HIROSHIGE AND VAN GOGH...the first image in my blog about Japan.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
This is one of the best photographs of the old HIKAWA MARU that I have ever seen. The gulls on the lines are a bonus. You are one excellent photographer. My congratulations to you for your capture of a ship I saw for the first time in 1961. Yokohama was and remains one of my favorite cities.
This is a memory that is fond and one that is bittersweet. It was near this ship, in Yamashita Park, where my love and I walked hand in hand time and again in the 60s.
yokohama by kosukeszk
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Another favorite from the Flickr Photostream posted by Mustang Koji, one of my favorite photographers and curators of photos from Japan of another era. Many of the photos in Mustang Koji's photostream were taken by his father, an Army Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Occupation era. This photo is one of Mustang Koji's aunts. She is a beautiful lady.
This is the original B&W of the magazine cover showing my Aunt Eiko. Over the years, it had gotten cut at odd angles.
Taken in 1948 in Occupied Japan.
The main street of Tokyo, it was a
"must see" for me.
I clearly remember my New Year's eve at an expensive and upscale club on the Ginza on New Year's eve of 1961/1962.
This was before I met the young lady of my dreams, so I spent the evening with one of my best Navy friends. Shortly after our big party on that New Year's eve, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant-Junior Grade and sent to Naval Aviator's flight school in Pensacola. Had my eye sight been 20/20, I would have enjoyed the same duty, but I would never have met the young lady that still makes my life sweet by simply remembering her.
Life is full of joys and contradictions, but I must accredit much to Fate.
The Ginza, with its many lights must surely be quite different today than it was on New year's Eve of 1961.
THANKS TO MY FRIEND KOJI KANEMOTO, for permission to post this photo. It was taken by his father, a Seargeant in the U.S.Army whose duties helped Japan reconstruct the nation throughout the Occupation.
Matsuzakaya PX by Mustang Koji
Monday, October 17, 2011
"The boat Vincent used while drifting down the Sumida with Mariko...", a photo by roberthuffstutter on Flickr.
"The boat Vincent used while drifting down the Sumida with Mariko..."
Theo arranged a trip to Japan to help Vincent defeat the despondency he was suffering. Exactly how long he stayed is not known; in fact, it was only recently discovered that Van Gogh visited Japan.
This watercolor with pen and ink is one in a series I have done that features a fictional "secret trip" to Japan by Vincent Van Gogh. I only wish that Van Gogh had been able to have spent several years in Japan. One can only imagine the works he would have done.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Streetcar in Tokyo near Shinbashi Station, circa 1955, a photo by Rob Ketcherside on Flickr.
This really reminds me of the Japan I knew in the early 1960s. I want to paint this one.
Streetcar in Tokyo near... by Rob Ketcherside
PHOTO BY ROB KETCHERSIDE
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The title of this work by Emilien Deloche is "Week end in Hakone"
Hakone is probably one of the most romantic spots for spending a weekend with a loving friend. The last time I spent a weekend in Hakone was in 1963 and the memories are still warm and exciting to my mind; they are moments I recall now and then while in a wishful thinking kind of mood.
Early in the morning at the Starbuck
Emilien Deloche is the administrator of a public group featured on Flickr. It is for sketches of and about Japan, a great visual treat for all who are fascinated by Japan.
Friday, October 7, 2011
CHARACTER, NOT RESOURCES, HAS MADE JAPAN AN ECONOMIC SUPER POWER
From the ruins of a devastated nation to one of the world's super economic powers. There are many nations that might well learn much about Japan. It is not Japan's natural resources that has made it a success, it is Japan's character.
Unless a nation has character, it will remain poor and hopeless. There are many factors here that some nations will never understand because they have decided to hate free enterprise and especially American democracy.
Robert L. Huffstutter
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Howard's Flickr Photostream is full of unique and rare, or seldom-seen vehicles. This little Honda van surely served its purpose well. One can imagine how easily pizzas could be delivered in and around the narrow alleys of Tokyo and Yokohama. For more information about this van, here the web site:
Thanks to Howard for this refreshing photo of another time in Japan's spectacular automotive history.