if anyone knows of other such places in Japan with a similar killer combi of good (cool & low humidity) weather + good natural setting & views (mountains, oceans, e more drama e better!) + quiet + good art + good architecture (& use of natural light) + great sense of __B_I_G___F_A_T___S_P_A_C_E__, do let e cat (& changkel) know!
think e cat's affinity for such places has its roots in discarded condemned copies of Pacific Friend magazine salvaged from school libraries that carried feature articles on such places. & some scene in an old j-dorama (aishiteiru to itte kure 愛していると言ってくれ say you love me) filmed in a place that looks like a beautiful art museum. e cat has this strange ability to watch TV shows with 90-100% of its attention on e location/backdrop & birds flying past & trains passing by & trees bending in e wind in e background & 0-10% on e human actors/actresses that are blocking e cat's view of e backdrop.
but e site of artistic incidents & Hakone OAM have to wait for their turn.
for now: Miho Museum in Shiga prefecture + Ando Tadao's 陶板名画の庭 Garden of Fine Art & B-LOCK in Kyoto + certain temples & gardens that e cat once had to study for its architecture cross-faculty module + plenty of trails in e mountains to e north & northwest of Kyoto. this will be Japan trip #2 autumn 2005. #1 was in late spring of 2002.
*sigh* even before going on #2 e cat is already dreaming of places to escape to for #3 (Hokkaido national parks?), #4 & beyond....
view from 24F of Pathumwan Princess (10-Q Mee for putting us up there!!). e cat spent a bit of time indulging in one of e favourite activities of cats around e world - sitting curled up beside e large window & watching e world go by....extremely satisfying =)
there will be joggers at both of e National Stadium tracks, & soccer players training in e stadium pitch & takraw players in a multi-purpose court near MBK. & university students in their white shirt + black pants/skirt uniforms making their way to e Chulalongkorn campus & younger students to e super prestigious Triam Udom Suksaa school. & teenagers heading for e private tuition centres & TOEFL/SAT/etc prep centres & cram schools in Siam Square. & tourists & shoppers streaming in & out of MBK, Siam Discovery Centre, Siam Centre & Siam Square. & BTS skytrains plastered with colourful adverts pulling in & out of National Stadium & Siam stations. & green+yellow, blue+red & pink taxis, motorcycle taxis with their 'drivers' in faded orange vests, blue & red BKS buses & air con 'microbuses'. & 'normal' police & tourist police officers & soi dogs on e streets. & e wooden structures of Baan Jim Thompson sitting quietly at e end of Soi Kasemsan 2 while e rest of Bangkok around it turns into concrete. & e landmark Baiyoke Sky Plaza towering over e rest of Pratunam.
e view makes e cat miss Bayshore Park.
leaving Don Muang as storm clouds from tropical storm Vicente moved in. realised that this is e first time in at least 10 years that e cat has encountered rain in Thailand....almost all its trips here have been during e hot & dry or cool & dry seasons.
 Fish & Co @ 'glass house' after 2nd talk:
 before taking down e exhibition....
main display - front:
main display - reverse:
panel from main display - GPS mapping:
panel from main display:
whole greater than e sum of its individual parts - always amazed by what e combined efforts of e team can cook up =)
cat kena tou1 pai1:
a lot more, but e librarian said that we couldn't take photos of our own exhibition....! but she was kind enough to get us boxes (we'd forgotten to bring any) to pack e exhibits for transport to e next venue at D|S|T|A. initially thought that e post-expedition exihibition would be a one-off thing, but now it is going places, including NUS central forum in Jan 2006, which makes it even more worth e effort =)