In 2011 I went to Nagoya Zokei University as exchange student. I followed the Japanese painting course (Nihonga) and learned how to make a teacup at the Ceramic department. Both the "Japan line series" and "Crossing series" are influenced by the Japanese urban environment.
To this day I still use Japanese pigments and brushes. In the Netherlands it's near impossible to get. This trip was a nice combination of seeing old friends and buying supplies.
The photos show the route between Mino and Nagoya Zokei University: I like to be on the way- and I like trainstations. With the train it takes about two hours to get to Kasugai, changing trains at Mino-Ota and Tajimi. From Kasugai a schoolbus takes you to NZU in about fourty minutes. I wanted to take the 8:46AM train from Mino, but the counter was closed. Weeks later I found out there is a machine inside the train for buying tickets.
The shop with supplies for Japanese painting is like a treasure box full of colors. My old classmates were working on large size paintings. I really love the colors of the Japanese pigments. They are vivid and have their own texture: from sandy to muddy to shining silk. The layers are transparant, which gives it an atmospheric sometimes "spooky" feeling. The last photo is a drawing made by my friend shown in one of the gallery spaces at Nagoya Zokei University.