What a wonderful day, today…alone and wandering through beautiful places, no one expecting me, no rush to get from A to B. Just doing what I want to. I took the subway four stops down to Ohori Park, a green oasis and lake in the city madness, well loved by joggers and dog-walkers. And cyclists, of course.
The park has a lake in the centre, and there is a running track about 2km long around the lake. Lots and lots of people enjoying the outdoors. There is a series of bridges and islands which allow you to cross the lake if you don’t want to go round. Some places you can even fish.
Tucked away in one corner is the most wonderful Japanese Garden, round every corner pure poetry in the trees, water, stones. OK, I know you all think I’m mad, but there’s a lot to be said for the timeless silence of these things. I had the garden all to myself, or else the other visitors there were amazingly discreet. The cool shade was wonderfully contrasted with another blisteringly hot day.
Of all the trees in the garden only one was going into Autumn colours…I would love to see this garden when they all change to brilliant red.
I’m beginning to realise this sun is worse than the African sun! No wonder all the Japanese women carry umbrellas and wear hats everywhere they go. They have lovely skin and have learned how to keep it that way.
Finally to the Art Gallery right next door to the Japanese Garden. Some ancient and some modern. I went quickly past most of the modern. Why does it make me feel rather despairing? Whereas the ancient works are inspiring. Maybe I’m just really old fashioned.
I discovered a whole new school of artists I had never heard of, Japanese artists who parallel the impressionists of the West. Their work is amazing. Many of them paint on silk using very difficult natural materials; also on gold leaf. Tomita Keisen, Imanaka Soyu, Mizukami Taisei. No photos allowed obviously but I found some of their works afterwards on the internet:
This is by Ikegami Shuho.
This by Tomita Keisen. Gotta go now Dave downstairs ringing to come in…