Overlooked gems in Japan as seen through the eyes of artist Gail Rieke

by Gail Rieke,  Japan Living Arts, artist-at-large

A joy like none other…
returning to Japan over and over…
camera in hand…
eyes and heart wide open

a stroll down Teramchi Street in Kyoto…
collage of asking for blessing

the collaboration of people and nature
paints masterpieces on the walls…



Kanazawa… the whole town seems asleep
as the sun arises…
the shine of after rain…

Nara…
fall bouquets of hue
and an inscrutable palimpsest of messages

Omori-cho…
an abandoned mining town
made to live again

Hagi…
catching this moment of light and shadow

My dreams are full of these images.
I am honored to share them with you.


Gail Rieke is an internationally recognized collage/ assemblage/ installation artist and teacher who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She is also publishes monthly blog, ridetheflyingcarpet.blogspot.com.   Gail has traveled to Japan many time over the years, and has co-lead numerous tours with Steve Beimel.

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3 Comments

  1. A wonderful eye ! Omedeto gozaimasu.

  2. I feel transported to the land of wabi sabi through your lens.
    Omedeto gozaimasu!

  3. I don’t need supper now after that feast!
    Such wonderful textures, subtle colors & marvelous
    patterns set up mostly by time, weather & the artist’s eye.
    Thank you, Gail & Steve

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