Katsu Yoshida was a Japanese artist who passed away in 2011 at the age of 72.
He painted a range of subjects, from erotic humans and rice fields...
...to still lifes such as these.
Kyoto isn't all about temples, shrines and geishas....
...but Art Deco?!!!
I loved the shapes, lines and textures of this cluster of buildings across from the Imperial Palace where the current Emperor and Empress reside.
I walked by this modern residence every day on my way to the grocery store.
And I walked by this modern residence every day on my way home from the grocery store.
I passed this apartment building in the Minato District of Tokyo on the way to a calligraphy class where a young woman from Israel outshown the rest of us with her artistic skills.
I don't remember where this was or where I was going. But who could forget that color?
Just another cool apartment building in the Shibuya neighborhood.
I would refer to this as subway art.
This is an elevator door in a wacky store called Don Quijote, where the placement of items make no sense, like pots and pans next to shoes. I'm not sure how you find anything there, but it was fun trying to figure out.
I know I already posted this one, but I thought it would look nice next to the elevator door.
This one's for my friend, Cindy.
"Woman in Turban" by Kees van Dongen 1922
This one's for my niece, Kristin.
"Red Cock and Blue Sky" by Fernand Leger 1953
This one's for me.
"Conversation" by Camille Pissarro 1881
**In case you're wondering why I went to a museum of western art...it was a Japanese holiday and it was the only one open.
Little girl coming home from school on the subway, alone but very grownup.
Classmates bursting onto the train full of energy and giggles.
His sweet little face turned toward me just as I took his picture.
I love the colors, contrasts and textures of this grouping.
Passing under the thousands of vermilion torii gates feels utterly magical as rays of sunshine pour down through the openings. They are the gateways to the Fushimi Inari Shrine marking the transition from the mundane to the sacred. Beautiful, yes?
The Shibuya Crossing is said to be one of the busiest intersections in the world. When the traffic light turns green, 3000 people, coming from all directions at once, cross the streets. That adds up to 500,000 people a day. 500,001 if you count me.
This was the view from my hotel room on my first night in Tokyo.
This was my view the next morning.
I found a dear friend from home right next door!
I know because I counted them.
And the 42 stairs up.
On the street where I lived were these beautiful Japanese characters.