Haiku

A Memorable Excursion to Idyllic Takataki Lake – Part 2: Scenic Walk, Museum and Shrine

2018-01-31 12:51

Continuing from last week, when we reviewed the quaint and scenic Kominato Line which purrs along with its diesel engine and diminutive two-carriage length on its path through mostly unmanned stations dotting the countryside of Boso Peninsula, this week, we’ve finally arrived at our destination, Takataki Lake. Here’s where we left off, at Takataki Station: Source: Grape Japan Once you exit Takataki Station and walk a few yards straight ahead, turn left onto the main road. Then, take your first left as indicated below: Source: Grape Japan Go through the railroad crossing and begin walking up the hill on the left side of the road. Just before entering the forested…


Japanese Illustrator Turns Life’s Awkward Yet Totally Relatable Moments Into Ukiyoe-Style Drawings

2017-07-10 02:18

It’s a given that life has a bottomless stock of awkward moments for us to experience. But we tend to forget that we’re all human, and a lot of what we go through are relatable to the vast majority of people just trying to live their lives. Japanese illustrator Takayuki Yamada jots down such moments and turns them into relatable haikus written alongside ukiyoe-style illustrations. Though a web designer by day, in his free time the Fukuoka-based artist conjures his alter ego Yamada Zenjidou, a haiku poet from the Bakumatsu-Meiji periods living in a modernized society. Using the voice of Zenjidou, Yamada creates artwork reminiscent of traditional Japanese art that…