Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

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Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby hew&saturation » Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:33 pm

Hello everyone! :wave: This is my first sketchcrawl. I went alone since there were no responses to my call.

I just started grad school at Kyoto University. There was an orientation trip for incoming international students which I joined. The destination was Uji, a city south of Kyoto.

Firstly we had an orientation talk, then left for Uji from the campus by bus.

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View from the bus.

We had a yatsubashi 八つ橋 (a type of traditional Japanese sweet) hands-on making activity. Yatsubashi is triangular shaped skin of flour, with a sweet bean paste filling inside. We made three flavours, original, chocolate and strawberry.

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IMG_8447 by hew&saturation, on Flickr
Students hard at work.

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IMG_8466 by hew&saturation, on Flickr
Sakura mochi, another type of Japanese sweet. It has a sticky rice skin with a sweet filling of red bean. Very yummy. :) The style differs for other regions in Japan. This one is Kansai-style.

Next, we went to Byodo-in (平等院) temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Uji. The Phoenix Hall of the temple is featured at the back of the 10-yen coin. The Phoenix Hall is so called because of its shape and two phoenix statues on its roof. This temple is exemplary of Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) architecture. Together with its garden, the temple represents the Pure Land Paradise and has influenced later temple construction. It was initially built in 998 as a countryside retreat villa for a powerful politician, then converted into a temple later by his son.

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IMG_8532 by hew&saturation, on Flickr
Phoenix Hall of Byodo-in.

After that, we continued to the traditional fabric painting hands-on activity at the factory. Each of us painted one handkerchief with a famous Kyoto building on it.

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IMG_8585 by hew&saturation, on Flickr
Students being shown how to do the painting. Basically it's a succession of a few stencils where each one is painted with a different colour.

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IMG_8651 by hew&saturation, on Flickr
My final results of the traditional handkerchief painting and yatsubashi making activity. The building depicted on my handkerchief is Kiyomizu-dera, a famous temple in Kyoto. I had those yatsubashi for supper last night.

***And now for the sketches*** I sketched there, then inked and painted at home since I was on a group (non-sketching) trip and short of time.

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IMG_0001 by hew&saturation, on Flickr
Ingredients for the yatsubashi making. The big bowl on the right is soybean flour, the three smaller bowls are different types of flavoured fillings. The little containers on the left are flavouring for the dough.

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IMG_0002 by hew&saturation, on Flickr
The girl opposite me, concentrating on rolling her dough.

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IMG_0003 by hew&saturation, on Flickr
Saw this in the gift shop. It's another type of traditional Japanese sweet, called Usagi daifuku (rabbit daifuku) うさぎ大福. It's just too cute to be eaten >_<

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IMG_0004 by hew&amp;saturation, on Flickr
View of Byodo-in.

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IMG_0005 by hew&amp;saturation, on Flickr
Cherry blossom tree at Byodo-in garden. Surprised to still see cherry blossoms (I thought they have all fallen already, at least here in Kyoto.)

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IMG_0006 by hew&amp;saturation, on Flickr
A lady working on traditional fabric painting at the factory. In front of her are the assortment of paints and brushes she uses.

It's been a long long day. :) See you next sketchcrawl!

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby TETSU » Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:53 pm

Wow Kyoto!
Wellcome to SketchCrawl!

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby Shaolin7 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:10 pm

Very cool, a sketchcrawl inception in Kyoto! That's great, though I'm sorry to hear you didn't have anyone join in. You have some nice sketches, as you mentioned you must have been drawing quickly considering you were on a tour. I hope you meet some fellow artists in Kyoto to share the next sketchcrawl with :) Or if you ever get to visit Tokyo, there's a wonderful group of fellow artists up there too!

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby owlhorse » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:27 pm

Fascinating work you all did - keep drawing!

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby remi » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:49 pm

great work! I love your pictures.
I often visit Kyoto, so let's sketch together someday!!

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby Noemig » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:11 pm

Great work!! and a drawing marathon in solitude! Congratulations from Bilbao!

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby gaelwriter » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:02 pm

Exquisite sketches and color. I loved them all--very interesting, too.

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby kumi matsukawa » Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:42 am

Although you had solo sketchcrawl, I see you had real fun time during your trip :D Thank you for sharing your photos and the the drawings of sweets make me mouthwatering! I love Byodo-in sketch a lot! 京都に行って見たくなりましたよ。

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby hew&saturation » Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:44 am

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the comments and views. :) The next time any of you visit Kyoto, please let me know.

Hope I can be in Tokyo for a sketchcrawl someday ^^

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby modetranslate » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:52 pm

Your sketches remind me of my youth in Japan ... Cheers to all and I hope to be there for a next sketchcrawl (I was in Annecy- france this year)

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby jiwaki » Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:07 pm

Great solo sketchcrawl! And such good sketches despite the lack of time. :clap:
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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby Maki » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:08 am

こんにちは!
Beautiful photos and sketches!
Handkerchief painting is interesting.
体験教室が面白そうですね。

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby Hueping50 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:36 am

How fun! Very nice work; you did a great job capturing the mood and quiet beauty of the spring and the people! I really enjoy them.

Hp

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby Carina » Thu May 03, 2012 8:43 pm

Lovely sketches! Makes me want to go and visit this beautiful town! :clap:

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Re: Kyoto, Japan [RESULTS]

Postby Oliver » Thu May 03, 2012 10:41 pm

Yum. Looks awesome.


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