Horror Story Toilet Paper!! *恐怖廁所衛生紙*

Japan’s drugstores are super-er than supermarkets and you can certainly dig out many things you can or cannot think of! Here it is–in order to solve the problem for people who have I-MUST-READ-WHILE-TAKING-A-DUMP syndrome, mighty Japanese people have invented this roll of toilet paper, hurray!!
So, what kind of story do you prefer to enjoy in the bathroom? Apparently, Japanese people think it’s exciting to read some horror stories related to bathrooms while doing their business, how suitable, just right on the topic!
The horror story toilet paper, wrapped with black paper and illustrated with a ghostly figure–already sending the chills down to my spine, whew~ DSC09669 DSC09678
There’s an instruction of how to install this roll of toilet paper properly for your comfort and how to open it, how thoughtful!DSC09670
Also, a brief introduction of the author… Obviously he does not mind that his work gets flushed down to the toilet.DSC09671
The toilet paper is revealed, covered with blue text, and a suitable usage for one time is one story! DSC09674DSC09675
So~sit on the toilet, roll the paper, and let the chill begin!  DSC09676

Visiting Van Gogh (拜訪梵谷)

Vincent Van Gogh, tragic painter and one of the greatest artists in history, had created over 1,000 paintings, drawings, and sketches but only sold one single painting during his life time. His sensitive mind and consuming passion for art are shown vividly in his drawings. However, his poverty and insecurity about himself led him to mentally collapse from time to time.
Several of his works are exhibited in Taipei Historical Museum from December 2009 until the end of March 2010, and I managed to take an afternoon to visit them. The paintings are borrowed from Kröller-Müller Museum in Netherlands.
Van Gogh had drawn several of his own portraits; part of the reason was that his economic situation would not allow him to hire a model. In his portraits, his eyes often showed a hint of unsure-ness.
Van Gogh was born in Zundert, Netherlands in 1853; then his footprints suffused to Belgium, England, and France during his 37 years of life.
Most of his early works were done with black chalk and the models were the farmers and the local people from his area. He focused on the facial expressions and body movements of these labor workers. However, most of his early paintings also show an ambience of solitude and sorrow. Even when he depicted a landscape, the gloomy touch could be felt from the painting.
At year 1886, Vincent Van Gogh arrived to Paris and started to try various painting styles. His works became brighter and more colorful.
Among the works displayed, I like this one the most. This is an oil painting done on May 1889– when Van Gogh was hospitalized in an asylum at Saint-Remy in France. The title is simply called "The Garden of the Asylum at Saint-Remy."
This one is known as "Country Road in Provence by Night." However, there’s no such scenery in Provence. Van Gogh had combined several places in his memory to comprise this oil painting.
"Terrace of a cafe at night" was not exhibited but I bought a postcard of it. The yellow occupied a big part of the painting and is said to be Van Gogh’s favorite color. The cafe is real and still exists today.
These are two of Van Gogh’s paintings I’ve seen in Musee d’Orsay. The left one is "La nuit etoilee, Arles" (The starlight at Arles), an oil painting drawn in 1899. The other one is "Fritillaires dans un vase de cuivre" (Fritillaries in a Copper Vase), an oil painting done in 1886.

I can’t say myself a fan of Van Gogh’s paintings since I much prefer impressionism works by Monet and generally favor the colors intertwined with more harmonic atmosphere. As for Van Gogh, I can definitely see that he strived his energy to bring out the innermost of his soul in his works. However, it’s his extreme sensitivity that pushed him to produce such great works but also consumed himself mentally.

P.S. I also got a postcard of "The Garden of the Asylum at Saint-Remy," and then I just suddenly wondered…what if I mailed it out and wrote: "This place is beautiful, you should come too…"? Ok, fine, I guess it’s not funny…

Pompidou in Taipei (龐畢度在台北)

I’ve visited Pompidou Center many years ago when I went to France the first time. However, I only admired it from outside. The building is speechlessly unique with the stairs, escalators, reinforce steels, and pipes exposed outside and walls of glass to make it look like a huge glass house. There is also an interesting fountain besides the museum with several colorful out-of-ordinary statues twirling around in it.
Since this April, several significant artworks from Paris’ George Pompidou Center were exhibited in Taipei Fine Arts Museum (台北市立美術館) with a theme called: "Arcadie." The exhibition included works by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Picabia, Miro, Bonnard, etc. Being a museum-goer and fan of art history, I was "embarassingly" passed-by Millet’s super famous Les Gleanuses Salon (The Gleaners, 拾穗) last year in Orsay Museum because it was packed to be sent to Taiwan and passed-by it AGAIN in Taipei due to the massive crowd. Thus, I couldn’t afford to miss this exhibiton and visited Taipei Fine Arts Museum a few weeks ago.
After staying in the museum for about 3 hours and watched through all the paintings and artworks, I really wanted to say that it was wonderful…it’s full of uh…this…this…
Ok, now it’s embarassing, but I guess it’s just way too abstract for me to understand. Maybe I just do not have the talent to understand this type of work, and I lack this gift to analyze the meanings of this kind of modern abstract art…
Not that I do not appreciate the work, but it’s just… beyond my comprehension.
Oh… I think saying this will not make me appear less foolish, but hey, I understood some of them~ such as Bonnard’s L’amandier en fleurs (杏樹開花):
… and this Picasso’s Femme couchee (躺著的女人):
However, this one… Dubuffet’s Donnee (H57) (已知數 H57)… ??
Also, this Miro’s Bleu II (藍色二號)… … it appeared on many souvenirs and postcards, and the guide book explored it with details such as how Miro drew it, and why he chose such colors… but… uh…
Anyways, I had a great day. Really, I did! Ok, maybe not great, but it’s a good thing that after I overworked straight through several weekends, I finanly got sometime out to walk around a museum. Although I did not comprehend most of the artworks, I enjoyed browsing through them and gave myself a chance to appreciate them. Haha…