I have been brooding on what to write this week, when I found the Hochdorf photos, I came across others that were part of the visit to the German museum to hand back six scrolls that LS had given a new life to. These 6 scrolls belonged to a 19th century doctor Erwin Balz who lived in the town of Bietigherm Bissingen and had collected an awful lot of Japanese stuff, there was a section in the museum charting his life.
The scrolls were of very ugly gods, flamboyantly dressed and probably all with their own tales to tell. LS gave a talk as well.
Our plane journey landed us at Stuttgart late evening, and we had two large suitcases with the scrolls and boxes in. We had to try several taxis before we could fit them in, so at about midnight we arrived at our hotel in the snow with LS worrying about the method to get in, it was just a numbered key lock, and luckily it worked.
You can read the history of this doctor in the Wiki entry above, but a couple of photos show him in Tokyo, he was an advisor to the Emperor.
|Here he is being pulled in a rickshaw, The top photo is of 'ethnic' people|
|inside the museum|
The scrolls are beautiful in their own way, details are meticulous, the hare captured in the moon...