Youkobo Artist Residency.Tokyo.the garden
August 11, 2010, 12:53 pm
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Youkobo Artist Residency/Tokyo
August 11, 2010, 12:51 pm
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August 11, 2010, 12:49 pm
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Here are a few images of Youkobo

This is the building that houses two apartments,

one western style, one japanese style,

and two studio spaces.

My residence is at the top of the curving stairs.

Tokyo pas de deux
August 8, 2010, 12:13 am
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Linen pas de deux

moving through the morning light,

ballet with the wind.

Zempukuji Park
August 4, 2010, 2:10 pm
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There is a park close to Youkobo in which I walk every morning.  I go about 6 am and the park is filled with people doing group calisthenics, walking dogs, jogging.

This morning a man spoke to me in English and proceeded to walk with me around the park. He had worked for the airlines, was retired and relished the chance to use his English.  He told me that he comes to the park every day, and that he writes a poem every day about some unique aspect of nature that he discovers in the park, such as the beautiful dragonfly that was hovering over the water as we spoke.  I told him about a turtle that I had watched swimming toward me in the lake yesterday. And then he told me this:  On June 2nd he was walking around the lake and a turtle came out of the water and onto the path beside where he was. He watched the turtle, it’s back legs heavy and somewhat distended, crawl perhaps 20 feet, down the path.  And then the turtle began to dig a large hole in the earth, off to the side of the path, beneath a hydrangia bush.  He watched as the turtle worked hard, clawing with its front legs, digging and digging. Finally, the turtle deposited all of its eggs into the hole.  Evidently the eggs were carried on or near the back legs and that was why they had been so heavy and distended.  After laying the eggs, the turtle covered the hole back up with the earth, and scattered leaves and grass over the top, and then stood beside the site for 15 minutes before finally crawling away.  The man said that he had stayed and watched the turtle for 3 hours and 15 minutes.  And, it takes two months for the eggs to gestate, so now, in the early part of  August, he revisits the site daily to see if the turtles have hatched.  We walked around the pond and he showed me the site and I, too, will be watching daily to see what happens.