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Yumi’s Adventures in Italy, 2017

Posted in My Trip, Uncategorized with tags , on November 12, 2017 by yumi

Hello there! It’s been a while since I posted my last blog entry. How have you been?

It’s getting colder here, and we are enjoying the weather now. I think I should go somewhere to take some photos of leaves changing for my other blog.

Well, a couple of days ago, I returned home from my studying abroad in Italy. I learned from my mentor, Patrizia Arvieri this year as well. I was there for two weeks and had great times with my painting teacher and my classmates. I do appreciate a lot to all of them whom I met there. I enjoyed hanging out with my old friends and new friends. Maria Vittoria and her hubby took me to a restaurant. We had a happy time there. I regret that I didn’t take any photos there.

I stayed alone at my teacher’s painting studio and painted a lot. She told me that when people are good at copying from others, we can call them a painter. When people are good at using their imagination to create art, we can call them an artist. I can’t forget what she said to me. I think I am a painter, but I am not an artist yet. So, to become an artist, I want to make lots of effort from now on!

When I studied abroad in Italy last year, I thought I needed to learn conversational Italian. However, I was very lazy and didn’t study it at all. I felt shame a lot this year. So, I definitely start learning conversational Italian, Italian art history, how to use my imagination to my art and so on. I hope I will be able to write something a little bit in Italian next year.

Mainly, I painted from mornings to evenings, and after classes, since I don’t understand conversational Italian, I killed time to read books in English, knitting a sweater, designing my art and so on. I sometimes went out from my teacher’s studio to walk around. I did exercise every single day as well.

I took some photos when I walked around her place. It was very funny for me to communicate with people there. That’s because most of people there don’t handle English, and I speak only Japanese and English. Our communication had to depend on my English first, then, my poor Italian, a body language next and finally technology, google translation on a cell phone. Anyway, I survived there alone without Italian for two weeks!

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She allowed me to take some photos of the ice cream shop. I loved there and went there so many times, sometimes with my teacher, friends and sometimes alone.

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I really think Italian ice cream is the best!

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I really miss the ice cream!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The next door of the ice cream shop was a cake shop. They have so many beautiful cakes!

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On the other side, there was a flower shop. I stopped by the shop when I was exercising.

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I took the photos before Halloween. I learned Italian people celebrate Halloween as well.

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to their home made males. I prefer home made meals to foods in a restaurant. I appreciate she taught me how to make risotto. I will try it out soon!

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She introduced me a lot of Italian culture. She, my dear friends, Virginia, Mariarosa, Virginia’s husband, Vittorio and Patrizia’s hubby, Daniele took me to Venice! It was fascinating for me to get there!

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Venice is surrounded by the sea and we have to ride on a boat to get the land.

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Venice was so pretty! I loved there at first sight! I doubt there are people who don’t like Venice.

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In Italy, everything looked art for me! I loved the hands stature! It was so very cool!

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You can see a Gondola!

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In the boat I heard a lot of different languages.

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First of all, we walked to St. Mark’s church.

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From the left side, the European flag, Italian flag and the Venice flag

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You can see water on the floor. It was a sunny day, and you can realize that Venice is sinking. The sea water is coming to the floor because the town is on the sea level.

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Me with my friends and painting teacher

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While we were in a line to get inside, I took the church photos. The architecture was just amazing!

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Inside of the church was just a museum.

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From the ceiling to the floor there were full of art!

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In the church, I met some Japanese people in a tour group. It was my first time to speak Japanese in 12 days! The feeling was so good, lol.

After the church, we went to a restaurant.

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DSCF9620My lunch! I love Italian people love sea foods! This tastes like Tempura, one of Japanese foods. It was so good! I really enjoyed it.

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Since I can’t speak Italian, every time I went to restaurants with my teacher or friends, they helped me to get food. After lunch, I found some Japanese sake in the restaurant!

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This amazed me a lot because I found my hubby’s favorite baseball team’ (Hanshin tigers) s mascot, Toracky! I was very curious how they got the mascot and tried to ask it to a waiter. Since he didn’t handle English at all, I couldn’t get any clue. However, he brought a Japanese menu to me!

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In Brecia, I had never seen any Japanese at all, even English menus! This means so many Japanese people have visited there, and they don’t handle Italian at all, lol. Oh, shame on us!

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After that Virginia and Vittorio let me get in a gondola! DSCF9626

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In most of the buildings, people can’t live on a first floor. That’s because of the water.

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It was so much fun! Thank you so much, Virginia!

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After the gondola, we went to a palace.

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The palace was incredible too!

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Art, art, art! I was stuffed with a lot of art!

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It is very interesting because we are sharing the similar style of art. I mean in Japan we can see lots of art on ceilings in castles or temples. We also loved using lots of gold to show off power in the castles or temples.

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The next door of the palace was a dungeon. It was very creepy.

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We went to one more church. I love looking around catholic churches. That’s because usually their decorations are very rich. I can see lots of art inside.

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Venice in the evening was also very pretty and romantic. I enjoyed walking around.

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The church inside

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Masks! Venice is very famous with masks, the carnival. I saw a lot of mask shops, and the masks were so neat. Since the carnival is in February, some time I want to go back there to experience the carnival!

I really want to appreciate my painting teacher, her husband, her daughter, her boyfriend, my painting friends and their hubbys’ hospitality. When I go back to America, my American friends show me lots of hospitality as well. I do appreciate a lot to all my friends all over the world! Thank you so much! Grazie Mille! See you again next year!

Thank you so much for taking a look at my blog entry. See you soon again here!

-Yumi

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yumi’s Adventures in Italy!

Posted in My Trip with tags , , , on January 2, 2017 by yumi

Happy New Year 2017!!!!!

My first blog entry in 2017 is my trip in Italy.  I studied abroad in Italy to improve my painting skills last December and had amazing time with my painting teacher, Patrizia, her family and my classmates. So, I want to write about my adventures in Italy today.

It was totally big adventure for me because I don’t understand Italian conversations at all. Even so, to use body languages, electric dictionary on a cellphone, I enjoyed hanging out with Italian people.  I met lots of nice people and made friends with them.

 

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Italian food in Italy was just amazing! I was in love with Italian coffee, sweets, gelato, pasta, pizza and everything. When I got in Italy, Patrizia and her family invited me to a pizza restaurant. I am so used to being Americanized and ate a piece of pizza with my hand. Oops………. I figured out that none of Italian people were eating pizza with their hands. They use silver wares and cut pizza with a knife and eat it with a folk. They also don’t add Tabasco either!!!! I realized that Italian food in Japan is not real Italian food at all soon.

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Since Italy has long history, they have lots of old buildings everywhere. They remake old churches to a restaurant or bar (bar is a coffee shop).

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Patrizia and her husband took me to some restaurants and all food looked art to me. In every class Patrizia, my classmates and I went to an Italian restaurant to eat lunch too. I really enjoyed all food there!

 

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I stayed at Patrizia’s painting studio alone and sometimes went out to get some food for dinner at the closest supermarket. A cashier memorized my face and we made friends. She asked me if I was Chinese in Italian. Since I didn’t understand her conversation, I could catch up with similar sounds words as English. It was fun to communicate with Italian people in my really poor Italian.

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I was there before Christmas, I saw lots of beautiful Christmas decorations everywhere.

 

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After class, one day Patrizia’s daughter, Francesca and her boyfriend took me to a Christmas shop and an amazing gelato shop.

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On other days, Patrizia and her husband, Daniele took me to a downtown in Brescia city. Brescia is a very old city to have lots of cathedrals. I loved going there to see really fancy art! Patrizia and Daniele bought me some candles to pray there and brothers as well.

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They also took me a very old castle. We have lots of castle in Japan too, but our castles are totally different. Even so, they are always built in the highest place in a town to look down and to avoid being attacked by enemies. This part is common.

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This castle is built in center of the city.

 

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We walked around a downtown of Brescia city twice.  Patrizia and Daniele took me to a palace from the Roman era. It was really fascinating! I thought about Japanese history then. We both have long history, but Italian ancient people were much advanced in education.

The palace was destroyed and sunk because of flood. For a long time it was not discovered.

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The white part was original, and the brown part was rebuilt later.

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The last picture is a miniature model of the original castle.

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I enjoyed walked around the downtown of the very old Brescia city with Patrizia and Daniele.

We saw lots of old buildings like a major house.

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EU flag, Italian flag and Brescia city flag.

 

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Japanese restaurant! I am curious how different between Italian Japanese food and American Japanese food are…….

 

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I learned a lot from Patrizia, not only painting but also lots of other important things for our lives.  After I returned to Japan, I started cleaning up my really messy painting studio. After finishing it, I want to practice what I learned from her.  You will see what I learned from her when you see my pieces this year!!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope I can post more blog entries this year than last year.

 

-Yumi