A Pow Wow in Japan

Street art has become a big influence in the art world. I have to be honest that I’m not too keen on all of it, like murals recently commissioned by Justin Bieber, for instance. However, I have been following it and what I’ve posted on this blog via street art and graffiti art posts, I think shows some of the best artistic talent, at least that I’m aware.

I haven’t seen all that much in the Asian countries except for recently when I discovered  Pow Wow in Japan and I was very impressed.

Pow Wow is an annual art festival of well-known street artists painting large-scale murals that have pow / impact and causing the viewer to act with a wow reaction. The festival also includes lectures, gallery and musical events all open to the public for artistic enlightenment, education, awareness.

It started in 2010 in Hawaii and has spanned globally but hasn’t made an Asian tour until this year. There are two back-to-back events that just took place in Japan and then in Taiwan.

Pow Wow Hawaii 1 on Art Is Everywhere Pow Wow Hawaii 2 on Art Is EverywhereHere are some of the murals painted in Japan via Rocket News 24 and you can see all the artists profiled.

Sumo wrestler by Case Maclaim Pow Wow Japan on Art is Everywhere

Sumo wrestler by Case Maclaim

@bakibaking and MON Koutaro Ooyama Pow Wow Japan on Ar is Everywhere

Japanese style mural [email protected] and MON Koutaro Ooyama

Fafi and Kamea Hadar Pow Wor Japan on Art Is Everywhere

Fafi and Kamea Hadar collaborated on this mural

@shizentomotel Pow Wow Japan on Art is Everywhere

mural based on Japanese figurines by @shizentomotel

Tamura Yoshiyasu mural Pow Wow Japan on Art Is Everywhere

Tamura Yoshiyasu mural

Get ready for a Pow Wow coming near you. There are plans for Pow Wow to come to the US with events slated for DC, Austin and Long Beach, California. Israel, New Zealand, Jamaica, Singapore, and Germany are among other locations.

Rice Field Follow Up

I’ve written about the artistic rice paddy fields in Japan before but this video explains the creative and engineering process of getting the images to sprout in the rice fields. What an innovative idea that not only brings this village community together by involving them in the process but brings tourism to their town.

Rice Paddy Art. Watch more top selected videos about: The Early Show (video disabled by CBS)
rice-paddy-art-design-layout. Photo via Let's Japan, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Rice Paddy Art & Design Layout. Courtesy Lets Japan.com

This is even more interesting to me now that my son Jackson has returned from Sewanee’s summer school and it’s official, he will be attending The University of the South in the fall. (I know, it’s kinda late in the game as his parents to know this but we’ve had a lot of practice at challenges with a teenager by now. It’s nice to see that now that he’s 18, he’s finally outgrowing the teenage angst. Fingers crossed.) He exceeded the minimal, pass requirement by making an A in Math and B+ in English, both with professors who my husband and I had when we attended Sewanee. Now he’s got one semester worth of credits for these subjects under his belt and he’ll be ahead starting the new year. This will be an interesting and somewhat surreal experience for us all, for Sewanee is not the same since we were there, and I wouldn’t expect it to be. For instance, we used to have to take five credits per semester, now students take four.  They now have common interest “communities” where students with similar interests are housed in one dorm location. Jackson informs us that he wants to take Japanese as his foreign language (not offered when we were there) with the hopes of even studying abroad in Japan. Maybe we’ll get to see these fields afterall.