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Around the World in 21 Days: Part Two

Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

This is part two of my photo diary of my last trip of 2014 – around the world in three weeks. After the last leg of our trip in Prague, we flew, via Paris, to Tokyo. I haven’t been back to Asia in over 10 years, and I haven’t been to Japan since my early teens. This was definitely the favourite part of my world trip. We didn’t nearly have enough time to see everything, and I definitely hope to be back soon to spend more time exploring the country. Here are some photos from my short but memorable trip to Japan.

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Part 5 – Tokyo, Japan

We arrived in Japan just in time to catch the tail end of their Autumn Colour festival, with beautiful leaves changing colour around the city, even though it was already mid-December. Tokyo is a huge city and we barely scratched the surface on our too brief trip.

Garden grounds at the Tokyo National Museum
Garden grounds at the Tokyo National Museum
A beautiful vase with bamboo and lively sparrows
A beautiful vase with bamboo and lively sparrows
His & Hers figurines in the Akihabara district
His & Hers figurines in the Akihabara district
One of 3 Japanese weddings we saw at Meiji Shrine
One of 3 Japanese weddings we saw at Meiji Shrine
Our mini bounty from Isetan Depachika
Our mini bounty from Isetan Depachika
Perfect and expensive fruit for sale. Wrapped up & pretty.
Perfectly wrapped & pretty – $60-70 each.
We watched them make candy - quite the work out!
We watched them make candy – look at the detail!
Rainbow Pocky tower
Rainbow Pocky tower

From Tokyo, we hopped on a bullet train and headed to Kyoto for the last leg of our trip. We travelled at dizzying speeds…

Warp speeds to Kyoto.
Warp speeds to Kyoto.

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Part 6 – Kyoto, Japan

Once we got to Kyoto, we headed straight for Arashiyama, as we had luckily timed our arrival with the start of their light festival. The bridges, streets and hills were all lit up, with lanterns lighting the path way to the temples and through the bamboo forest. This last part of our trip was definitely dedicated to seeing temples and gardens.

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Arashiyama, Kyoto
The bamboo forest lit up during the Arashiyama light festival.
The bamboo forest lit up during the Arashiyama light festival.
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion)
Ryoanji rock garden
Ryoanji rock garden
A perfectly framed garden doorway
A perfectly framed garden path
Sampling foods at Nishiki Market
Pickled vegetables at Nishiki Market
Buying tea at Ippodo
Buying tea at Ippodo
Watching some kabuki theatre - from the nosebleed section again.
Watching some kabuki theatre
Geishas taking selfies
Geishas taking selfies on their iPhones
The old streets of Kyoto
The old streets of Kyoto
The most delicious Italian food I've ever had...was in Kyoto.
One of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had was Italian in Kyoto, at Ristorante Dei Cacciatori.
The most delicious matcha and genmaicha ice cream parfaits to celebrate the end of our  world trip!
Matcha and genmaicha ice cream parfaits to celebrate the end of our world trip!
Waiting to go home.
Waiting to go home.

And there you have it. We traveled 3 different continents, 5 different countries, 6 different cities, in a little over 3 weeks (a couple of days were spent flying). It was truly the trip of a lifetime, and it was daunting when we first booked it and thought about how many places we were going to in such a short time. But once we were actually traveling, I think our excitement overrode our jet lag and we were usually out from morning to night, walking all day long. I saw and experienced so many new things, I’ve collected lots of ideas along the way and am keeping them the sketchbook in my head for future works. It will be interesting to see how things I saw from this trip will find their way into my future art.

For more pictures from my trip, you can check out my Instagram.

Photo Diary: Europe 2013 – Amsterdam

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Inside the Rijksmuseum’s main entrance

The final leg of our Europe 2013 trip was a brief stay in Amsterdam. I was really charmed by the city and its people and hope to visit The Netherlands again to see more of the country. One of the highlights of Amsterdam was definitely visiting the Rijksmuseum. It had only just re-opened earlier this year after extensive renovations. We were lucky enough to go first thing in the morning and it was a joy to be able to see the Vermeer paintings with hardly anyone in sight! A huge difference to the previous week’s visit to the Louvre, where it was like walking amongst a mob.

The amazing Vermeer paintings at the Rijksmuseum
The amazing Vermeer paintings at the Rijksmuseum

This trip to Europe was also special because I was able to visit two of my old friends from the days when I was an exchange student at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts. I saw my friends Lee Ting Yi, in Paris, and Uzine Park, in Amsterdam. It had been over 13 years since I last saw them and we picked up right where we left off. I was really happy to see that we were all still painting and making art!

By the end of the two week vacation, walking over 8 hours every day, I was very grateful for everything that I had experienced but was also very happy to be heading home. I needed to get back into the studio in order to digest everything that I had seen and hopefully funnel that inspiration into some new art work. It’s always the best feeling when my mind is brimming with ideas!

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Allegory of the Abdication of Emperor Charles V in Brussels (detail) – Frans Francken II
Amsterdam-shops
There were some questionable choices for store names.
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The handbag section of a Dutch department store.
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A yummy stroopwafel after a long day of walking
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A beautiful last night in Amsterdam

Pretty boys in situ

Roselina Hung - pretty boys kill me - Gallery FUKAI
Roselina Hung – pretty boys kill me – Gallery FUKAI

My exhibition, pretty boys kill me, is up for its final week. Thanks to everyone who has come down the past few weekends. If you haven’t had a chance to see the show yet, it is open this Saturday from 1 – 4 PM. For those who are out of town or unable to make it to the show, I’ve taken some photographs of the exhibition and its installation at Gallery FUKAI.

Roselina Hung - pretty boys kill me - Gallery FUKAI
Roselina Hung – pretty boys kill me – Gallery FUKAI
Roselina Hung - pretty boys kill me - Gallery FUKAI
Roselina Hung – pretty boys kill me – Gallery FUKAI
Roselina Hung - pretty boys kill me - Gallery FUKAI
Roselina Hung – pretty boys kill me – Gallery FUKAI
Roselina Hung - pretty boys kill me - Gallery FUKAI
Roselina Hung – pretty boys kill me – Gallery FUKAI

An Overwhelming Sense of Awe

Roadtrip!

My time here in Reykjavik is quickly coming to an end, as I prepare for our group exhibition tomorrow at the SIM Residency. After working pretty much non-stop for 3 weeks, I’ve finished the second drawing from my pretty boys kill me series, so I thought I deserved a bit of a break! A friend and I decided to go on a one day road trip out of the city to see some of Iceland. It’s amazing how much one can see in a day here, and how much the landscape varies in such a small area. We headed out towards the western Iceland, to the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

The stunning landscape seen throughout the day

We were very lucky with the weather and I think because of the season change, the colours were absolutely amazing.  Everywhere I looked, there was so much to take in visually. The colours were just so vivid and in such an awe inspiring environment, each and every view was truly a beautiful and breathtaking sight. Here are some of the photos from my one day trip.

A picturesque road trip
The basalt columns of Gerouberg

The reds and yellows were so saturated.  It was like a carpet of autumnal colours covered the land. While at Gerouberg, there weren’t any other people around and a large raven flew by, in the distance, and I could actually hear the flapping of its wings because it was so silent around me. This experience was one of my favourite parts of yesterday.

The land was coloured ochre and waterfalls were everywhere
A black painted church at Búðir

We stopped in Búðir, a small town in the middle of the Búðahraun lava fields in Staðarsveit, where the lava fields were covered in light green moss. It was surprise to suddenly see a white sand beach there with lava rocks jutting out.

The white sand beaches of Búðir

We then continued onto the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur, where there were rusty remains of an old shipwreck strewn across the beach. The clouds also lifted in the distance and we were able to catch a clear view of Snæfellsjökull, the glacier covered volcano that was written about in Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Black sand beaches and lava rocks
Just look at the colours!
A clear view of Snæfellsjökull

One of my favourite things about this trip was the lava fields and all of the colours. Driving through what seemed like endless lava fields was an experience I will never forget.

Yellows, reds, and greens on the lava fields
We stopped for photos every 10 minutes or so!
Ending the evening at Stykkishólmur

After a full day’s driving and sightseeing, we returned tired and weary but inspired and amazed! All in time to finish up last minute preparations for tomorrow’s exhibition! I’ve also printed a small limited edition run of books with drawings from my pretty boys kill me project, which I will talk about more soon!

If you are in Reykjavik, please come see our exhibition tomorrow!

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