Hi everybody. Jim got home
yesterday and Keith left today, so for the first time in a week and a
half I'm on my own. It was nice having some visitors, but the
room is a lot cleaner now...
Today wasn't a very busy day. Keith wanted to go to the S.
Watanabe Color Print Co, a 100-year old family business
currently run by Shoichiro Watanabe. He is well known in the
as an expert on wood cut prints. Here is a
to an article about the company. Neat
place, lots of nice pieces, and they were actually reasonably
priced. Original prints that were more than 100 years old were in
the $2,000 range which doesn't seem too unreasonable to me.
Keith bought a modern print made using the original wood blocks.
However, I didn't purchase any prints, as I'm still trying to figure
out where to put the Beatles prints I bought back
. But I did buy a book that they made there, on the
art and process of doing wood-cut prints. It's a step-by-step
book that shows each phase in the process, pretty neat. Ask to
see it when I get back. The store is located in Shinbashi
upscale area south of Ginza
Here's the cover of the book:
As usual, we took the subway as our way to get around, and here's some
highlights from that. The sign that indicates the subway system,
which is important to know, because unlike a lot of other cities, the
commuter rail lines (JR and others) share a lot of stations with the
subway, and in a few cases share tracks. So look for the big blue
sign with the "M". Inside, we also liked the limousine bus
advertising sign telling you to Enjoooooooy! and that it is Smoooooooth!
Apparently Andrew Lloyd Webber is popular here as well, and a couple of
productions are coming to town.
A couple of shots of the area around the hotel, and from the Tokyo
Prince where the Friendly Limousine Bus stops.
A reflection of the Tokyo Tower in a local building:
Keith in front of Zojo-bi Buddhist temple, next to the Tokyo
Prince. I noticed that a lot of you downloaded the 24-meg Shibuya Crossing video
and we decided
to record a new video for your amusement, available
. We call it "Noisy Fountain." Enjoy!
And finally, another set of ham radio antennas.