Monday, November 20, 2017

蒲原祭りにて

静岡の蒲原の宿場町で開催された蒲原祭りや街の様子をスケッチで記録に残しに来ませんかとのお誘いをスケッチ仲間のマリアさんから受け、やはりスケッチ仲間の敦子さんと行ってみました。

マリアさんが通う千葉大学の木下先生が蒲原の由緒ある古民家に移り住むということで、千葉大学園芸学部の皆さんたち数名と先生のお宅に一泊させていただいての小旅行でした。大きなお屋敷内部だけでも描きどころがある古き良き雰囲気を味わえた民泊です。
初日、やはり保存のいい豪邸、旧五十嵐邸に伺い、室内の一角と、そこで行われたジャズコンサートの様子を描いてみました。











一枚の習字用の紙に縦書きに描いてみました。
奥の小部屋には下にある階段を塞ぐと渡れる設計なのがスリリング。
翌日はお天気で、朝、富士山を見に散歩へ連れて行っていただきました。
絶景の3Dな富士山が見られました。









ずっとその日富士山を描いていたいところでしたが、(その時間もなく後ろ髪を引かれつつ)戻り、10時から3時までの限られた時間開催されたお祭りをスケッチャー3名がそれぞれの視点でスケッチしました。
(うっかり今回は全部の作品の集合写真を撮りそびれてしまいました)











宿場町のメインストリートにいくつもの屋台が並び、静かだった街に人が大勢集まってのお祭りは、とても和やかな雰囲気で、どのブースの食べ物も魅力的でした。街の人の一体感が感じられ、中学生たちも法被を身につけお祭りにお役を持って参加していたり、交通整理していた警備の人たちも和やかなムードがあり、祭りの様子を描く方もとてもリラックスでき、楽しめました。
こちらも習字用の紙に、今度は横書きに描いて見ました。

Sunday, November 12, 2017

24hr sketch marathon as 57th WWSC and 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers

Like many sketchers participated all over the world, on November 11th, we Japanese sketchers live near/in Tokyo ( including Miri from Israel) got together and had sketch walk to capture Tokyo Station to participate both 57th WWSC and USK Global 24hr Sketchwalk event.



































Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Halloween in Shibuya

A sketcher friend Johanna from Germany and I went to see what is like Halloween in Shibuya. First, we observed the street view from station passage through the window.There were many people ( as usual ) but not so many who were in their costume yet as of around 18:00 P.M.







Then we ventured to dive in the crowd to observe costumers ( although they were still relatively minority compared to people in normal outfit) closely.

But I myself found interesting the police car parked aside the street more than walking people, so I sketched it while Johanna captured people so well in the page one by one. That is quite a skill to collect targets and make nice composition at the same time!





They roamed on the street and when to find other costumers, they start communicating by taking selfie together, exchanging photos. Still it was early time, they looked a bit shy.











It was pretty cold outside, so we sooner evacuated inside a cafeteria where all waiters were young handsome guys ( seemed Korean boys) and all customers were women! There Johanna ,again, captured people so well.







We didn't stay late to see real deep Halloween this time. But this was my very first step to see and capture that famous Halloween in Shibuya.
Thanks Johanna for this rare occasion otherwise I would have avoided being in such environment. Next time we should wear something to blend in.

Monday, October 30, 2017

House in Kambara 蒲原の家


この前に、蒲原という駅に行きました。あそこ、研究室の先生は家を買って、地域の活動に入りました。蒲原町は歴史があるところです。昔の東海道は東海道新幹線になりました。歌川広重はここよく絵を描きました。広重の美術館もあります。先生はこの町の歴史を守るために、活動を広がりたいです。一つとして、スケッチをしてほしいです。みなさん、どうでしょうか?


先生の家の中でお茶飲む場所が描きました。
この家で泊まってもいいです。
他の、町の風味きも。
もっと描いてほしいですから、来月も行きたいと思っています。11月18-19日ぐらいです。
その時に、祭りがあります。楽しそうです。
みなさん、一緒に来てくれませんか?

Our lab professor bought a house in place, called Kambara. It’s a station on Tokaido road, on the seashore, close to Mount Fuji. Sensei wants to help locals to preserve their heritage. As one idea, we discussed to have a sketch walk with the following exhibition.
I come to Kambara last week to see the place and sketch. The house of Sensei is a very old traditional house, full of treasures.
I sketched the interior of the house. This fish on the hook is a fireplace to make tea (first drawing).
Japanese house floor is made of tatami mats and on the walls are many interesting objects. One of them is clothes for the festival. On the back is written the name of the city - Kambara.


This place is also famous being drawn by Utagawa Hiroshige. He drew series of pictures about Tokaido road, so Kambara station is included in this series. Hiroshige museum is also here.


Report Asia-link Sketchwalk Kuching 2017

Dear fellow sketchers of USK Japan, here is my short report about the trip to Kuching, Malaysia, to Asia-Link sketch walk 2017.


Asia-link was organized with love to details. I felt totally comfortable since organizers not only prepared a meaningful program for each day but give much additional info for a perfect stay and even helped to get an internet SIM card.



We also spend time talking and sketching each other during the dinner. Much fun!

First-day speakers were William Sim, Alvin Wong, Khiah Keang, next day Tina Boon, Kwin and others.

Tina Boon reminded the precious history of USK.

Alvin Wong. His speech resonated in me because of two moments. 1. He said about involving with the local environment, not just drawing it. This is the meaning and opportunities of usk! 2. Preservational sketch. This is how I started (spontaneously) my first urban sketches back in hometown, Nizhniy Novgorod, where historical center was crashed and vanished on our eyes. Thank you, Alvin!



Every day we had a sketch walk in particular historical part of the city. Then, in the evening we summarized our experiences, listening talks and local poetry society members, who also introduced next locations in the form of lyrics. I think it made this event very special, and all people involved really love their city, Kuching.


Kuching means cat, so of course, we met many cats on the streets. Here is one of them.


Other sketches under cut→