Dave and I just returned from a 3week trip to Japan. Our reason for going was to see our new granddaughter and oh yeah, her parents too! We so enjoyed meeting Beatrice Sakura Rowswell and seeing her family’s home and country.
While in Japan we began working on an unusual art project. It was totally unexpected and all Bea’s fault! We were in Tokyo outside the walls of the Imperial Palace when we saw a beautiful manhole cover. That’s right, a manhole cover. I said, “Look, it has a cherry blossom on it. Wouldn’t that be a nice rubbing for Bea since her middle name means cherry blossom in Japanese”. Sometimes I wonder why I suggest these things because the next thing I knew Dave took the suggestion to heart and while most tourist look up at the skyscrapers, we were looking down at all the utility covers! This also meant we had to use our limited Japanese to find supplies like paper and colored pencils. The only art we had planned to do was sketching. Most of the utility covers were in very public places and when people stopped to look all we said was, Americans-Artists. We figured that would explain it all!