30 December 2008

Kadoebi

I began making rooms in a old licensed quarters in 1/6th scale. They are the rooms of the brothel, Kadoebi. in Yoshiwara. Yoshiwara is a place that was over crowded with brothels in the Edo period (about 100-400 years ago). Kadoebi was the most famous brothel in Yoshiwara. The rooms have been reguested by a doll writer (artist) for a wealthy client. I have to complete the work by the end of February. She will place her dolls in the rooms and deliver it to the descendant of the Kadoebi. I am seriously working on this commission now.



Kadoebi

30 December 2008




17 November 2008

Design Festa

I participated in a event called the Design Festa (Design Festival) that was held in Tokyo Big Sight, on November 8th and 9th. 60 thousand people attended the two day event. The sponsor said it was the biggest art event held in Asia. I was quite pleased because my booth always had a large crowd of people. My booth was visited by people from all over the world. Possibly some English people are reading this for the first time. I want to thank all of you that stopped by to see my work. My very best regards to you all, I hope you visit again.



At the Design Festa
Photography: Seiichi Ito

17 November 2008




8 November 2008

Philadelphia

I attended the Philadelphia miniature show as a customer last week. The show was called Full Steam Ahead. Tom Bishop is not the producer of the show but he was in attendance. He seemed surprised to see me there. I met many of my acquaintances. I was happy to be pleasantly greeted. I arrived at the Philadelphia airport at 11:00 PM on October 30th. My hotel was located in the center of downtown. The next morning at 7:00 AM I was amazed when I looked out my hotel window and saw a huge crowd of people. I came to realize that the Philadelphia Phillie's won the World Series the night before. All the people in the city were over joyed over the win. There was constant shouting. My plan to see the city that day was quickly changed when I saw that maneuvering the city streets was impossible and the restaurants were all packed with fans. I kept busy in the art museum until show time that evening.



Philadelphia
7:00 AM October 31st.

8 November 2008




10 October 2008

Mr Ishinomori's desk

Mr. Shotarou Ishinomorie passed away in 1998, however he is still knows as one of the greatest comic writers in Japan to this day.
His website: http://en.ishimoripro.com/index2.php
Recently Mr. Ishinomori's museum commissioned me to make a miniature of his desk in his den that he used to write comic books. I started the work in August and just finished the end of September. It is all in 1/12 scale. The bottom of the work is a wooden disk of 30 centimeters (12") in diameter. The height is about 25 centimeters (10"). The work was immediately exhibited in Manga-kan in Miyagai prefecture.




10 October 2008




31 August 2008

At Gallery Yujitsu

My exhibition is opening at the Gallery Yujitsu in Utsunomiya city, it will run through September 17 2008. Utsunomiya city is approximately 100 miles north of Tokyo. The gallery is inside a big stone warehouse. It makes a wonderful setting for a art exhibition. Details are below.

Title: Paris, Ichiyoh Haga's Work Exhibition
URL: http://www.yujitsu.com/en/
Place: Gallery Yujitsu
Address: 1-7-10- Yoshino Utsunomiya City Tochigi Prefecture
Phone: 028-633-6285
Date: August 17th - September 17th, 2008
Open: 11:00 am-1800pm (closed Tuesdays )
Admission: 500 yen




At Gallery Yujitsu

31 August 2008




27 July 2008

My visit to a Ghost Town

Mid July of this year, I made a visit to a Ghost Town in California USA (formally "Bodie State Historic Park").
It was a trip to deepen my understanding of a old American harness shop for my commission to make such a shop from Thief River. I thought at first it might be sufficient for me to make a visit to some Western Village type tourist spot somewhere in the US. A American friend gave me the idea to visit the Ghost Town. I decided to travel all the way from Tokyo to visit this Ghost Town. I transferred planes to a small mini plane and landed in Reno Nevada on July 16th. This is where the so-called Gold Rush started in the USA. I rented a car from the airport and started south on Route 395 along the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I was moving into the state of California, deep into the mountains.
Traveling the bumpy road to the east in my field of vision suddenly I saw the Town- partially ruined "Bodie Gold Town"
From he top of the hill we could see the view of the town which looked to me to be about 10 times the size of the Tokyo baseball stadiums. I could imagine the population of several thousand in 1870's. There were 50 to 100 various ragged vacant houses and structures total. There was a wooden church at the entrance of town, then a grocery store, a pub, a clothing store on main street. At last a shop that looked to be used as a harness shop. A large graveyard was on the hill with many that must of been born and died in town.
Assuming none of the original residence where still here, I felt a little unnerved walking along the deserted streets. Actually I came across a couple dozen tourists scattered here and there in town. In the center of town there was a shabby rather gloomy souvenir shop well worn out. It is open to the public, attended by a bearded old man. It was also a sort of museum casually displaying various articles that people used in that period. Among them were articles that belonged to Annie Clayton, such as a pair of Victorian shoes, hat and a pair of completely dried up gloves. A oval framed photo of Annie looked beautiful smiling at all who came to visit. Behind the photo was a eye-catching funeral coach serving as the showpiece of the place. It looked like a pumpkin coach from the Cinderella story but flat and had many carvings everywhere making it look like a first class piece of artwork.
Having a good look at the harness related things I felt satisfied because they were much as I had imagined them. I spent three hours there and took many pictures and stayed longer then I planned. I drove west after leaving Bodie Ghost Town crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains eventually into San Francisco. I will continue the story of this trip at a later time.




27 July 2008




22 July 2008

Microcosmos

I completed one project this month. The picture belows shows the piece right before it was done. There is a painting in the center without a name. There was no sign attached at this stage. I had no idea what to name this work. I thought of "Night in Saint Denis" or "At Saint Denis"? I wanted to place something? that was suitable, maybe a lions face or angel. I could not come up with the appropriate thing so I put a small round plate with the name of my company Microcosmos. It became the signboard on this cafe bar. I decided to name this work Microcosmos. I am not sure this is a very good title for a French work but the work is very good. The finished piece is already published in the Art In A Box section on the back page.




22 July 2008




22 July 2008

We went to a gorgeous Restaurant

My mother celebrated her 88th birthday. She is a healthy 88 years old. We say that age "BEIJU" and celebrate. My family took our mother out to a gorgeous restaurant called CHINZANSOU. In the picture below my mother is on the left, I am in the center and my younger sister Yoko is next to me. My mother has 2 children, myself and my younger sister Yoko. The lunch for 9 of us was approximately 1,400.00. WOW!!



Photography: Shinichirou Niwa

7 July 2008




1 June 2008

Harness Shop

I will be trying to make a harness shop from the old America. I plan to complete it by the end of 2009. The picture shows the inside of the store. Since the photograph is old, it is not really giving me the detail I would like. You can see many horse collars hanging on the back wall. There are many containers piled on the floor. On the right wall are things that appear to be metal or maybe wood. Possible other tack that goes along with horse harnesses. I am still trying to figure out exactly what they are. Possible part of the harness that connects the horse to the wagons or stagecoach. If any of you are familiar with anything you observe in the picture please feel free to email me and let me know your opinions. Thank you!




1 June 2008




30 April 2008

Au Bougnat Blanc

Recently I produced a Art In A Box work "Au Bougnat Blanc" (a white coal merchant). It is a actual cafe bar in Paris from World War 2. I copied the bar as shown in the photograph below. I used the photograph to copy it as is shown in the photo. There is a large sign with the name Au Bougnat Blanc. I completed the work a few months ago. It took me a long time to show this here because I did not understand the meaning on the sign. I needed to examine it closely. I inquired to some friends that are familiar with French for the meaning of Au Bougnat Blanc however they were unable to help me. Suddenly I remembered the name of a miniaturist, Ms Anny Dubois who lives in Belgium. I emailed her with my question. She herself did not know either but she asked a French friend.
Au Bougnat Blanc means coal merchant and Blanc means white. So white coal merchant did not make much sense, especially for a restaurant. BUT a Bougnat Blanc is a typical drink in a part of France named Auvergne (white wine plus blackcurrant liquor). Now I understand!! Au Bougnat Blac is the name of a alcohol. That is why they have it mentioned on the sign board. My work "Au Bougnat Blanc" is pictured in the section of Art In A Box on the back page.
I participated in the miniature show in Chicago held the beginning of April. I plan to attend again in 2010.




30 April 2008




31 March 2008

Nicorette Pub

The year before last I made a background to be used for the quit smoking chewing gum, Nicorette TV CM. The pub is the traditional style Japanese bar restaurant. As a child there were many restaurants like this, but these days there are few. Most being replaced by modern restaurants. Recently I made the new section. There are a lot of pictures here so please click the button on the lower right of the front page of my "Works" to have a look.
I will be participating in the Tom Bishop International show the first weekend of April. My English is not that good but please stop by and say hello to me, I look forward to seeing you there.



Nicorette Pub

31 March 2008




10 February 2008

Miniature Collector

Miniature Collector magazine has two of my works in their January 2008 issue. I am very pleased to be represented in their magazine. I will have these two works Le Pingouin Bar and Boulangerie at the Chicago International show the first weekend in April.



10 February 2008




2 January 2008

A Happy New Year

I had a lot of exhibitions last year. The year has ended with my running around different sites so I was not able to finish up some of my work. My New Year target is to get them finished.
In the picture below, I am standing at the gate of a old temple. The big white characters read Hon-nouji which a very famous temple in Kyoto. The greatest lord, Nobunaga Oda died in this temple in the old times. Nobunaga is a general that is loved most by all Japanese to this day.



2 January 2008




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