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The day began at Meiji Shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. I could hardly wait to get to our Sumi-e class at Carre Moji.  This is one of the most elegant galleries in Japan devoted to the most expressive Sumi painting and calligraphy.  Each of us had our places set with all the implements we would need and the setting was so inspiring I could scarcely concentrated.  Excited X ten!  Miss Judith has been studying Calligraphy with Shantien ‘Tom’ Chow in my studio for some time and took right to it but Eileen has never even held a brush!  I must say after she realized we wouldn’t send her work to the Louvre she got right into it!

I was honored by our teacher, master calligrapher & Sumi artist Madoka Yokoyama and there was lots of bowing & kind comments.

Everyone did beautifully….we learned many new things and had so much fun! Wilbur and Pam are quite possibly the dearest couple and as they’ve been studying with me, had no trouble getting ‘into it’.  Our ‘teacher’ later commented on how free the group was….each going along their own journey
Bonnie & Charlie are loved by all.  It’s their amazing joie de vivre, as they take delight in each and every precious1 moment and their educated enthusiasm is contagous!

Good job Pam!

Bonnie really gets into it! Amy, our guide is interpreting our teacher’s comments.
Boyd, another student of Tom’s had great fun!
Yours truly with Master Calligrapher Madoka Yokoyama.
I think Madoka wisely decided to just let loose of the reins!
Wilbur and Pam loved seeing the gallery as did we all!
With gallery owner Fumitaka Ueno

Some of the artwork in the gallery.

I was on cloud 9 all day!
The Cherry blossoms are coming into their full glory (they will barely last 2 weeks.)

Off to the Tokyo National Museum in Tokyo’s Ueno Park….a portal to the creative Japanese world dating all the way back to the year 10,000 B.C.

Hi Pam!
Back to the hotel and then everyone went to  the Akasaka area to a Karaoke Club and word has it they had a hylariously fun time.  I stayed at the hotel still dreaming of our time at Carre Moji & went to the 40th floor for a lovely ‘Italian’ dinner.

This was the lovliest salad ever!

A perfect Japanese fillet.

Ending a perfect day.

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