Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Nic-naks from Nippon #20.


This lovely little find from Oedo Antique Market in Tokyo has found a few friends and a spot to call home at Nic-nak Castle.

Monday, 21 July 2014

New life at Mars.


MARs, (Melbourne Art RoomS) takes a bold step into a brand new universe of its own.  While many galleries in Melbourne are downsizing or disappearing, Mars has left its Port Melbourne digs and set up orbit in Windsor in a brand new custom build space.  Saturday night was the grand blastoff with Jud Wimhurst's Safe/Secure helmet couture taking top billing on the main floor.  A galaxy of art aliens turned out to wish Mars director, the vivacious Andy Dinan, well with her new locale. Mars features several gallery spaces and a dedicated viewing room for video based presentation.



Jud Wimhurst, Safe/Secure.










Mr Brown and Andy Dinan, Mars director.



Check out life and work on Mars at 7 James Street, Windsor.

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To good times and drinking friend in Japan..


And a thank you to our friends that shared a drink or two with us in Japan and made our adventure a little more interesting and humorous. Tess and Anthony downing a few mugs of Sake with us at a bar in the Golden Gai.





And of course our fun foodie companions, Chris and Ruby, accompanied us on several bar and restaurant forays in both Tokyo and Kyoto.


Ah.  Good times in Japan.

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

Asakusa and the Senso-ji.



The Senso-ji Temple is Tokyo's oldest shrine dating back over 1000 years, before Tokyo, or even Edo were thought of.  Like most Japanese temples it has been rebuilt many, many times, but it is still a draw card for tourists and Toykoites alike.










The crowds, the incense smoke, the pagodas, the kimonos.  Its all a bit Disney and historic at the same time.  Gotta love Japan and its theatre.

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Nic-nak from Nippon #18.


Spotted in Shibuya.  Happy.

Dining @ Shimo-kitazawa



Our final evening meal in another of those, not an English menu in sight, restaurants.  With a bit of pointing and guessing we came up with a brilliant chicken grill selection plate and fabulous salad.  Washed down with several beers and a few rounds of hot sake it was one of our highlight meals.  The interior of this little Yakitori bar brilliant, dark moody mud coloured walls with wood and bamboo allover.  Everything was presented on rustic but refined earthen wear. 









10/10 for the Yakitori bar.

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Nic-naks from Nippon #17.


Colonel Sanders gets a makeover Japanese style an seems to be selling big chicken balls or something!

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Architecture that inspires.


A little look at the architecture of Tokyo.  Buildings of many forms spring from the sidewalks here, some more successful than others but most cause a sense of excitement and wonder.




















We guess there will be a whole new slew of buildings as Tokyo hurtles towards its hosting of the 2020 Olympics and its skyline continues to evolve.

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