Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Moss Museum

 Hope everyone is enjoying your weekend. The weather here is fantastic-I wish it would stay like this year round. :)
Today I am sharing some Japan photos with you. I am taking you to the Moss Museum. OK, that may not sound exciting, and I thought that way at first, but it ended up being a fascinating little place. The Moss Museum in Nichinan is a world famous place for scientists who study moss and their relatives call Bryophytes, as well as some other plants too.

I really enjoyed this pods. I even carved a couple of rubber stamps they inspired me so much-but that is for another post another day.

But as much as the science was cool, there was a really fascinating piece of art here.

This is a one of a kind art book that shows the evolution of life on the planet. It was made by an artist but I am afraid I don't know the artist's name. All those boxes on the right are individual chapters in the book.
Why so many blank pages you wonder? That is because we do not know the full story yet.

This cool one of a kind book was for sale for $7000. We were lucky she even brought it out for us to see. I probably would have bought it but $7000 is not in my budget.
BUT, what was really exciting for me was that the artist made extra copies of the art prints and put them into albums which you could buy for a much much more affordable price.
And I bought one of these, as did my friend Deb who also went to Japan  and is one of my biology teacher co-workers.

This is just a few photos from the book. 
This is my kind of souvenir too-it's original, it's beautiful art, it's biology; it brings on a good memory, etc. etc. 
Especially since I can tell the story even though I can't read the caption.:)
Hope you have a great rest of your weekend.


kathyinozarks said...

Hi Erika, what a fascinating museum-and I love art work you were able to purchase--thanks so much for sharing
Happy weekend Kathy

Valerie-Jael said...

What a fascinating museum, and I love those beautiful books. Glad you were able to buy yourself one even if it wasn't the most expensive one! Have a wonderful day, hugs, Valerie

Astrid Maclean said...

That does indeed sound like an amazing museum, specially for biology teachers! The book looks amazing, and how wonderful you managed to get those cheaper versions, - stunning pictures in the book and great photos of the museum too!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an incredible place to visit. I would have LOVED it there. How wonderful that you were able to view all those books and the images the artist has created.

Those pods are beautiful, yet a bit creepy, too. I bet your carved stamp came out great. It really sounds like you had not only a fun experience, but a learning one, too.

CJ Kennedy said...

Moss, ho-hum, but the artist book is amazing. My favorite pages are the bird and the comet hurtling toward earth.

Meggymay said...

Fantastic interesting photos from the Moss museum. Those books looked great as well. More super photos from your trip to Japan.
Yvonne xx

froebelsternchen said...

I am most impressed with this books there and super that you got yourself a book as well! SUPER!!!
Hugs, Susi

Jeanie said...

That's a little outside my budget but what a fabulous book. The art is terrific and the whole museum sounds intriguing. I love the idea of the illustrator creating the art print albums and I'm glad you've added one to your collection. What a great idea!

Divers and Sundry said...

I had no idea there was a moss museum! I love moss and encourage it whenever and wherever I can. What a wonderful place to tour.

Rike said...

What a wonderful visit in the Moss Museum in Nichinan - very exciting photos!
Thank you for sharing such interesting things of our world!

Let's Art Journal said...

It was fun visiting the museum with you, what a fascinating place! Who would have thought there is a moss museum in Japan and oh, those books are amazing and well out of my price range too 😉. Thanks for sharing you wonderful visit to the museum and enjoy your day! J 😊 x