Today we saw the Ikebana exhibit at Krannert. It was small, but very pretty. It's worth going if you're in Champaign-Urbana or very close, but not worth a longer drive. Only the demonstration
is listed on the website, but the free exhibit is open Friday-Sunday. They had many things in styles I recognized, and a few plants I'd never seen before. Also a style I'd never seen before: bark, metal, and flowers all glued to a flat board. That was pretty cool. There were several of the classic spiral vases
with two openings. My favorite, however, was an arrangement which used a big silver dryer hose
curled into the same spiral -- simultaneously referencing the very old spiral vase and modern Japan's tech base and love of all things robotic. It was just SO JAPANESE. But I bet it's like the Hokusai wave, nobody will get it for a few decades and then suddenly it will be the most Japanese thing EVAR.
I couldn't help think of Terramagne. People there often weave their hobbies into work. If you go into a business, you may see the owner's collection of china plates over the door. Things like flower arranging are often done by clubs, where you can pay a higher fee to take it home to display in your house or business, but a lower fee if you just want to make something fun and then it goes to a library or hospital or women's shelter where lots of people can enjoy it. And all that stuff gives folks something to talk about as they go through their day. "Did you see the new painting in Burger Bash? Carrie's son did a giraffe this time." "Yeah, he's getting really good."
We visited with my parents and dropped off a batch of poetry, already sponsored. I don't know whether I'll have time to post this tonight or wait until tomorrow. You can look forward to "Death Whispers at the Tip," "Capable of Stretching," and "A Moment of Atonement."
For supper, we went to a new Japanese restaurant in Danville called Fujiyama
. I am only somewhat a fan of Japanese cuisine -- I love sushi but can't each much of it -- and not at all a fan of flaming tables. This place greatly exceeded my expectations. First, the performance area is separate from the regular dining area, so that was a big relief. People who want excitement can get it without bothering people who want to relax. \o/ Second, the menu has lots of tasty things to choose from. I picked out two different appetizers to fill up on (pork dumplings and coconut shrimp) and then had a piece of the sushi that other folks got (California Roll, Spicy Volcano Roll, and Bayridge Roll. Where things really got interesting: they will make "reasonable substitutions" in the sushi constructions if there are things you can't eat; replacing avocado with cream cheese is a standard
substitution. :D I have never found a sushi place that would change anything, they all acted like their recipes were dipped in gold or something. So if you are looking for a special-diet-friendly sushi place, check out Fujiyama.
My father sent home a bag of 30 bulbs, which at a quick glance seem to be a random mix of tulips and daffodils. I think I will plant them in the prairie garden en masse.