In a time, where you have the feeling, that the day only has 17 hours instead of 24, it’s difficult to keep track of what’s going on around you. In this case, I was lucky that my wife, Jennifer, let me know about the new fantastic Japan exhibition being held in the SieboldHuis in the beautiful city of Leiden, Netherlands. Art Curator, Dr. Bas Verberk made sure that his exhibition “Masked Warriors” would be a true success. He took a good selection of swords, screens, kimonos, helmets and bows for the display. After having been to many exhibitions around the globe, I was amazed to see there were some extremely seldom pieces in this exhibition. It was well worth a good study to make my work as a tattooer of Irezumi better. Thinking about how Japanese Nōh masks could look similar to samurai armour masks (mempō) got me hooked and interested even more. A deeper look into a lost world that made me more knowledgable than before. This kind of venue is exactly what keeps me aiming higher.
Thank you Dr. Verberk, SieboldHius and the collectors, that made this possible.
Sorry not to many photos of the expo. So maybe you go yourself.
More information can be found here http://Www.sieboldhuis.org