Place: Oi Racecourse Flea Market also known as the Tokyo City Flea Market, Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵 - I've been to Japan three times and never missed visiting this one Tokyo’s biggest flea market. It has a regular schedule every weekend in the parking lot of Oi Racecourse, with 300-400 vendors. I almost bought a vintage catalogue with 900 pages, probably around 10kg on my last visit in 2017. I ended up finding better small old gems like collectable stamps and Japanese money, old family portraits and vintage ladies magazine. Reminder: This is flea market, not antique market so usually people selling their old stuff or junk. Tip: There's a lot of local elderly sellers over there. Learn this Japanese sentence “Ikura desu ka?” to ask for the price (meaning 'How much is this?') Reasonable bargaining was fine, include big smile and a bit of Japanese goes a long way. Happy Shopping! Photographed by Nani P - instagram @travelnani
I had a New Year celebration in Seoul, South Korea. I visited Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the largest palaces at the heart of the Korean capital city with Mount Bugaksan as a backdrop. It said that in the ancient times, the royal guards of the Joseon Dynasty performed the given task by guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king ruled the country. They have the performance of ‘Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony’ almost every day with specific scheduled time. Garbed in traditional costumes of primary colours, the guards have caught the interest of the tourists, complemented by the weapons, accessories and strict ceremonial procedure providing a great opportunity of a rare traditional Korean scene in downtown Seoul. Photographed by Nani P - instagram @travelnani
Painting : October Saison D'Octobre (1878) by Jules Bastien-Lepage (French), oil on canvas 180.7 x 196 cm • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 8 minutes • Medium : Colour pencil on sketch book
Notes : Painted at the artist's native village of Damvillers in the Meuse Valley (northeast of Paris), October represents the annual potato harvest in a bleak autumnal landscape. Inspired by the examples of Jean-François Millet and Gustave Courbet, Jules Bastien-Lepage set out to paint rural life as he knew it, not only celebrating the dignity of the peasants but also depicting their hardships. Now considered a realist, Jean Bastien-Lepage despised city painters who sentimentalised country life. Like CamilleCorot, he combined elements of plein-air Impressionism with a controlled approach to technical finish, thus rendering the subject palatable to Salon audiences. A huge popular success, he was awarded the Légion d'Honneur as result.
Travel drawing series - I’m not sure how I feel about this one, this drawing referee to my Myanmar travel photo in 2016 @travelnani. I’ve been wanting to see these Kayan long neck women since I was a teenager after reading an article about them in a magazine. The Kayan tribe are Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Myanmar, a lot of them fled to the Thai border area due to conflict with the military regime in the 1980s. The women wear the rings from childhood and adding more annually as they are getting older. Kayan long neck women wear the rings from childhood, starting with four or five, and adding more annually as they acclimate to the increased weight. Coils weighing up to 25 pounds depress the chest and shoulders. It creates the illusion of disembodied head hovering over a shimmering pedestal of gold rings. Contrary to popular belief, the coils don’t lengthen the neck itself and thus can be removed without the neck snapping. Yet, women still wear these coils year round with few exceptions, even while sleeping. In Thailand, they were exposed to tourist attraction, similar feeling I got when our tour guide showed us these ladies. He told us that we could take photos with them and leave some donation money in the box around the corner. Two of them still teenagers, they look uncomfortable and hardly smiles. I had a mixed feeling about this, similar when I saw tourists taking smiley photo/ selfies in front of The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the place for honouring the dead - “The goal of travel shouldn’t be taking pictures of exotic things to brag about back home. Travel is about forging relationships and making connections with people from different cultures. Create a symbiotic relationship with locals by reaching out to find common ground with the people you met, instead of treating them as spectacles to exploit.” (via epicureandculture) - I’m not judging; everyone has the right to do what they want. But as the human being, we might want to reflect ourselves to be a better person day by day, lemme know how you feel seeing these kinds of tourist selfie photos #longneckwomen. Photographed by Nani P - instagram @travelnani
Christmas is freakin' around the corner! Treat your family with some hand-made ceramic gifts - I just dropped new ceramic items into my lil' online shop www.ollanani.etsy.com - Let's spreading some handmade love!
Painting : An Interesting Story by James Tissot, 1872, Oil on Wood Panel • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 20 minutes • Medium : Colour pencil on sketch book
Notes : The title of this painting describes a comedy of manners, as James Tissot portrays two fashionably dressed women ignoring a soldier (whose uniform is by contrast conservative and outmoded) who is engrossed in his own telling of a tale. This work, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872, was one of the first paintings Tissot showed in London after he left France at the fall of the Paris Commune in 1871.
Painting : The Temptation of Christ, Ary Scheffer, 1854 • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 10 minutes • Medium : colour pencil on sketch book
Notes : The forty days of Lent is the annual retreat of the people of God in imitation of Jesus' forty days in the wilderness. Towards the end of his career, Ary Scheffer achieved great success with paintings based on Christian themes. While many of there works were life-size, Scheffer also made a number of smaller copies of his compositions.