It's widely believed that the Japanese had recognized sex matters more openly before they introduced Western education, including ethic. And this Shunga Exbition, held in Tokyo until 23 December 2015, might support the point. In a warm morning of October, I visited it by bicycle. The exhibition focusing on Shunga, which is the traditional pictures of sex and pleasure, is actually the first time to be held in Japan. "We all admit its value and beauty, yet it was so hard to find a place to exhibit" The organizer mentioned in a panel hung in the museum. "Almost all the museums kindly rejected our proposal, seemed to avoid getting in trouble"
Considering the current situation of how we think about sex, I wasn't surprised to hear it. In my view, the problem wasn't whether it was too sexual, it was how they regard it: showing private issue like sex in public. Is it embarrassing? Well, let's go visit and find out :)
I was amazed that was restricted under 18-year-old, I definitely have never seen any other exhibition under the rule. Taking photos were prohibited in the entire place, of course, so I apologized not to be able to show some. I felt it wasn't that sexual, but more like great pieces of the traditional art. And I found so many women, young and
Thankfully, the organizer has announced they change the whole works during the term, which means I have another chance to visit as a first-timer. I’m sure I’ll be back :)
Okay, let’s have a lunch at a park next to the museum, then why don’t we take a walk? :)
Just walking 10 minutes or so, there is a wooden garden belonged to a hotel. It’s my favorite place to take a rest whenever I come close to the area. A red tiny bridge and narrow trails here and there, and gorgeous interior once you step into the hotel. Oh, you don’t have to get permission, just pretend to be a guest ;) After taking another break at a café, let’s get back!
As the temperature gets cooler, I often find myself taking a long walk in Tokyo. Walking is one of my few things that became my weekly habits since I moved to Tokyo. I love wandering anywhere in this big city, literally, anywhere. Unlike many other cities in Japan, Tokyo is so diverse that I can sense quickly where I am, even if it was my first time visiting. Sure, it looked all the same from the window of the train. But once you actually set foot on its soil, you could find the difference. Old post-war-style houses stood along a narrow street, but once you look up, there are a bunch of skyscrapers on your eyes. New and Old, stylish and traditional, European and Asian
I expect another wonderful walking within days, perhaps :)