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dshpipes

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Age : 34
Location : Durham, NC
Registration date : 2011-03-06

PostSubject: My Grandmother's Japanese Art   Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:39 pm

Hey everyone,

Yesterday, I received a package from my father that included 5 paintings that my grandmother purchased while she lived in Nagoya, Japan. My grandmother and I spoke often and something that she always remembered fondly was her time spent in Japan. She would speak to us with the little Japanese she knew and treasured the art that she purchased during that time more than any other pieces she owned. I grew up seeing these paintings in her home and among all of the art that cycled through that home, her Japanese art was the only constant.

Before her death, she had asked us all repeatedly what we wanted after she was gone. It took a while to become comfortable addressing this, but I finally told her that I really wanted these Japanese paintings. By that time, my father had already put his name on them, so these pieces were to go to him. I've been perfectly fine with that, knowing that they mean much more to him than to me. He grew up with those paintings too and may even have memories of when they were purchased (he was born in Nagoya). So I thought I'd get to see them when I go home for visits and I was content with that.

After I opened this package from him only to find some of the most treasured and personal artifacts from Nannie's life, I called him immediately (verklempt of course). He told me that when he pulled them out to hang them up, he took one look at them, laughed to himself, and thought, "Nah, David's got to have these."

Below are the two pieces that prompted him to send me the 5 total.




Sometimes, it's the smallest artifacts, the things you barely acknowledge in your day to day life, that mean the most.
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PostSubject: Re: My Grandmother's Japanese Art   Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:47 pm

In these days of the "individual", it's nice to see a family that still thinks and cares for each other!!
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PostSubject: Re: My Grandmother's Japanese Art   Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:49 pm

That's awesome. Great story and artwork. Thanks fer sharing.
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Location : Alberta
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PostSubject: Re: My Grandmother's Japanese Art   Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:05 pm

Thanks for posting, any chance you could show us the rest. I've allways been fasinated by Japanese art and culture.

It's awesome that you'll always have these pieces of art that meant so much to your grandmother and now you yourself will be able to pass down her stories and memories to your children and grandchildren. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: My Grandmother's Japanese Art   Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:55 pm

Inspiring story, David. Congratulations on these treasures and thanks for sharing.
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dshpipes

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PostSubject: Re: My Grandmother's Japanese Art   Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:58 pm

Hawker wrote:
Thanks for posting, any chance you could show us the rest. I've allways been fasinated by Japanese art and culture.

I'd be happy to. I'm leaving directly from work on a weekend road trip and will take photos of the rest when I get home next week.
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PostSubject: Re: My Grandmother's Japanese Art   Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:55 pm

Thanks for sharing! The artwork is awesome and the story is even better.

Jim
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