160. The Latest Emi Drawings

Emi's latest work. See my notes if you can't figure out what she drew.  

The figure in the middle, myself, does have arms. They just happen to look like huge wings. And Emi's drawing of herself is consciously spider-like.  

The big thing with green spots is a tree. 

159. Wing, Tokyo

This is the view out of the airplane window above Tokyo Bay as I left Japan. Whenever I think of this area, I think of the movie Akira, where the bay is filled in with a massive artificial island. I love that film because it depicts a battle of the young and idealistic versus the status quo who would enslave them, and the young win. Tokyo is a lovely paradox because although it is the seat of government and corporate power in Japan, the youth drive the culture, which reverberates throughout the world.

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158. Akame Falls, Nabari, Japan

"Akame Falls" translates into "Red-eye Falls."

This painting wasn't so successful, but as an abstract piece I like it. We had climbed up these falls, and I was trying to capture how geometric the rock formation was. The brown line at the bottom-right of the painting is the line of the river, so it is clear we were quite high up.

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157. Tanuki statue, Mōka, Japan

"Tanuki" means "racoon-dog" in Japanese. We happened upon this massive statue in the village of Mōka, a village known for its ceramics. Tanukis symbolize good luck in business, so I sometimes saw them in front of family-owned establishments. The figure at the bottom of the page demonstrates how big this dude is.

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156. Shinkansen, Tokyo

"Shinkansen" means bullet train. This is the latest incarnation of many, designed by Ken Okuyama, the same man who designed the Acura NSX, the Enzo Ferrari, the Maserati Birdcage 75th, and many other design masterpieces. In Japan, infrastructure is a sexy cultural force. 

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155. Fuji-san, Gotemba, Japan

This is a view from the east of Mount Fuji, known colloquially as Fuji-san. This mountain means different things to many people. To me, it marks where my aunt and uncle are buried.

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154. Bridge, Chiyoda, Japan

A bridge over a moat at the Imperial Palace of Japan. To the right of the image, where the windows reflect the rose of the sunset, is a newspaper building. It seems a fitting symbol of the insider access that journalists have to elite institutions.  

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