Monthly Archives: February 2013

Troo Adventure

Established at the same time as the city itself, Nara’s most celebrated shrine is famous for its lanterns – and the deer, of course. Even the shrine’s chōzuya is carved in the shape of a deer.

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Lanterns are everywhere. They line the approach to the shrine, and gather around and between its buildings. Twice yearly, each and every one is lit: several thousand, made from stone, wood, or bronze. The bronze lanterns in particular are donated to the shrine by worshippers, and are regularly replenished.

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As you can see, the deer are able to wander as freely here as anywhere else in the city.

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The Minamimon – South Gate – is just as flooded with lanterns as the rest.

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From Kasuga-taisha you are free to wander on to several auxiliary shrines, and view the ancient forest beyond, which contains many of Japan’s oldest and largest camphor trees. The forest belongs…

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Stag group, Richmond Park

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A wintry Stag illustration…

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IMG_3199Haruko Maeda was born in 1983 in Tokyo and lives in Austria since 2005. Her paintings are both dark and shiny, like a perfect balance of a golden and a dark age – that is exactly the times we are living in. This is even more evident in her sculptures/installation. And the classic references are a plus value. Her art is like those scenes that are scary and creepy but we cannot keep our eyes off them: this is how I feel looking at Haruko Maeda’s artworks: fascination and fear.

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KATY JADE DOBSON

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I follow so many kinds of blogs, from other art blogs, to fashion, cooking, health, gossip, news, and personal blogs. The kind that capture my heart are always the personal blogs. They keep me returning to hear how someones life develops, how their projects have panned out and this makes me see the connection between them and the work they are doing. I look out for their next update and I think it is a wonderful thing that people can share their life and what they love to do, with others who feel the same.

I have recently fully set up my own personal website that serves as an online portfolio for my paintings. But the community I have noticed on wordpress is a friendly and responsive one that has already helped me better my paintings and gain new subjects to work with. Interaction with people on the same level…

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