Gardens & parks

Japan's sacred mountain – Koyasan

Posted on August 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

 

Danjo Garan Temple complex
 
For a long time, I have been wanting to visit Mount Koya or Koyansan, a sacred mountain in the Wakayama region. It is the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism ( a Chinese-influenced esoteric sect), introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai. Located in the [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Meditation & Buddhism, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japan and was tagged with nature, Buddhism, gardens, temples, Japan, Shingon, Koyansan, Japanese garden


A perfect spring day in Nara

Posted on August 24, 2018 by Toothpicker

Sunny and warm afternoon at Nara park
 
My trip began in Osaka, though I barely spent any time there except for the evenings. My good friend has recently moved to Sendai (we originally met in London) flew over to Osaka to meet me before I continued on with my journey. And I [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japan and was tagged with nature, temples, Japan, parks, cherry blossom, Nara


A glorious walk through Windsor Great Park

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
January has been a stressful month for me, and even my regular meditation practice could not prevent me from developing some skin allergy as a result of stress. I feel that many city dwellers often struggle to maintain a work/play/rest balance, and despite the best effort, stress seems to affect many of [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Britain and was tagged with walks, nature, parks, walking, Windsor Great Park


Rebecca Louise Law at Kew Gardens

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
In the last year or so, I have visited Kew Gardens three times – all thanks to my friend who is a member, hence I was able to get free entry because of her. So, when she enthusiastically informed me about the new botanical installation by London-based artist Rebecca Louise Law , it [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, British art, contemporary and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, nature, British art, contemporary art, autumn, kew gardens


The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Posted on November 3, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Ahead of winter, I wanted to take advantage of the mild autumn weather before the cold sets in. After an awe-inspiring trip to Dungeness, I was ready for another mini adventure, and I chose to visit The Hannah Peschar sculpture garden in Surrey before it closed for the winter season.
I have never [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Art, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Britain, British art, contemporary, Sculptures and was tagged with walks, nature, British art, sculptures, contemporary art, sculpture park, Hannah Peschar


Dungeness, Prospect cottage & Hurricane Ophelia

Posted on October 22, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
One early October weekend, I was checking the weather forecast on my iPad and it showed that Monday would be sunny. The symbol of the sun somehow triggered an urge in me to go to the seaside. I thought of visiting The Folkestone Triennial, but the photos of some contemporary art installations [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Gardens & parks, Britain and was tagged with nature, gardens, contemporary architecture, Dungeness, Kent, Derek Jarman, Prospect Cottage


Hauser & Wirth & Drawing Matter in Somerset

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

Hauser & Wirth Somerset

 
One day I receive an interesting newsletter from Architecture Foundation regarding a day trip to Somerset, visiting Hauser & Wirth and the nearby Drawing Matter. I had no idea that The 2014 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić had been relocated to Hauser & Wirth Somerset in [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, Britain, Contemporary, British art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, gardens, serpentine pavilion, British art, contemporary architecture, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, Drawing matter


Open House 2017: Highgate

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Toothpicker

Highgate's hidden gem – Omved gardens
 
Honestly, I am finding it harder to enjoy London these days, and it is partly due to the city being overcrowded. The worst time is June and July when tourists and school children from abroad flock over here – it is a nightmare. September used to be [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Gardens & parks, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Contemporary and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, Brutalism, contemporary architecture, modernist architecture, social housing


The wonders of Musee Guimet

Posted on September 17, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Undoubtedly, Paris is a city with many outstanding world-class museums and art galleries, but sometimes the sheer volume of visitors at Louvre, Musee D'Orsay and Grand Palais is simply overwhelming and off-putting. Hence, I would rather spend my time lingering at some excellent but lesser known or less popular museums. And one [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Paris, Art, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japanese art, Asian art, contemporary, Sculptures, French art and was tagged with paris, gardens, Japanese art, sculptures, Asian art, Buddhist art, French art, Musee Guimet, Prune Nourry


Yorkshire sculpture park

Posted on August 26, 2017 by Toothpicker

Tony Cragg
 
I have long wanted to visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and my wish finally came true this summer. Like Hepworth Wakefield, the park also won the Museum of the Year award (back in 2014), and deservedly so. Sometimes high expectations may bring disappointments, but not in this case – the park is [...]

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