19 December 2007

Ameyoko

Ameyoko in Ueno is one of the most famous markets in Tokyo. When December comes the market is vigorous. A lot of small shops sell in a open air line up, as shown in the photograph. Various goods are sold, such as food and clothing all at reasonable prices. In the bag I am holding I have purchased dried cuttlefish squid from North Korea. It is very delicious with Chochu ( a kind of alcohol ) one of my favorites. This year will be over soon. Have a Merry Christmas!!



19 December 2007




28 November 2007

My work is in the museum in France

The miniature museum, Muse International de la Miniature in Lyon France is now showing my small structure, A Solitary World. They have the piece exhibited at the entrance of the museum.
Their website: http://www.mimlyon.com/.
A Japanese friend of mine, Mrs. Miyuki Mori went to the museum and took pictures of my work and sent them to me. She said in French "I came from Japan to take pictures of my friend Ichiyoh Haga's work, is that all right?" She was kindly greeted and entered the museum free. I want to thank Miyuki for sending me the much appreciated pictures shown below. I hope to see the exhibit myself one day.



Photography: Miyuki Mori

28 November 2007




15 October 2007

The Party

The other day my students and I opened the reception party for our exhibition at Kotsu-kaikan in Yurakucho. It was very much fun. Here is the picture, I am in the center.



Photography: Itaru Watanave

15 October 2007




25 September 2007

It's still hot!

For the last three months I have been running around Tokyo having my exhibitions. Starting in June at Aoyama, followed by Ginza in July and in August Nihonbashi. I just finished participating in the Mono Creation 2007, held in Tokyo Big Sight on September 9th and 10th. The picture below was taken at the event. There were twenty thousand visitors for the two days. Now I am preparing for the next exhibition at Kotsu-kaikan in Yurakucho scheduled to begin the end of this month. So I am still busy and it is still hot in Tokyo. Now it is 30 degrees centigrade (86F) during the day.




25 September 2007




12 August 2007

It's Terribly Hot

On July 29th the National Elections were held. Resulting in the National Democratic Party taking a historical crushing defeat. Prime Minister as usual suffers the consequences and is resigning. However, Prime Minister Mr. Shinzou Abe declared he would never resign. Media is covering this almost everyday now. I went to see the Prime Minister when he made a speech near the town where I live ( picture below ). The person with the hands raised is Mr. Abe, the one with the microphone giving the speech is the Governor of Tokyo Mr. Shintarou Ishihara.
It has bee terribly hot in Tokyo every day with the temperatures reaching 35C and 95F. With a exhibition scheduled for Aug 22nd at Takashimaya Department store in Nihonbashi the heat is making my preparations more difficult. I am making many small things to sell and repairing some larger works to exhibit in the hall. The area is large so I will have a lot to display. For details on seeing this exhibit click on the left index




12 August 2007




16 June 2007

I am opening a exhibition

My exhibition at Aoyama is now opening until June 30th. I just finished participating in the Tom Bishop InternationalMiniature Show this last weekend. Mr Bishop did not attend the show himself and there were not many foreign dealers however there were a good number of visitors.
I carried my works into the show hall on Friday. The article in the Asahi newspaper came out that morning . Asahi is a first class newspaper in Japan and the article was a good size. I received a phone call from the gallery saying "So many customers are coming please come and help". Unfortunately, I was busy at the miniature show and could not leave to go help at that time. The article has increased my business at Aoyama making me very happy.



My Exhibition at Aoyama

16 June 2007




23 May 2007

Exhibition

My exhibition of my work will open at Aoyama
Titled: " The Exhibition of Dioramart"
Place: Gallery Space Intart
Address:2-9-15 Kita-Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone:03-347-8606
URL:http://www.forza.co.jp/intart/
Date June 1st-30th 2007
Open: 12:AM-21:00PM ( 12:00 AM-18:00PM only on the final day)
Admission: Free

The Gallery owner gave it the name Dioramart. meaning Diorama plus Art.
Since this is a long exhibit we are dividing it into two parts, the first part will focus mainly on the structures works on (June 1st -15th). The second part will be the Art In A Box on (June16th-30th).
Aoyama is a trendy district in Tokyo where there is a well known baseball stadium near the gallery. Honda also has their main office building there. If you live in the area please stop and see the exhibit




23 May 2007




26 April 2007

AKIHABARA

Akihabara has been the hottest place in Tokyo for years. The town has been known for all things electronic. Recently the young people have been coming from all over the world due to the increase in computer games and their figures, including plastic models and comic books. They visit Akihabara from China, India and the USA. Tokyo is redeveloping this district so you see many new huge buildings in succession. The picture below was taken in front of JR Akihabara station at 5PM. The evenings are always this crowded. A large yellow neon sign located in the center of the picture has letters in red and blue saying "The Radio Building in The World Though at Akihabara". It seems old fashion to me! I go to this building often since this is where my shelves of small works and miniature parts are kept in the hobby shop, the Yellow Submarine locate on the 7th floor. Please stop by and see for yourself this growing area of Tokyo. The address is 1-15 -16 Soto-kanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Phone number for the Yellow Submarine: 03-3526-3071.





26 April 2007




25 March 2007

The most famous ramen restaurant.

For several weeks the news has been covering the story of a tiny ramen restaurant called Taishyo-ken in downtown Tokyo will be closing on March 20th. I couldn't wait after hearing that news to get to the restaurant before it closed since I love the restaurant. The first picture shows a led tent in the center. The entrance of the restaurant is under the tent. The entrance is out of view because of the crowds of people. The second picture shows the entrance behind me. There were over a hundred media people representing TV, radio and newspapers while I was there. Since there were three hundred meters or more of people that day I didn't eat there. This is the most famous ramen restaurant in Japan now.







25 March 2007




5 March 2007

Wonder Festival

I participated in the Wonder Festival last Sunday, the biggest hobby show in Japan. Held a few times each year. I have visited the show several times but this time I had a booth as a dealer. There are always exhibits at the show of computer game figures, plastic models and toys. Never feeling that my work would fit in I never participated. Having a dealer had cancel right before the show they requested me. Being very nervous before the show I was pleasantly surprised at how many people crowded my booth all wanting to take pictures of my work. Name cards disappeared right away and many of my books and small things sold well. Some people wanted to sign on as students for my craft class.
This show is always held in the huge facility called the Tokyo Big Sight, which faces Tokyo Bay. The numbers visiting the show, held for only one day reaches numbers from thirty to forty thousands from all over the world. Now I am hoping to participate again.




Pictured behind my work is a one of my students that helped me for the day.

5 March 2007




9 February 2007

The Pictures of the Exhibition

The picture below is the scene at the Kotsu-Kaikan in Yurakucho, May 2006. At this exhibition I did the performance demonstration in the corner of the gallery. I made may miniatures such as chairs, stepladders etc. while the visitors watched. In the center of the picture is my wife. I recently put a lot of pictures of this exhibition in the Scenes form Exhibition section. I expect the frequency of the exhibition to increase this year. Only two of the Next Exhibitions are on this site at this time. We are discussing three or four other opportunities for my exhibition. There will be a lot of pressure this year.




Photography: Itaru Watanave

9 February 2007




29 January 2007

My Favorite Restaurant

Across the street from my studio is a small but wonderful Korean roast meat style restaurant. The owner of the restaurant has started to decorate his restaurant walls with pictures of my work. When I have visitors to my studio I often take them there. Since my work was shown on the TV last December, there have been a lot of visitors to my studio. I have been there five times just last week. Making this restaurant my most frequented.




The owner of the restaurant (left) and my wife (center).

29 January 2007




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