Monday, 25 April 2011

Roll cake

Today is hliday Monday and I've been served a great roll cake with whiped cream and compost of apricots, Japanese style, with nice cup of cofee (Italian style).

Wagashi, little sweets

The Wagashi are the little sweets offered with the green tea during chanoyu, they are in perfect harmony, as everything in the chanoyu, with the season, with the weather, with clothes of the master performing the tea ceremony, the simple decoration on the wall and the flower composition. Tea  ceremony is the art of harmony with the universe. The universe in a cup of tea.

Chanoyu, the Tea Ceremony

This are chawan, tea cups for the Japanese Tea Ceremony, chanoyou or sado. The powder green tea is called matcha, is whisked with a bamboo whisk to make a nice froth, is very bitter in taste and for this reason is always accompained by a little sweet.

Friday, 22 April 2011

The Creative Gesture

My  fine art photographic work about the traditional arts of Japan, published on FotoUp, a good web site dedicated to photography, in Italian. All this images where on show in Turin and will go on display in Milan on the 20th to the 22nd of May at MiJapan exhibition.
Click the link below to visit the virtual gallery.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Aquamarine Fukushima in Iwaki is a really great aquarium.

Aquamarine park in Iwaki, Fukushima

This is the great Aquamarine park in Iwaki, was one of the most beautyful of Japan, is an aquarium with tropical garden too. It was damaged by the tsunami and many fishes died, is now closed and after few days the survived fishes and animals where transferred to Niigata on the other coast of Japan. Hpefully it will come back to his splendor soon.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Chabana, flower arranmgement

Chabana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, like Ikebana, but is specific for the Tea Ceremony, the composition is simpler, essential, minimalistic. The chabana is positioned in the Tokonoma, the small part of the room  where is hang a single calligraphy or painting, is the most precious corner of the house and the guest will seat closer to it in sign of respect.