles)

Zipping on/off trains, inumerable stairs, and a great Saturday with friends!!

Start your own Tokyo art adventures at Clouds Art + Coffee’s upcoming exhibition all based around the color Green which includes @loriono_thespendypencil 💚📷✅

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Tokyo Collective: Illustrators in Tokyo

Go see the Hajime Show by Tokyo Collective this Sunday, Apr 22 from 10AM – 5PM at NinetyTwo13(Tokyo Chapter), behind Tokyo Midtown on the other side of Hinokicho Park.

Address: Akasaka 9-2-13, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 107-0052 (It’s in a grey building with NinetyTwo13 over the doorway, go to the 2nd Floor)

Many of the artists are also sequential artists so there is a Sequential Art Meeting starting at 7PM in the gallery space on Sunday evening.

Super proud of my friends for their gorgeous illustration work, absolutely beautiful, thought provoking, and so honest in their first experiences in Japan. I saw, felt, and experienced many of the same encounters on my first move here.

Tokyo Collective’s Hajime Show has compiled a high quality Zine containing work by each of the artists, available only at the show for the one coin price of 500yen!

Cover Art by Erica Ward @erica.ward.illustration

\/ Inside Cover Art by Julia Nascimento @ns_julia

\/ Erika Suzuki @suuueri_illust

\/ Tania Vicedo @taniasillustration

\/ Michele Laudig @michelelaudig I really liked the way Michele used layers of materials to complete her work which is difficult for a simple black and white printed to convey. Worth the trip to the gallery on Sunday to see them in person.

The complete list of artists with a mini bio:

I’m looking forward to seeing what Erica does next at the art & fashion show:

Washi and Whetstones

Best place to find a whetstone aka Tokyo Art Adventures w/Mia O – Mokuhanga Artist!

Six of us, all members of Art Byte Critique, set out from our respective homes around the Tokyo Metro area and converged upon the 360+ year old, Ozu Washi paper store in the Nihonbashi area.

We each had our reasons for making this errand; Michelle wanted washi sheets for her contemporary nihonga painting idea. Lori was on a quest to find just the right texture, color, and pattern for her handmade bee-themed mamebon, bean-sized books. Patty, Louise, & Mia O were each looking for paper for their printmaking projects and I was there out of curiosity.

Ozu Washi fits the widest range of washi paper enthusiasts. They inform the tourists, yet showcase their centuries of consistently top quality paper in various forms throughout the other floors with a large room set up as a museum. Lovely displays of amazing art pieces utilizing washi, cones of paper yarns, videos, and classes all in one place!

We each walked out with beautiful sheets of washi that handled each of our widely varying needs. My purchase was a package of five tissue paper thin, buttery soft, all white sheets to create a backdrop for photographing my artwork.

After a delicious lunch of Soba noodles at Takashimaya we made our way to Morihei Knife & Whetstone Shop in the Asakusa-bashi area.

Oguro Sensei brought out his iPad to show us additional information regarding his business; comfortable using modern technology. Some of his offerings are listed on his website, yet many, many more are available in his shop.

Morihei has been around since 1933 and is dedicated to the absolute highest quality whetstones for mokuhanga carving chisels, chyoukin metal etching tools, nigiri sheers, sushi knives, and swords. The variety in each stone was astounding, the color, the grit, the size, all had a unique purpose. Oguro Sensei said many sushi chefs come to Japan to purchase the excellent knives but then need to return to buy a whetstone from him to keep those knives sharp.

Mia & Patty receiving advice and discussing their multitude of choices!

TIP for choosing a good whetstone:

Place a drop of water on the stone; a slowly sinking drop is better and the water stays around to provide lubricant for the item one is sharpening.

If the water drop sinks too quickly, it is a poor quality stone.

Both Patty and Mia needed to purchase a stone for their mokuhanga tools that day and this is what our group, Art Byte Critique, is about, supporting each other so we can each successfully move forward with our own work.

This large whetstone is used to sharpen one’s sword!

Mia O is a Selected Artist at the International Mokuhanga Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Currently her work can be seen at the UH Manoa Art Building Main Gallery. Mia was among a handful of printmakers to be selected for acquisition awards by the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Arts in Public Places!!

Mia will be showing additional work available for purchase in the Chinatown Artists Lofts First Friday Open Studios event room 203 – Ark of the Unicorns Gallery Space

 

Morihei – Knife & Whetstone Shop

111-0053 JAPAN

Taito-Ku, Tokyo

1-28-6 Asakusa-bashi

Approx 2 min walk from either the JR Asakusa-bashi Stn or the Asakusa-bashi Subway Stn