Thursday, July 15, 2010

We buzzed by the Norton Simon Museum to see a retrospective of Utagawa Hiroshige's mid-nineteenth century woodblock prints. I'd seen originals from the series '53 Views of the Tokkaido' and '100 Views of Edo' before; it was nice to see them all together.

I responded most to the last room, views of birds and flowers.

Perused the museum book store, picked up a recent (2006) volume of (mostly historic) Japanese prints focused on kites.

The museum has a lovely garden. Observed several species of dragon flies flitting over the lotus pads. Perfect place to sip an iced tea on a hot day. Or paint.

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