Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Noh Masks

I had the good fortune to be invited by a friend to a gallery showing of a collection of Noh theatre masks.  The masks were produced by a school teacher; who started carving when he had retired from teaching; and students to whom he had taught the carving of Noh masks.  The craftsmanship and artistry was truly astonishing, an incredible amount of emotion is expressed in the masks.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Autumn Spiders

 Spiders are one of my favourite macro subjects; they are interesting, colourful and tend not to move around so much.

Dinner Date

Proud mother with babies!
Yes, the blurry dots in the foreground are also tiny spiders.

Only one spider here!  Can you find it?
 It's in the centre of the web where the lines converge.  The collection of past meals, and even it's own discarded exoskeleton serve to camouflage the spider from birds, particularly as it most resembles bird droppings from a distance.

Here's a closer crop of the spider, it's a bit more visible.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


This beautiful residence is available to rent in Osaka on Airbnb!
The decor is modern and clean with and origami theme to bring the rooms together and add an aspect of tradition.

Living room: plenty of space to relax after a day of exploring the city and surrounding areas!

The living room sofa folds out to become a wonderful bed.

The Master Bedroom is quite spacious.
The sofa folds out into an additional bed.

Second bedroom.

Guests are encouraged to add to the origami collection!

The kitchen is well equipped for preparing meals if you wish to eat in.  
Though Osaka is known for some of the best food in Japan!
The entertainment center of the apartment, with plenty of free power outlets to charge all of your devices.

The listing for this accommodation can be found here: Origami