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Beauty in the Ordinary

Orientation to Japan

My orientation to Japan is underway. It has been a few days since my arrival here in Sano-shi, a town of about 80,000 people located an hour’s bus ride west of Tokyo. I have found several painting spots in the vicinity so painting commences.

Today I meet with a women’s group at a local academy to discuss plans for a painting demonstration next week. Most likely, we will be deciding who will be sitting for a portrait session. I’ve been making mental notes about the differences in facial characteristics of the people here. Of course, it will be more interesting to focus more carefully during the demonstration.

Tomorrow, Thursday, will be the first art museum visit. Asuka has invited to give me a tour of the Gunma Museum of Art in Tatebayahsi, which, I am told, has a good collection of traditional art.

Next – Notes of the Gunma Museum and images of paintings from Japan. Stay tuned!

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