Sunday, 19 August 2012

Shoji

The shoji is the wooden frame covered with rice paper used in the traditional Japanese houses for covering the windows or as doors to split spaces into smaller rooms and this are called fusuma. I love the soft and warm light generated by the shoji, actually, I started appreciating and loving the soft light, during my first visit to Japan, I can say I finally undestood soft light after seing and living in this kinde of rooms. To wake up in the morning and seing the sunrise filtered by the shoji, is really a fascinating experience, also because I wake up always at surise there, this are the shoji in my room at 6 am. in Summer.

A tokonoma and kakejiku

The tokonoma is the most important  place of a traditional Japanese house in the tatami room., In the tokonoma  are displayed a painting or a calligraphy and a flower composition, the most important guest will seat closer to the tokonoma. The kakejiku is silk scroll with an ink painting or a calligraphy always in harmony with the season and, eventually, with the occasion. This is the room where I sleep with my wife, when we are in Kitakata. The photo was taken in Summer with natural light, filtered by the shoji, the paper screen in front of the windows, this give a soft light and a warm light tone I like to keep in the image.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Pathway to heaven


An example of little garden, a kind of a stripe of vegetation, very distinctive of Japanese style and tradition. The use of curved pattern and walks come from the geomancy, straight lines accelerate ki, the earth energy and make it dangerous, so path and even bridges, are mostly drowing a curve. Irregularity is the rule, the simmetry is banned, wabi sabi is the art of imperfection, the beauty in the not finished, a central concept in Japanese culture and art, only God make perfection, so men in his humility, do not pretend to achieve perfection (unlike western men).

Tsukubai

Tsukubai are the traditional little Japanese fountain carved in a stone and a bamboo pipe, the desired effect is of sound of water gently flowing, spirit calming and refreshing the mind. In Japan you can find them in almost all gardens, even in small, very small garden difficult to call  them yard or bank, Japanese are special in realizing little masterpiece in only a couple of square meter of space, even on rooftops. Photo shoot in Kitakata, a road side small stripe of green garden.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Sensu with boats at night

A nice fan (unfoldable) depicting a night fishing scene with two boats with fires. Is a big fan for home ornament, is too big to carry with you, is 50 cm. high and 35cm. wide. We use to diplay it at home as symbol of Summer , suggesting the idea of frehness. Photo taken in my studio with flash light, 105 mm. macro lens, f 3.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Sensu, the essential Summer accessory

An elegant fan with landscape with fireworks, sensu in Japanese. Is an essential accessory for the Japanese Summer, very hot and humid, used by female and male too, everybody use it. Is also a decorative object and is diplayed at home for inspire the idea of freshness, suzushii. The decorative one are of high quality, like this one, hand painted by the artist Matsui Hiroshi in Tokyo. Photographed with 105mm. macro lens f 3, using flash light in my studio.