At the end of January I traveled to London to visit the Tokyo Promotion Day on Saturday 31st. ( The homepage of their website won't let you get to the original pages anymore , but you can take a peek via this page).
Instead of a quick oneday (hurry,hurry!) trip I decided to make a weekend of it , arranged for 2 overnight stays at a B&B ( bed and breakfast) somewhere in Kent and on Friday morning I took off. By motorbike of course ! Sure , it was the middle of winter and it was really freezing, but that wouldn't stop me !
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Waiting at Calais Harbour for the trucks to unload from the ferry (which you can see in the back behind the gate sign).
Safely strapped to the deck on level 5. I'll be in England in one and a half hours.
By 7 pm I stopped at the Chinese restaurant "The Sundridge House" where I had a nice evening dinner before going to the B&B.
Saturday morning I took the train to London , leaving the bike at the station. Walking to the exposition, I walked by Buckingham Palace and took these pictures.
Looking past the Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace.
The Victory statue on top of the memorial.
As you can see I was not the only one taking pictures on this lovely sunny Saturday.
The theme of the exposition : Tokyo : So old, So new, So Tokyo.
There was an awful lot to do and see here : the old and the new. Traditional arts, traditional activities to participate in, a Hokusai exposition; lots of information for tourists going to Tokyo, there was even anime and robots !
I've always admired Ukiyo-e ( I have like 3 books on Hokusai alone)
and apart from the Hokusai exposition here, I was able to watch a real hanga (woodblock printing) artisan at work!
Look at the print on the front left : for every color he needs to carve those separate wooden printing blocks( you can see 3 of them in front ) that have to be inked ( unless the colors are completely separate ) and they have to match exactly !
Did you know that Hokusai made everyday-life sketches that were called manga ?
You can see some of these sketches here. Several of the Hokusai manga volumes were on display at Tokyo day.
Right next to him there was a craftsman creating kanzashi (flower-like hair ornaments from silk).
Aren't they すてき (lovely) ?
To see more of Tokyo day , keep visiting !
Next time on this blog: Real Live Stage Events : drums,dance,music,lions (lions ?!)