“And the farther he went, the lovelier the veils of mist became, until for him, whose rank so restricted travel that all this was new, the landscape became a source of wonder” ― Murasaki Shikibu • The Tale of Genji
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The last exhibition was Basel, Switzerland in 1998.
Like Amatareasu appearing from her cave, after more than 20 years Hardy is back in 2020.
And in full technicolor→
I exclaim to a friend in Tokyo… “I just left my everything in a cafe and wandered off. Forty minutes later its still there!” “Garry” she replies, “We are Japanese, why would we want your rubbish?”
And that was my inspiration and challenge. Can I make something they would take. And if I can. Then it will be a very good piece of work. And then, if I can convince the Japanese… I can convince anyone.
Meanwhile. Enter Miko stage right → “I’m a dancer” said the Japanese girl in Nihonbashi. “Really” said Garry “Yeah watch” and Miko does the splits. “Come to my show tonight” she smiles. Me and Leica front row. And here I had, what I thought might capture how I see Japan – beautiful, elegant, bold and joyful.
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In 2016 a memorial service was held for Sir Nicholas Winton at St john’s Smith Square, London. In 1938 Winton supervised the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia – later known as the Czech Kindertransport.
His memorial was to raise money for Syrian refugee children. Still, after all these years and all our advantages, we are unable to protect our children.
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