Autumn (Tokyo Studio)

Rittou: Pheasants enter the water and turn into monster clams/ paulownia leaves fall (4 of 5)

November 22nd, 2008

Rittou 14 of 15Today, I finally caught up on my entries for the past week (which I couldn’t post previously due to the lack of internet connection on our travels) – and the washing. In modifying the access to past postings (by adding a calendar on the sidebar and ‘next’ and ‘previous’ links to each post), I had a chance to review some past daily observations. It is interesting to see the evolution of this almanac and consider its temporality.

It is also interesting to see a number of themes that emerge from these experiences, reflections and conversations with comments’ authors. The initial concept of the season has led to some other explorations. The idea of travel: on foot, by train, random ramble, river walks, guided tours, pilgrimages, historical and modern tourism; is recurring theme. Animals in the landscape (urban or otherwise) sparked an investigation into the various concepts in Shinto, vegetable gardening is another thread that relates humans to the landscapes. When we leave Tokyo in twelve days’ time, there will be 90 entries in total.

2 Responses to “Rittou: Pheasants enter the water and turn into monster clams/ paulownia leaves fall (4 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas in Austinmer
    November 27th, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Thinking about accumulations…
    Last night I gathered all the postcards you have sent me during this project, Jo. Many of the cards have slight water damage, the ink running and the card warped a bit, from their passage through the postal system. They all have stamps of little birds, except one which has a postal mark instead.

    The most recent cards also have the date of the entry, and a mini-paragraph drawn from the story of that day. I like this addition a lot.

    With my new south-coast friend Marc, we made all the postcards into a “house of cards”. You can see it here:

  2. 2 jolaw
    November 27th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I did wonder about how the post-cards fared through the system. As they are printed on an ink-jet printer, I tried to put them a plastic bag (the post office gave me) when taking them to the post box (as sometimes it rains).

    Can you tell me whether the stamp from the postal system registered whether the cards were sent from? I usually carry the cards with me and send them from whereever I am heading on the day.

    I also noticed that your photograph of the house of cards and my photograph of the day have the same card: Soukou: Insects tuck themselves away/ first frost (4 of 5).