Thai Carving Event in Tokyo, October 2011

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I am back from Tokyo where I visited the 3rd Thai Carving Contest. I am full with impressions about the Event and the whole trip to Japan. Tokyo was safe and friendly to me. Good wheather and nice people have made my trip.

I went to Tokyo with my Sakhalin friend. We had some adventures in metro and Disney Sea. Tokyo subway is complicated. There are local, rapid and express trains stopping at one station. They take you to the different destinations and you are not sure about the right train. Finally we managed with it. 

At the last day of my staying in Tokyo, it was raining. My foot slipped on the floor and I fell down. As a result I've got my umbrella broken, my knees bruised and my foot hurt. That wasn't a serious injury, but I am feeling uncomfortable now. I think that was a kind of compensation for all the credits and gifts from my teachers and the TCA representatives.

The Thai Carving Contest was held in a trading center located at Daimon station. Daimon means a Large Gate. A famous Tokyo Tower is the right behind the gate. Tokyo Tower is one of the best veiwing spots for the city scenery.

Daimon district

Tokyo Tower, 333 meters height.
City veiw from the tower
The Thai Carving Event is an yearly event organised by Thai Carving Association (TCA) in Japan. This year it was a two-days event (1-2 October, 2011). The first day for the contest and the second day for melon and soap carving classes. They had a guest judge from Thailand Mr.Chat Kunsri, a chef in Shangri La Hotel. He was my teacher for thai style melon carving.

My thai styled melon

To my surprise I was the first and the only eropean at the event. I saw many beautiful works at the contest place. Japanese artists combine thai and japanese styles to get amazing designs. You can check the winner works at TCA page below (please note that the first three photos are gold, silver and bronze medals, all other photos are special prizes):
Soap carving
Melon carving

Contest place. 1 hour and 10 minutes to carve 2 pieces from a melon and a watermelon

40 participants and much more visitors

I met my Facebook friends at the contest!! I love such moments. We had a nice talk with the girls

From the left: Namiko-san, me and Sachiko-san

I bought books, soap and knives there.  I would like to go to Tokyo more often to learn a fine art of japanese carving.

Back to hotel by a cycle taxi, with my Sakhalin friend
Cycle taxi, an eco transport

4 коммент. :

Amy October 10, 2011 at 7:41 AM  

Seems you are back with great experience & memories....all are nice carvings.Thanks for sharing with us....

Rita October 10, 2011 at 11:36 PM  

Oh Elena, your report is so lively! I feel excited for you. I wish I had been there too. XO

Selena Ze Arteest October 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM  

Amy, yes, I am practicing new carving skills now. That trip was important to me. Will post more photos from Tokyo and classes later.

Selena Ze Arteest October 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM  

Rita, thanks, maybe next year we will go there together?

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