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Japan deep-rooted design

Japanese towns or areas are often known for a unique skill/ craft and when international tourists as well as Japanese tourists visit the area they may often purchase an inexpensive piece of Art./traditional craft—Folk Craft. The white boards with gold edges are available at stores all over Japan and can be used for calligraphy , paper art, and more.

cut paper card.

MINGEI, Japan’s Enduring Folk Crafts by Amaury Saint-Gilles, first published in 1983 presents 114 such places.

Folk Arts and Crafts of Japan by Kageo Muraoka and Kichiemon Okamura first published 1967 in Japan and 1973 in the USA.

The Folk Arts of Japan Hugo Munsterberg first published 1958

Fro the Munsterberg book., 33 areas of Folk Art. Japanese folk art/craft has a long tradition held dearly in the hearts of most Japanese today. Many of these things have a seasonal association as well as a passing on the tradition of what it means to be Japanese.. People make a living by creating folk art which Japanese use. in their daily lives.

How to Wrap Five Eggs, Hideyuki Oka, first published in Japan in 1963.Photography by Michikszu Sakai

Alameda Creek

One thing makes the photographic visual experience interesting is the feel of the photograph on the medium—photographs have their own unique feel .

A painter may create a “photo-realist” painting, but on close inspection, the feeling of the paint is different than the feeling of the photographic print. The painting , like the bit mapped image and the tortoise and the hare, keeps getting closer and closer but its never continuous—does not fully create the illusion of a photograph with its continuous tone image.

As a visual reproduction record, of all the graphic techniques, is the truest to the visual experience of human beings.

In old books, pre-print, who was the writer? the author? the person who created the story or the scribe who wrote it . . .

Same words, but different scribes may create different experiences with the words of the book.

Or perhaps in pre-print days, the creator of the words in the book hired different scribes to scribe different editions.

Even with the same scribe doing multiple copies of the same book, the experience for the reader it could be, or will be, different..

Printing ends that. each press run is (basically) printed exactly the same to provide the same experience to the reader—Do you wonder if the intent of the author is in the meaning of the words or in the visual experience of reading the words.

Every copy of each book on the same press run will appear the same ,and should be a similar visual, or close , experience for the reader.

Still, people read the same print edition of the same book and have different experiences, different meanings. Thankfully most of us share a common meaning to the word STOP on a street sign.

For a society to survive there needs to be agreement on what words mean—that is necessary for communication which is necessary for the kind of complex society we live in dependent on the coordination of a massive division of labor and consumer market.

Vocabulary is generally taught in public school. Many of the social divisions in our society are about the meaning of words and the arbitrary nature of word meanings is greatly exploited by the legal business which can have 12 people sitting in a box decide what a word does or doesn’t mean.

The experience of my photographs is not about what is real, or what is not real , or even what could be or should not be, or what is, there is nothing beyond the image to see or know. Tomorrow the world will have changed, these places along Alameda Creek will have changed and this photograph will have stayed the same,, though over time a print may just fade away.


Fremont pizza place, a small pie for about $12.50, the dough starts at one end of the counter, as the customer walks along towards the check out ,they can choose various toppings to bake on top of the pizza , and some “after -backed” toppings.. When its crowded its like a dining hall in a castle, noisy, food everywhere, or it can be almost empty and cold. Every thing customers use is thrown out after eating—cardboard box, plastic utensils cups, napkins and small one service packaging for cheese and pepper seasoning..

The enlightened man must take medicine
for the illness of “having no illness.

Hekiganroku Case 31 Mayoku comes to Shokei translated by KLatsuki Sekida


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