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Aaahht!

I have now been in Japan for more than seven months. It occurred to me a number of days ago that in those seven months I have done lots of things. One major omission, though, was any sort of exposure to art. Not that I am some sort of art junky, but in order to be a civilized human being I think at times one needs to experience the beautiful creations of others. In that vain, my friend Judy and I decided to check out the Oita city art museum on a sunny Saturday in May (aka last Saturday.)

We met up around noon and after grabbing some bread from the local bakery (just bread never used to be a lunch, but when you’re in Japan and your bread intake is scarce, you take it when you can get it!) we walked down to the museum, which is located on a beautiful little hill about a 15 minute walk from the station. There is a whole park attached to the museum, and it was quite a pleasant little stroll up the hill. As they do in Japan, there was an odd mix of things in the park, such as a totem pole, and a gigantic metal elephant. There were also random metal dogs. I forgot to mention this was a modern art museum…

This totem pole had some odd things on it. For example, an elephant.

Have you ever seen a more disgusting centepede in your life...?

The rust, in true Japanese fashion, shows the impermanence of all things

Elephant with the city in the background

There's Judy showcasing the gigantic bag she got for buying a poster at the gift shop

Family of Dogs

Awwww. They are so rusty and cuddly!

Dogs 3

That's ART right there!

The museum itself was quite nice. I have never been much for modern art so most of the stuff went over my head, but there were some nice pieces. There was also a special exhibit by Komai Testurou, a sketch artist. They had quite a large number of pieces by him, tracing a line from his beginning in the 50s towards the end in the 80s. You could really notice the progression of his work by following all the pieces chronologically, which was interesting. The museum being a modern art museum, the building itself was also quite beautiful. Of course you’re not allowed to take pictures inside so there isn’t much for me to show you from that, but you will just have to take my word for it, or go see for yourself, if you are so inclined! All in all it was a nice, civilized day. After the past few months of work drinking parties and crazy adventures in Okinawa, it was a needed reprieve.

There's Oita as taken from inside the museum

Part of the Museum

It was quite modern

-Dash

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  1. Reed
    May 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Speaking of freaky bugs, have you seen a mukade yet?

    • Dash
      May 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      ugh, thankfully I have been able to avoid those freaks of nature…you?

  2. Harrie
    May 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I think the centipede is a caterpillar!

    • Dash
      May 21, 2010 at 3:27 am

      Hmm, is it? It just looked gross so I went with centipede. It does look like it has 100 legs, but maybe that’s just its…hair?!

  3. June 8, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    i think that dog sculpture is quite cool in that it turns into a picture in a square frame from a different angle =)

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