National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 17, 2013

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Friday, March 15, 2013

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I spent today with a Japanese friend.  We met in Ushuaia, Argentina about nine years ago and we wound up in Kathmandu together about seven years ago.  This is the first time I've seen her in her home city of Tokyo.  She recently got married and is now a housewife but she had been busy painting her mother's house for most of my time in Tokyo so this was the first time I saw her.

We decided we were going to meet in Kichijoji, a neighborhood well away from downtown Tokyo.  I took the metro there and met her in the station.  We walked through some of the shops and then wandered over to Inokashira-koen park.  There were only a couple trees that were flowering but plenty of people were photographing them.  We headed back toward the metro and had lunch at an Italian restaurant on our way there.  We then caught a train to the metro stop closest to our next stop, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo currently has a Francis Bacon retrospective.  We started by seeing it.  They had a fair number of his works but, unfortunately, nothing was translated into English and I didn't want to have my friend translate everything so I missed out on most of their explanations.  We then went through their permanent collection.  The museum is quite large so we were there for almost four hours until just before their 8:00pm closing time.

Next we headed over to Shibuya.  We wandered around the neighborhood for a while looking for a place to have dinner.  We noticed a lot of people taking pictures in and around Shibuya station.  It turns out, it was the last day a large part of the station would be open.  It's being replaced, starting tomorrow.  We eventually went to a Thai restaurant for dinner.  We said goodnight and I caught a train back to my hotel.

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