Posts Tagged ‘art gallery’

With a few hours to kill before a cinema trip – and our intended movie being less than high art – Kim and I decided to get our culture on and took a day trip to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

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There are certain things one expects to do on a trip to New York: visit The Met; see Times Square; climb the Statue of Liberty. And then there are some – like meeting the legendary Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart – that are the most welcome of surprises.

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Though most people are, I think, aware of the Japanese tradition of hanami (literally “flower viewing” – the custom of admiring the cherry blossoms in spring), the corresponding period of kouyou is a little less documented. It refers to the leaves changing colour in autumn (a word, it occurs to me, for which English lacks an elegant equivalent) and it’s not uncommon for people to travel to the most scenic spots across the country on momijigari (autumn leaf hunts) in search of the most beautiful spots.

Autumn is, by no small coincidence, my favourite season, and loath to miss out on a much-beloved tradition through mere geography, I made a concerted this year to find a spot in Glasgow for a momijigari of my own. It might not have been Kyoto, but my inaugural visit to Kelvingrove Park proved a surprisingly pictureseque substitute. (more…)