12/28/2013

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach was held from 5th to 8th December.

Originally, Art Basel is a world-biggest contemporary art fair annually held in Basel, Switzerland since 1970. Now Art Basel grows to a world-wide contemporary art fair annually held in Miami Beach and Hong Kong as well as Basel.

This year, Art Basel Miami Beach was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. 258 galleries from 31 countries attended this art fair for demonstrating the latest modern and contemporary art. During this period, galleries which did not officially attend Art Basel Miami Beach provided various art events. As I had received an invitation letter for the reception held around NE 24th Street, Miami, where originally warehouses and now many modern art galleries gather, I visited one of the galleries wearing a kimono.

Miami uptown including NE 24th street is the area where many violent crimes occur. I went through dark roads at night. Various wall pictures abruptly appeared inside the dilapidated town. The photos show that neighborhood.



The reception was hosted by Kristian Schmidt, who had worked with Prince William and David Beckham, and loves Japan. He had received the Grammy Award for the music video.

After we park a car near the gallery, I walked to the gallery at a quick pace. I felt relaxed when I entered the gallery. As you see the photo, many fashionable people gathered inside the gallery.


The title of the exhibition was “Whale Shark Series”. As I wore a kimono, Kristian himself talked to me about staying at Tokyo. He took his photos in Philippines. Finally he and I were taken a picture in front of his representative work.


The art world suddenly appeared in the dilapidated warehouse town looked similar as old Tribeca in New York. Inside of the gallery was completely different from outside. I can understand why galleries gather in this area.
The photos show the gallery. His works were wonderful.





I enjoyed the reception, but because I feared safety of this area a little, I went back home after the short stay. 
Thank you for the invitation and courtesy by Kristian.

12/12/2013

Add small 1s


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SKYwtTFijrE/UqDpz7llx7I/AAAAAAAAE9Y/Vr8AXbcExAY/s1600/DSC06126.JPG A reception on His Majesty the Emperor birthday was held at the Japan consulate general ambassador's residence in Florida on December 3. I was invited to participate this reception sequentially last year. This photo shows the pool side of the ambassador's residence.

I met no acquaintance at the reception last year, but this year, in the meeting place of the reception, I met several people to whom I instructed how to put on kimono, and I helped one person to put on a kimono on the day of the reception.

Before the reception, someone talked to me, “I had abandoned my hope to wear a kimono, but I get motivated to wear it thanks to Hiro.“ I was very happy. I always remember the words by the kimono Prof. Suzuki, a late great dean of Komagome Waso Academy: “Kimono need to be wore by heart.“

Last year I imagined that it was very hard to build a new business from scratch in the area which I did not know and where I had no acquaintances. But I accidentally met a person who had wanted to wear a kimono in Miami, gradually I had a wider circle of potential kimono lovers, and then, I added small 1 to my accomplishment.

Takafumi Horie, a former big Japanese IT company president, wrote a book “ZERO“. Its subtitle is “I will add small 1s to myself who don't have any ability.“ I have not yet read this book, but this subtitle directly reaches my heart.

I decided that I would continue to add small 1s. It takes a lot of courage to make a step. But this small step blooms a little flower one year later.

The photo shows Ms. Kubota, who created flower arrangement for the reception at the ambassador's residence, and me.

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