This photograph was taken in Kyoto at the house of a ceramic artist during a studio visit.
Many Japanese houses contain flower arrangements, and this one was particularly striking. I showed it to Japanese people and they often commented on how western it was. That was a surprise to me because I could not imagine such a hybridization occurring anywhere else. There were about a dozen apples and a few bunches of grapes. The roses and fruit are fresh but the green foliage is 'preserved' - dried or otherwise treated. It was beautiful and interesting to look at and think about. There was much to look at in this house but I couldn't help staring at this.
Kyoto, as it is written in Japanese kanji, reads 'Capital of Capitals', whereas Tokyo reads 'Eastern Capital'. This is instructive in a way - Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan, with more traditional artists, craftspeople, architecture, and ways of life. Things are more high-brow but also necessarily more provincial.
It Looks Cool! I will be back from Japan next week and I have many cool looking things that I will share with you.