The Exhibition

The opening was a complete success. The gallery which Keitaro matched me with is on a street that’s a lot like Fifth Avenue (in the upper 50’s) in New York with a lot of the same stores.  Down the street was an Apple store and  Prada, across the street was Louis Vuitton.   The gallery itself is just right for the number of pieces I brought and their size. They look great hung in the space.

Setting up for the opening was easy and stress-free, the pieces found their way to the walls where they belonged.

Setting up for the opening was easy and stress-free, the pieces seemed to find their way to the walls where they belonged.

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Keitaro became my business manager in Tokyo, taking care of promoting the show extensively everywhere in the area with beautiful posters of different sizes, a post card and a gallery book which was given out at the exhibit. All of this was done with a great attention to detail and quality, which enhanced the show overall. No opportunity was passed up: a gallery book was sent to Carolyn Kennedy, the US Ambassador to Japan.

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Before we left Japan the gallery book was nominated for a “Book of the Year” award in its category by a Japanese book association. We were very pleased by this and not at all surprised. This experience went so well that we started talking about having Keitaro come to other countries to help out – but sadly Keitaro does not speak other languages.

A Doctor of traditional Chinese medicine holding the gallery book

A Doctor of traditional Chinese medicine holding the gallery book

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here Keitaro is showing me how to exchange business cards. This is a very serious thing in this culture involving just the right amount of bow, both hands, the right eye contact, who initiates, and which way the card is facing when it is exchanged.

 

 

 

 

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Chiharu was flown in from California to be our interpreter for out visit. She also helped out at the exhibit and showed us around Tokyo and Kyoto. Many of the photos on this blog were taken by Chiharu. We had lots of time to talk and get to know each other during out time together. She lives near my brother in CA and we hope to be able to see her and meet her family when we visit him.

 

 

 

 

A number of art students showed up as well as one professional printmaker who is now directing people toward the show.

A number of art students came to the show as well as one professional printmaker who helped direct people toward the exhibit.

 

 

 

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One day a professional musician came to the exhibit and performed. Another day a Buddhist holy person showed up, stood in the middle of the gallery, and announced, “I am surrounded by Buddhas”

At 2 meters, a head taller than the average, and being mistaken for a retired NBA player

At 2 meters, a head taller than the average, and being mistaken for a retired NBA player?

 

 

Showing in a country which has a great history of printmaking was a blast.

Showing in a country which has a rich history of printmaking was a blast!

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Watching people interact with the art was like being a songwriter and hearing someone sing your song.

 

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Well over a hundred people showed up on the last day of the show

Well over a hundred people showed up on the last day of the show

Next, and thanks to Keitaro, I will send off three images to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art to be juried into a show there.

Next (and thanks to Keitaro) I will send three larger images to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art to be submitted to a jury  for a show there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Again

Keitaro

Keitaro met us at the airport with a van to transport the art. It was wonderful to see our friend again. Keitaro provided transportation, expertise, local knowledge and good humor throughout our experience in Tokyo, which made everything so much easier, more meaningful and fun.

We go back 20 years with Keitaro. He has visited out home in Wisconsin on a few occasions. The first time he came, the kids were very young, maybe one and two years old. Looking at the old photos of that time you can see him bring the magic and the charm. The kids were thrilled.

One time Keitaro came to visit and we helped him find a used Harley Davidson to go on extended tours of the US.  He values experiences over possessions and we admire that.

The most recent visit was just after the problems at the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear reactors. As that crisis unfolded, Japanese citizens fled the area. Keitaro bought a portable Geiger counter and went to the site to measure the actual extent of the damage. Keitaro is a free spirit with courage and convictions.

Greeting at Haneda Airport

Greeting at Haneda Airport

Ramen Shop the first evening

Ramen Shop the first evening

Inside the Ramen Shop

Inside the Ramen Shop

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In a tea house, Tokyo

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On occasion it seemed that some of the younger women who visited the exhibit were there more to flirt with Keitaro then to view the art.

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Saying goodby at the Tokyo Station Hotel

Saying goodby at the Tokyo Station Hotel


 A harried drive to the airport after a delay by traffic jam

A harried drive to the airport after a delay by traffic jam

 

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