Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sculptures in my city and "UBE biennial Exhibition"

Welcome to my city where we take pride in its green and Sculptures☆

I'd like to introduce you one of my city's outstanding features today.
(I used several inks, and the letters written in this color have links)

My city "Ube-city in Yamaguchi-pref. in Japan" has UBE biennial Exhibition; which has been held every two years since 1961 in "Tokiwa park"  for the first time in Japan. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Open-air Sculpture Exhibition. And more than 350 works were applied from 39 countries this year.  20 winning entries were chosen  and displayed in the park; thanks to the progress of the internet. Don't you think it is exciting to see the works, I hope so. 

My best friend (Ms. Murakami) has been working as one of the volunteer guides (22 more members) for about 18 years; not only this biennial Exhibition but also historical places like temples and shrines in our city. And today she was my private guide for you to enjoy, haha. 

The sculptor of this work has loved baseball since he was a little boy.
And especially he is a Ichro fan in Major leagues.

My friend happened to see former head of the city-companion who was helping people enjoying the work.

My friend is sitting on the work titiled "FuWa FuWa 5!"

Ube-city's home-page introduces the works here, (please scroll down the page)
Ube city has more than 200 hundred sculptures displayed here and there in the city, you can also enjoy these works in  this page.
My favorite is the one titled "Rondo" located in front of ANA Hotel Ube. They have the honor of putting santa costumes during Christmas season.
Please have fun with pages and click many times to enter or enlarge the pictures, whenever you have time(these two pictures are from pc-site)


  1. These are such beautiful pieces of art! I love the baseball players in the first photo. I also love Santa. Great photos. xo

  2. wonderful sculptures!! thanks so much for the lovely tour!!! xoxo

  3. I enjoyed looking at these sculptures very much. The first four are my favorites. So interesting. I did go to the other site and see more. It must have been so much fun to see it in person! Thank you.

  4. Dearest Orchid,

    Funny the title I Am Home... I thought it is an easter Egg with a bunny inside. The steel space art is also great.
    You can read about my Grandpa today... a little personal story.
    Enjoyed this post and you are a great promoter of your city!

    Love to you,


  5. What lovely, lively works of art! Thank you so much for sharing them with us, sweet Orchid, and please tell your friend thank you, too, for being our private tour guide! It was wonderful to see these beautiful sculptures-

  6. How lucky the citizens of your city are to have access to such wonderful art! I have to say the baseball player sculpture is my favorite as my husband is a High School baseball coach. Thank you for sharing this beautiful art with us Orchid!

  7. Hi Orchid,
    These statues are a amazing expecially the first one of the baseball players - very clever.
    I enjoy reading and seeing pictures from other places in the world.
    This was an interesting post :)
    Hope you are well.

  8. Hello Orchid,

    I have very much enjoyed your post with the beautiful sculptures.

    It is great to see such wonderful images from your part of the world
    and I have certainly enjoyed your post


  9. So many amazing pieces of Art and wonderful to see Orchid.
    Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

  10. Thank you for taking us on the tour to see these amazing works of art. The city where you live has some wonderful sites. If I were to visit I wouldn't know where to begin looking. Please thank Ms. Murakami for the private tour and thank you for sharing, my dear friend. Hugs

  11. Greetings Orchid,
    Thank you so much for the fantastic tour of your city's sculptures! I'd love to be able to view them in person but your tour was the next best thing!


  12. Hi Miyako. What delightful photos of those amazing statues and works of art in your city. Thank you so much for sharing them with us, and thank you too to your friend for being our tour guide! Hope you are keeping well over there my dear friend.

  13. These pictures are great. This looks like a fun place to visit. I especially like the Christmas one. Thanks for sharing them with us. Hugs!

  14. Dear Orchid san,
    What a beautiful sculptor in your city and many thank to your dear friend Murakami san too.
    I loved title name Fuwa Fuwa
    Are you feeling Fuwa Fuwa today?
    It would be nice that we can live Fuwa Fuwa way:-)
    Big Hugs,

  15. Hi Miyako, I am your newest follower. Nice to meet you. I really love the pictures, it's so interesting to see pictures and things from other countries :) Hope you're having a good Day! Eva

  16. Hi Orchid, I have so enjoyed reading these last few posts. I love the sculptures and really love how the two musicians are displayed as Santas! The hotel garden on your last post was beautiful and also the lovely picture and the room that it is in. Thanks for sharing your everyday life with us.
    Your friend,

  17. I am not a baseball fan (it's not played much in SA), but that first one was my favourite sculpture. Thank you for a most interesting and informative post (with all the links) and for taking us on this tour with you and your friend. That was a lovely picture of her. I have been a bit tardy with keeping up with blog visits of late, Orchid. I've found it necessary to limit the time I spend blogging, as I find unless I do, I don't get everything accomplished that I need to in my day to day life. It has been super popping by to catch up on the posts I've missed.

    I loved seeing the garden of the hotel your husband's cousins stayed in for the 49th day memorial burial service. The gift of the matsutake mushroom was obviously greatly appreciated and you took care and pleasure preparing it to eat. I'd never heard of this mushroom before, but I do know you get far more exotic ones than we do. I love ALL mushrooms.

    I hope you and your husband have a lovely, relaxing weekend. His soba noodles sound so delicious. Maybe you could share a recipe with us sometime?

  18. These sculptures are so beautiful. How lucky to have them in your amazing city, sweet Orchid.