Reflecting on Japan 2014

I spent a majority of 2014 working and studying in Japan. I would spend my free time exploring the futuristic city lights of Tokyo and the peaceful wind-swept countryside in search of inspiration on art and life. I have always been interested in Eastern art, particularly traditional Japanese techniques. Japanese artwork is filled with rich tradition and unique techniques– from Sumi-e (ink paintings), to Ukiyo-e (wood block prints), and Ikebana (flower arranging). Many Japanese traditional art techniques require patience and years of practice. Being immersed in this culture opened my mind to a new aesthetic that brought me inspiration. The combination of Eastern and Western philosophy more of

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