Monday, 10 May 2010

The Other Side of the World

The academic who turned 40 last year is in Kyoto.

Bridge over the Kamo River, Kyoto

I cannot use this an excuse to show
pictures of cherry blossom, geisha and shrines
because it is a working visit.

Elephant Head Mountain in Sanuki Province

We are talking conference speeches
and field trips to mountainous areas
so pictures of Japanese mountains must set the scene.

Tateyama in Etchu Province

He has cunning plans to persuade Japanese universities
to enter into lucrative collaborations...

Mt. Yuga in Bizen Province

I am ashamed to admit that
I hope that he is not too successful...

Dragon Mountain in Harima Province

because I am not confident that
Yen/Sterling business management
is one of my strong points.

All pictures by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)


  1. Last week I was lusting after Greece thanks to the gorgeous travel posters you uploaded.

    Now I am overwhelmed by a desire to go to Kyoto ..

  2. I am in love with the hues of blue in Japanese art, but can't identify them. PS: Agreed: "one does not live by bread alone"—flowers are the salve of the soul (of course, the rest is "but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Well, he spoke flowers into existence, didn't he? And, belief in God aside, if flowers didn't exist, we would have to invent them.

  3. but I'm sure you're a quick learner :o)

  4. I'm sure you'd catch on very quickly and to help, Google has an elegantly intuitive currency converter for on the fly conversions (I use it constantly conference calls). Just try 1 gbp to jpy or 1 gbp to japanese yen and you'll see instant results.

  5. I second Mary and say you take us all over the world. In an elegant beautiful way.

  6. oh Alice-san, I'm in love with your posts!

  7. There's a brilliant currency converter on's the time differences that get me.

  8. Don't those wood block prints just make your heart skip a beat! I bought a calender last year full of lovely prints and it is too nice to write on. I love sitting and absorbing all the lovely details :-)

  9. Love these pictures, everything looks so peaceful. Collaborations would mean visiting Japanese academics though - in my experience they are charming.

  10. MrM would like to dampen down any expectations of a trip to the mysterious Orient. On the other hand MrM and MrsM do enjoy the odd hypothetical discussion although I am not so good at that sort of thing yet


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