All drawings done on location in Japan.

In November,1998, I joined a team of Boulderites who traveled to Yamagata, Japan, to participate in a trade fair between the Sister-Cities of Yamagata and Boulder.  I was part of the team that represented Boulder’s art, as well as selected foods and musical performances. At the festival, I sold landscape t-shirts and pen-and-ink greeting cards and played my banjo, which I brought with me from Colorado. I was hosted by two different families while in Yamagata, and then traveled south for another week by myself, reaching Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Kamakura, drawing the entire way, feeling as if I were on a mission. This whirlwind two-week tour was an inspiring journey.

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