The honeymoon phase of Japan and the West

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Often, when two cultures meet, it can be very messy and lead to a lot of unpleasantness. The continuing inability of the West and Islam to understand each other suggests itself as a convenient example. This kind of conflict often boils down to a question of who will be master and who will be man, with the benefits of synergy and learning from each other lost or reduced.

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Hanami in Madrid

Hey there everyone, happy Monday!

It´s going to be a busy week for me so I´ll be updating a little less than usual. I took these photos yesterday afternoon in the suburbs of Madrid, it was my first time there and I have to be completely honest when I say that I had never – ever – imagined that I would find so many Sakura trees in Madrid. Continue reading “Hanami in Madrid”

The Art of Stillness in the Japanese Wilderness

Article via TED

There are three islands in Japan’s Inland Sea where some of the world’s best contemporary art lives quietly nestled between trees. Naoshima, with a collection of three buildings by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Tadao Ando, houses exquisite site-specific sculptures and paintings from James Turrell, Walter de Maria, Lee Ufan, Claude Monet and Yayoi Kusama. On the smaller, rougher hewn Teshima, there is one art museum, by Ryue Nishizawa, the youngest architect to ever win the Pritzker. Inside, one piece of art, a breath-taking otherworldly installation by Rei Naito that uses water to evoke a meditative trance.

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