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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Ionushi's "Let's End It With Big Laughs!"


Let's end it with big laughs!, originally uploaded by ionushi.

Ionushi has been capturing, on camera, and with exquisite beauty, the mood of Japanese ancient ceremonies for years. He is deeply read in Japanese literature, though not his native tongue, which is Spanish, and his informed, cultural sensitivities percolate his beautiful art.

In a time when world events are so precarious, when I saw this image, and its caption, "Let's End It With Big Laughs!", and being today, December 30th, 2007, I thought after posting so many recent laments, that I too should "end" my blog for December by sharing Ionushi's "Big Laughs" (originally posted at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ionushi/2147887916/ ) ,so here it is, accompanied by the sparest of lines that an effulgent Brit can contain, in deference to the traditions of Japanese culture:

"Let's End It With Big Laughs!"

Solemn ceremony ceasing;
Young lips creasing;
Energy releasing.

--JW, December 30, 2007, for Ionushi, wishing you the best for 2008.

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I am a British-born, art historian, teaching in the USA; I studied law, in England,1964-68; worked part-time in the art world, 1968-69; then studied art history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1969-76; completed my Ph.D. diss. at the University of Cambridge, 1981; moved to the States in 1981, and have since written, or co-authored, other books. I am currently studying satire in Netherlandish art. My wife, Maria, was born in Milan, Italy, where she worked as an interpreter, in business; she spent seven years in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne, 1963-70. She came to Amsterdam in 1971, and we soon married. She is a wife, mother, literary critic, of Italian (and French) literature, and completed her Ph. D. diss. in 2002, at the University of Chicago, on Cesare Pavese and His Critics. We have three married children, and eight grandchildren, all of whom we excessively adore! I welcome dialog about art, photography, human behavior, beliefs, and motivation from all comers, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, values, or beliefs. This is to be a site for words and images, as vehicles of human expression, around topics of mutual interest.

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