|Seiyu Department Store, my mother-in-law's local|
store for everything including groceries (in basement), is
owned by Walmart.
One of them, that I realized actually when I was last at Seiyu buying sushi for dinner the night before I left to go home, is that Seiyu Department Store is now owned by Walmart. Yes! There was a computer monitor at a cash register that was shut down in another lane with just the Walmart logo on the screen. My friend, Forde Sakuoka, had mentioned that to me soon after I arrived and I'd forgotten to mention it--- it hadn't sunk in yet. It is a small, small world.
I finally looked up the Sogetsu school of ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. Here are a couple of links that will help with the explanation:
I have a feeling that I have seen Sogetsu ikebana flower arrangements before, probably on my last trip in 2005, at the Hotel Metropolitan. They are huge and dramatic. If I can find an image of the hotel lobby from my last trip, I'll add it in to this post. If you google search on "sogetsu ikebana flower arrangements" you find images that show endless images. Some are small, but there are immensely huge ones that are used in hotel lobbies.
|Jomon period pot with rope design used to store nuts|
or cook meat or fish.
|Another pot (almost 2 feet tall) from Jomon period.|
|A traditional Japanese back strap loom.|
The Yayoi culture, which followed Jomon, is well documented at the Toro Village Learning Center in Shizuoka. At the International Christian University's art museum, there is also excellent documentation of the Jomon and Yayoi cultures that I remember. As the ICU dug the foundations for its new buildings on campus, pottery and living sites were discovered and an archeology department developed. I wasn't able to take any pictures of the pottery and signs as photographs weren't allowed.