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By Michelle
May 12, 2006 - 9:45 PM

Hello World!

Last weekend we went downtown for the last days of the phenomenal and very crowded Katsushika Hokusai exhibit at the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. I don't know nearly enough about Japanese art to say anything really coherent, but the very first scroll one encountered when entering the exhibit, "Thunder God," looks so contemporary that my children at first thought it was from some manga they don't know, and the animals, deities and seascapes are amazing. We also went through the smaller Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibit, "History of History", which is a mix of Sugimoto's own photographs, designs and found objects with a collection of Japanese ritual objects dating back thousands of years.

The Sackler and Freer Galleries are connected via underground tunnel, and since we had parked on the Freer side and our younger son had seen a poster advertising Whistler's Peacock Room, which was moved nearly intact from London to Freer's home in Detroit before he gave it to the Smithsonian. Then, since we were in the mood for animals and the National Zoo has a pair of new baby sea lions rescued in California, we went to the zoo and got our closest glimpse yet of the baby panda, Tai Shan. There is nothing cuter than a baby panda.

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