Asian art, Boy’s Day, and Italian cuisine

On Wednesday, David and I went to the Honolulu Museum of Art to view three special exhibits (ends August 21, 2016). I drove my little blue car and parked on Victoria Street, where David hanged his handicap placard on my mirror and we got free metered parking.

It drizzled and we got wet. See the spots on the picture?

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Once inside the museum, we saw the three special exhibits.

This was the first exhibit: “Zen Landscapes.”  Zen Buddhism is based on meditation, not the study of scripture.  We were encouraged to remove our shoes and sit and meditate on the mat (we didn’t):

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This was the second exhibit: “Hiroshige’s City, from Edo to Tokyo.”  “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (in Japanese 名所江戸百景 Meisho Edo Hyakkei ) is a series of ukiyo-e prints begun and largely completed by the Japanese artist Hiroshige (1797–1858). The prints were first published in serialized form in 1856–59, with Hiroshige II completing the series after Hiroshige’s death. It was tremendously popular and much reprinted.”  (From Wikipedia).  The current exhibit in Honolulu also includes lithograph prints, created by modern artists, that show what Edo (now Tokyo) would look like if there were a catastrophe, such as an earthquake:

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And this was the third exhibit: “Art in a Time of Chaos, Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries.”  “The Six Dynasties is one of the most remarkable periods in China’s long history. A time of civil war and foreign invasion, it is often compared to the roughly contemporaneous Dark Ages in early medieval Europe. Yet this was also an age of great cultural and intellectual advancement.” (From the Honolulu Museum of Art website):

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We entered the room full of art, but the security guard told me not to photograph the art.  She didn’t give me a reason.  This is my reflection on the doors:

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In the corridor of the museum, we saw this cute display of carp in honor of Boy’s Day, a Japanese holiday:

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We concluded our outing with an Italian lunch at Romano’s. How do you like my sautéed mahimahi with Italian fried rice?

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7 Responses to “Asian art, Boy’s Day, and Italian cuisine”

  1. Olga Says:

    What a delightful way to spend a day.

  2. DJan Says:

    Interesting art displays. I would enjoy visiting this place myself. I just learned about Boy’s Day from another blog. 🙂

  3. Christine Says:

    you have such an appreciation for art, what a lovely outing and lunch!

  4. Tom Sightings Says:

    Three very interesting exhibits … I would have sat and meditated a little bit.

  5. DeniseinVA Says:

    Ending a fun trip with a good meal is always a win-win!

  6. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Nice photos. Hiroshege is a favorite of mine. The National Gallery of Art museum bans photography of the items owned by those who loan pictures, prints, etc. These digital cameras don’t hurt anything the way the old flash cameras did, however.

  7. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I would love this exhibit. I’m very fond of Hiroshege and Asian art in general. I remember Boys Day from my elementary school where they all flew kites!

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