F. Art, Literature, and Other

Human Cultural Activities

Art: The garden at the Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi, Japan, expressing the beauty of Taikan Yokoyama, a Japanese painter, in three dimensions (2019).
Art: An estimated 800-year-old tree on display at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama, Japan (2023).
Art: “Light of Reason” (2014) by Chris Burden at Brandeis University in Waltham, the US (2014). The title comes from the words of Louis D. Brandeis, “If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold.”
Art: Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村) in Taichung, which was slated for demolition but turned into a park to preserve the paintings of an elderly resident (2017).
Literature: Henry D. Thoreau spent two years and two months on the shores of Walden Pond in Concord, writing “Walden; or, Life in the Woods” (1854) (2014).
Proverbs: “The early bird catches the worm.” Beautiful lotus blooming in the early morning in Siem Reap (2009).
Film: The outdoor set of The Silk Road (『敦煌』) (1988) in Dunhuang, in which a man encounters a superior Buddhist culture on the periphery of China and tries to preserve its heritage amidst war in the 11th century (1996).
Photography: An emerging street culture documented by Martha Cooper in NYC in 1983 (2015).
Music: The flute player at Boynton Canyon in Sedona (2015).
Music (cont’d): A heart-shaped stone that he gives to the people he meets.
Sports: A game at the more than century-old Fenway Park in Boston (2015).
Food: Cakes like real ice cream bars in Singapore, a visual playful spirit (2016).
Food: Also in Bangkok (2019).
Drama: We can experience the culture of “noh” (能) plays at the Kanazawa Noh Museum in Kanazawa, Japan (2014).

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