The wall painting is called “Myth of Tomorrow” and it was created by Taro Okamoto.
Taro was working on it for one of the hotels in Mexico and it had been missing for a while.
Then, the painting was rediscovered in Mexico in 2003 and installed at Shibuya Mark City in 2008.
I was evacuated from the museum and I could not go through whole in the exhibition …
The National Museum of Modern Art became a place for evacuation.
One day, I came back to see the exhibition again.
People were waiting on line for 70 minutes.
The year 2011 marks the centenary of Taro Okamoto’s birth (1911-1996).
“Art is explosion” … when I was little, Taro said the words in a TV commercial.
The words have had a strong impact on me and his appearance on TV variety shows was nothing but the eccentric artist to me.
After going through approximately 130 works including paintings, sculptures. photographs, and designs, I saw his philosophy and the way he lived.
In the exhibition, “Confrontation” is a key word.
Confrontations with 'pretty' Art, the War, Progress and Harmony for Mankind, the Consumer Society and himself …
At the exit of the exhibition, people could pick a “Taro’s words” from one of 4 boxes which looked like lottery boxes.
I picked …
Sticking to something that is not special is much harder than having a great adventure.
Someday, I want to visit Osaka and see real “Tower of the Sun” that was created for Expo ’70 and now is preserved and located in the Expo Commemoration Park in Osaka.
If you feel like having Korean dishes, you could try Shinokubo.
Shinokubo station is on JR Yamanote line, takes about 6 min from JR Ikebukuro station.
Near Shinokubo station, there is a local Korean town, so that you can get a glimse of Korea while you are in Japan. In Shinokubo, you may hear a lot of 'Anyong haseyo'('hello' in Korean) around. The atmosphere is a bit different from any other places in Japan. It's more energetic and dynamic... I think ;D
You could find many Korean restaurants, K-pop shops (selling Korean-pop idol products) and Korean markets.
What about having Samgyopsal for dinner tonight at Shinokubo? ><
* Samgyopsal consists of sliced pork belly meat, cooked on a grill. It's very popular Korean dish!
On March 11th, 2011, I came to The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo to see the exhibition ‘Okamoto Taro ― The 100th Anniversary of His Birth.’
A powerful earthquake hit at 2:46 p.m. while I looked at ‘’Wounded Arm’’ … only 10 minutes after I entered the exhibition room.
The earthquake measuring magnitude 9.0 (it was upwardly revised to 9.0 from 8.8 today) hit northern Japan and it triggered tsunami that wiped way cars, ships, houses and devastated the towns all along the east coast.
Immediately after the earthquake, visitors evacuated the building.
People got away from the subway station.
Sound of a ambulances siren, fire engines siren and police cars screamed around The Outer Garden of Tokyo Imperial Palace near Takebashi station.
Office workers wearing helmets gathered at ‘evacuation spot’ The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Full suspension of all train services …
A soba noodle restaurant ‘Chojuan’ provided people with a place to rest.
The restaurant gave me an onigiri (rice ball) and a cup of tea …
I cannot thank you enough.
It looked like there was no chance for the resumption of operation of trains … I decided to walk home.
Thousands of people walked fast and rushed home as if they were robots.
Capital freeway was closed and the traffic got heavy, and cars did not move forward.
I walked for about 3.5 hours and then I was lucky enough to catch a train that resumed operation at 11 p.m. …
What a day!
When I got home at 1 a.m., I appreciated the fact I am alive and prayed for the victims of tsunami.
We have received warm words of encouragement from all over the world and there are no words adequate to express our thanks for their kindness and warmth.
Now, everything is back to normal in Tokyo.
We look forward to meeting with you in the near future.
After going through bitter experience, we will grow up and get better.
Have you ever try to taste rice cake?
And have you ever seen how to make rice cake??
We,Japanese people eat rice cake in new years day specially.
We have soup called Zouni and rice cake in it.
It's very few chance we can see making sticky rice cake and now you can see it :)
We first steam sticky rice and make them with mortar(usu) and pestle(kine) like below.
This little boy living near my house, he is very cute by the way ;)
Also, we occasionally eat sticky rice cake as sweet :)
I don't know who made this recipe but this is actually great!
This is 'Ichigo Daifuku'which is strawberry and sweet beans covered by sticky rice cake.
Making Ichigo Daifuku was fun :)
Or you can find and try this,'Yukimidaifuku' :)
This is bestselling sweet and it's icecream covered by nearly sticky rice.
Ohhh....now I want to eat this ;)