First, let me tell you about my love for Vincent Van Gogh. He is one of the few painters I truly admire. Not only was he ahead of his time, he was also a gifted and prolific (letter) writer. That he was a pained and broken man, yet rendered the most vibrant of colors, makes me love him even more. I own four Van Goghs– all reproductions, of course. I brought them home from Vietnam ten years ago. While one is a copy of the bright and hopeful ‘Sunflowers’, three are self-portraits painted at different points in his life. Each time I look at these images, I see the slow…
I had the chance to travel to Tokyo, Japan last week to attend the Japan Prize International Contest for Educational Media. It was all at once exciting, exhilarating and nerve-wracking to be in such a beautiful and vibrant city. Needless to say, I was filled with mixed emotions the whole time because I was both joining an international competition and visiting Japan for the first time. I will tell you all about it in the next few days. For now, here are some of the first few images I took of Shibuya Ward in Tokyo.