Friday, October 14, 2016

The Bank, Paul Jacoulet across from the Eiffel Tower.

I haven't purchased an umbrella yet, but won't be weather-lucky for much longer. It's been lightly sprinkling the last couple of days.

Went to the bank to inquire about opening an account in France. Lots of rules:

1. Letter of recommendation from a  real French person.
2. 5,000 euros deposit to start.
3. Passport.
4. Proof of domicile.

After that, had a really nice ham & cheese galette/crepe in St. Germain at this little place, "Culture Crêpes", just off the Boulevard St. Michel.

Went to the exhibition recommended by Feng Shen before she left, "Paul Jacoulet: un artiste français au Japon 1896 - 1960", gravures sur bois. He was a French kid raised in Japan who learned art from Japanese masters, traveled through the Pacific, Japan, China, and Korea, making these interesting prints that are a cross between traditional flat japanese graphic linearity and some sense of western personality, character, and perspective. Some look almost surreal to this contemporary eye.
To be honest, what I liked was the nearly "Yellow Submarine"-esque quality of some of the prints.

The horizon line here looking Folon-esque.
And here is another Western artist interpreting Japan: Elizabeth Keith, with a nod to Noh theatre.

Finally, I don't know this author, Edogawa Ranpo (a take on "Edgar Allan Poe", one of his favorite authors), but the beret reminded me of Osamu Tezuka, grandfather of japanese anime (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Jumping). Must've been a french fashion craze in Japan during the '60's or thereabouts.

The Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris is more or less next to the Eiffel Tower.
So though I may not wander nearer to the iron giant this time, there it was.

This is Osamu Tezuka  See the beret/glasses costume going on here...definitely a "thing"...

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