Autumn in Japan

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Not quite Autumn, Miyajima Island, near Hiroshima, 28 October
Not quite Autumn, Miyajima Island, near Hiroshima, 28 October

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Japan in Autumn, 2013

Motsu-ji Temple, Pure land or 'Buddhist Paradise' Garden, Hiraizumi, 8 November
Motsu-ji Temple, Pure land or ‘Buddhist Paradise’ Garden, Hiraizumi, 8 November

Introduction

When I was doing my postgraduate research, I found that Canberra in Australia — where I have lived most and reside now — has four seasons of almost exactly three months each. This may be changing with climate change. When the rains come at the right times, spring and autumn in Canberra can be spectacular. The blossoms from fruit and artificial fruit trees and the autumn leaves are everywhere, because Canberra is an artificial city (sheep paddocks in 1927) it is full of exotic northern hemisphere vegetation. Canberra as the capital of Australia was built as a compromise to assuage Sydney and Melbourne rivalry and positioned inland enough to be out of the range of naval guns (didn’t last).

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Addicted to Sumo too

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Photo: Simon Q Flickr, Wikimedia, Sumo bow-twirling ceremony, May 2014
Photo: Simon Q Flickr, Wikimedia, Sumo bow-twirling ceremony, May 2014

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Sumo Wrestling Japan

Introduction

We made our first trip to Japan from 16 October to 25 November 2013. A friend had done a textile tour with Shuji Yamazaki a couple of years previously and had convinced us to join his Autumn Tour from 6 to 20 November. Because it was late in the year (becoming cold), we’d decided to go on our own for two weeks before joining up with Shuji, rather than doing this afterwards. Continue reading “Addicted to Sumo too”

Large dams 3: Oustees India

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On the Godavari River, 2009
On the Godavari River, 2009

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Oustees across India : The tragedy of displaced people

Introduction

The case study of India is representative of other countries with large poor populations but the numbers of people displaced by dams in India is at the extreme end of the spectrum.

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Use By 2002: my first art exhibition

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Use By Invitation 2002
Use By Invitation 2002

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Accidental artist

We came back to Canberra from Brisbane in April 2000. My job in Brisbane had come to an end and I was in no hurry to work. I began looking for an icon that represented the late twentieth century and part of my lifetime. I’d been thinking of computer chips and boards and vaguely thought of making art.

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