Andrew’s world in Japan

Andrew Artist & researcher based in KL since 2009, passionately exploringandrew

the creativprocess &connecting with other creative people.

 Near A Castle Or Modern Building Part 2 -Time & space documented-

Near Nagoya Castle I witness a young woman practicing the trumpet. She was nestled in a set of benches along the open air of a fall garden pathway. Isolated and private, yet in public view. The nearest people at that time who might possibly be disturbed was a few fellas playing baseball. All taking place near a historic landmark which serves as a public community space as well as a tourist attraction. Some cities in the world tend to chase their citizens away from shared public spaces. On a visit to a Cuban beach, it was noted that armed soldiers keep locals away from the “public” beach. It was only available to foreign tourists.

The train of thought in this brief article is one of those attempts to jump convention and perform a feat such as Jack tackling the giant in a fairy tale. I draw inspiration from having the opportunity to witness people in action. These acts that at fi rst seem so typical and frivolous, yet also fi ll a more precious role in human creativity. Acted out in a shared space, without fear. Where I grew up in the United States, most youth are relegated to fi nd a friends empty basement or garage whose parents don’t mind a bit of racket emanating from these buried hidden corners of that society. As I have stated, this use of public space may ony be a spectacle to me as it’s not so common to witness in this form where I grew up. What else do we really have to relate to but our own upbringing? Initially at least. San Francisco has areas in China Town where people bet andrew2on their mah jong games. There is another area along Market St where people place bets on their chess games. All this basically out in the public view. Most people performing in public are busking, attempting to get tips for sharing their art. These Western urban environments seem so driven by commerce. Practice is to be done privately, in a studio, gym or basement. Something about the act of practice in Japan almost seems to embody the motion of living.

Of this meander through a path of experience, I’d like to clasp the collar of society and pop it open. These simple words aim only to expose a simple soul that we all share. Publically, people can happen upon these actions and photograph them. Privately it is a bit more diffi cult. One would have to know that something is happening fi rst off. Then follow that up by making an entry and formally documenting it. So if you know of something you thinking interesting to photograph and document, be it public or private, please put me on the trail.

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