A Journey to the Floating World | Ukiyo-e in Shanghai

Gentle hues and shadows forming twisted figures of individuals juxtaposed with the violence and diversity of nature. Waves and sunsets and mountains and sudden rain. All in a space complimenting the works, with patterns drawing to mind Zen gardens on the ground, more mountains and figures on the wall; all combining to reveal the floating… Read More A Journey to the Floating World | Ukiyo-e in Shanghai

Pastel Colored Past & Melancholy Present | Different Perspectives Along Suzhou Creek

Every time I used to visit Shanghai while living in Ningbo for the past few years, I’d stay at a cozy hostel along Suzhou Creek near Xinzhua Station on Line 1. The walk to the hostel always took me along a stone-covered road by the river, South Suzhou Road, with a few quiet cafes and… Read More Pastel Colored Past & Melancholy Present | Different Perspectives Along Suzhou Creek

Drawing New Perspectives | Visiting the Xuhui Museum Shanghai Illustration Exhibition

I’ve always had a thing for Asian illustration and design. While this originally was confined to the Japanese interpretation of the art, my time spent in China has exposed me to a vast array of old school publications, pamphlets, books, propaganda and even modern day wall murals (most of which are also propaganda) to discover… Read More Drawing New Perspectives | Visiting the Xuhui Museum Shanghai Illustration Exhibition

Sake & Comfort Food | Lessons in Japan’s Spirit in Ginza

Coming from Narita into Tokyo was quite the experience, riding on the Sky Liner and seeing trees and green fields whizzing by and morphing into small buildings that grew taller and taller. As if responding to the slowly setting sun, the buildings became bright with neon and LED ads and lights all over. I had… Read More Sake & Comfort Food | Lessons in Japan’s Spirit in Ginza