She and I are now discussing some sort of publication detailing how the isobune is built. It will require more fundraising, perhaps crowdfunding, so stay tuned. Some final images from Tokyo:
Who would have thought reptiles could be tamed? But you can get right up to these fellows in the canal park in Koto-ku, Tokyo.
What a civilized place! The Tokyo International Forum, where I could get good coffee and wifi.
The plaza outside has funky eateries.
An old Taisho-era building clad in copper in the Ueno district.
Right nearby a similar vintage building in Western style.
This antique shop had two gorgeous inklines, both about $275. This one carved of keyaki, the other in ebony, both unused. Tempting, but no...
In another antique shop I found this. Its four feet long...
has a plane blade....
and a rounded bottom....
Its a specialized cooper's plane, for reaching inside a barrel to smooth the inside. About $125 but I decided if I wanted one that badly I'd just make it myself, but a very unique artifact.
A gallery of contemporary craftspeople and artists in a warren of studies built under the JR train line just north of Akihabara Station.
Waiting to board my flight home.
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