Wildbank at Mieko Yuki’s exhibit at Ippodo Gallery

Wildbank with BA KA SU by Mieko Yuki     Wildbank with BA KA SU by Mieko Yuki

On a wet Saturday afternoon, Mary and I took a tour of Chelsea’s galleries and stumbled upon the unusual ceramic masks and sculpture by Japan artist Mieko Yuki.  Also included in the exhibit are masks to the theme of the Ningyo Shimai Theatre performing this month in New York. The themes are rich in parables dating back to the Edo era.  As many cups of tea or sakes a day consumed by me are worn by this intriquing sculpture BA KA SU which is translated as “to bewitch” or “to change identities”. Here I was very warmly welcomed by Mieko and her crowd. The receptive atmosphere of the Ippodo Gallery brings forth fond memories of the tenderness I experienced in my travels to Japan. 

Doll Sisters Kazuko Yoshiyuki and Mieko Yuki with Charles Wildbank

Doll Sisters Kazuko Yoshiyuki and Mieko Yuki with Charles Wildbank

You have to experience the hospitality among the diverse people that I have in Japan as well as in New York in the Ippodo Gallery, and not to mention the unusual and delicious hors d’ouerves, of course, in the Japan style!

I’ve included a photo taken of me in Mount Koya at a monastery not too long ago to give you the idea of my passion for Japan. 🙂

Photographs and article, courtesy of Artist Charles Wildbank

Younger Wildbank at Koyasan, Wakayama Prefecture

Younger Wildbank at Koyasan, Wakayama Prefecture

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