Sunday, 18 November 2012

Konohana Local Tour

Yesterday we went on a tour of our local area. The tour was run by Henguchi-san who also runs a local art space called Kuromegarou and took in places of interest and art installations set up in buildings in the area. The tour started at Otonari, a cafe and meeting spot next to the river near Nishikujo station.

After the tour there was also a party where we met many interesting people in the area.

The tour begins!

Inside Kuromegarou

An angry looking Tanuki!

A note pinned to the wall of an installation in another local building.

An outdoor installation, I declined the offer to have a bath!

In another of the buildings in the area was this sound installation.

Around the corner, more installations. This one plays with light effects.

A local cafe

Not really part of the tour but I like it.
A final speech!
A 'tache onigiri!
At the after party.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park

Today I headed off on another bike journey. On this occasion I headed off in an easterly direction, a route that followed Yodo river and ended up at Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park. I didn't know much about the park before going there, it just seemed like a good destination when looking at the map. When I got there I was surprised how big the park was and that it was the site for the 1990 International Garden and greenery exposition, apparently the first of its kind in Asia.

Ah! I wonder how they have captured the essence of my home country in garden form? Let's have a look.............
Oh.....I see. Pretty accurate actually.

I really didn't like the way that heron was looking at me.

Some budding senior artists.

That guy on the left was so orange you could barely see him amongst the autumn leaves.

Some more senior citizens. I think they were playing open air bingo. Or something involving a grid of numbers anyway.