These are some of the new drawings in my Hidenoya Sketchbook.
A slice of cake with a scoop of ice cream at the Cafe. I found this fragrant white ginger flower on the way.
My toilet and front hallway with the entrance door by where people take off their street shoes and put on slippers. There are separate toilet slippers and one is supposed to change into them when using the toilet. This is the same in office buildings too. What strikes me as odd though is how in some schools you put on slippers when you enter the school and leave your shoes at the entrance. Then you walk about 10-20 steps and before you enter the principal’s office where the meeting will take place you leave your school slippers at the door and change into slightly fancier slippers to be worn in that room only. A previous artist in residence who was born and raised in New York City told me this story: working late one night in her studio which happened to be in the school she accidentally tripped the alarm, which rang at the the police station. She was listening to really loud rock music so didn’t hear when the two policemen walked into her studio and was startled when she noticed them. She thought she was in trouble until she looked down and saw that the stern-faced officers wearing slippers. Someone also told me about a burglar who was caught when he stopped on his way out from the house he robbed to put on his street shoes which he obediently removed after breaking and entering.
Karin, Rika and I went to the beach on Sunday near Tokushima City. I swam in the pleasantly warm water.
I brought back some shells, snails and driftwood. I found beautiful oyster shells on the beach.
Something I picked up on the way to the shrine that houses the Sakura fusuma-e puppet theater. It fell out of a tree, some sort of seed pod I think, very woody and thick.
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