Tuesday, August 11, 2015

1/10: Kyoto

Kansai Airport Terminal 1 --> Haruka to Kyoto (70mins) 
Waiting for the cockoo to call 

京都国際マンガミュージアム KYOTO INTERNATIONAL MANGA MUSEUM 京都府京都市中京区 烏丸通御池上ル(元龍池小学校)

Highlights: 1. "What's Manga?" Exhibition – Popular & influential manga from 1945-2005 that you can touch and read (in Japanese only)  |  2. "100 Maiko Illustration" – Interesting drawings of maiko (apprentice geisha) by over 100 manga artists  |  3. See some manga artists' original sketches on the Museum Cafe wall 

Admission (Museum): 800yen

An exhibition introducing pieces by this new and upcoming illustrator/children’s book author from France. Iris has been a resident at Villa Kujoyama, an artist residence, one of the five branches of Institut Francais Japon—since March, and has been busy researching the monsters of Japan. This exhibition will premier new pieces created during her stay. Seven of Iris’ monsters drawn for the children on largely printed panels are on display in different corners of the museum.

晴明神社 SEIMEI SHRINE 京都市上京区晴明町806(堀川通一条上ル)

A Shinto shrine dedicated to the onmyōji (陰陽道), Abe no Seimei (安倍の晴明)

Admission: Free

SUMMER SPECIAL: マクドナルド McDonald's Yokai Watch Potato Cases / Avocado Burgers

京都市美術館 KYOTO MUNICIPAL MUSEUM OF ART 京都府京都市 左京区岡崎円勝寺町124 (opposite National Museum of Modern Art)

One of the most comprehensive Magritte exhibitions ever held, and the first such exhibition in Japan since 2002.

Remarkable works: The Line of Life (1936) / Alice in Wonderland (1946) / The Famine (1648) / Pictorial Content (1948) / The Art of Conversation (1950) / The Ignorant Fairy (1956-57) / A Sense of Reality (1963) / Skybird (1966)

Admission: 1,600yen

平安神社 HEIAN SHRINE 京都市左京区岡崎西天王町

The shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto as capital of the country and to coincide with an industrial exposition held that year. The signature features of this shrine are the massive Torii gate and the paid garden that is famous for its cherry blossoms.

Admission: Free

鴨川 KAMO RIVER: A beautiful spot for a walk in the evening.
Okuni (出雲の阿国, born ca.1572) the originator of kabuki theater.
京都府京都市下京區四条烏丸東入長刀鉾町27番地 大丸京都店周邊店舗

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