November 13, 2011 |
On a perfectly clear afternoon last week, Eames Demetrios, grandson of the pioneering, multitalented designers Charles and Ray Eames, met me at the house and studio in Pacific Palisades that his grandparents built for themselves in the late 1940s. The living room of the boxy, steel-framed house was empty, its contents having been carefully packed up and carted 10 miles east to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As part of LACMA's "Living in a Modern Way: California Design 1930-1965," a major show in the Pacific Standard Time series , the items, more than 1,800 in all, have been painstakingly reassembled inside a full-sized replica of the house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1997 |
For a moment, it seemed that Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini was still looking out for the unfortunates of the world 80 years after her death. When a work crew arrived at the empty lot off Cesar Chavez Avenue to dismantle the shrine she helped create at the turn of the century, it found a homeless man taking shelter in the three-sided grotto. Cabrini, the first U.S.
December 6, 1992
I am writing in regard to the walking tour of Kyoto, Japan, led by Steve Beimel of Agoura, mentioned in your Tours & Cruises column Oct. 18. As a former tour participant, I have wonderful memories of Japan and its many temples, shrines and Zen gardens. I appreciate having seen Japan's preservation of its past. It is the Japanese "style" that has persisted and can be seen in their art and approach to nature, discipline, simplicity and cleanliness. Since the trip I have been very interested in learning more about Japan through histories, novels and films.
HOME & GARDEN
January 10, 2008
I enjoyed reading "Rescuing the Minka" [Dec. 27] about the preservation of old traditional farmhouses in Japan. In the early 1960s, while working in Japan, I met and married my late husband of 43 years. I travel to Japan often and love visiting his family in the village of Odochiyama, Niigata prefecture, near the beautiful Myoko mountains. I especially enjoy visiting the ancient farms still owned by his cousins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1992
The happenings are deplorable. The ironic thing is that such events are not without precedence. It just sets one to wonder as to why these hate-filled events keep occurring, because all they do and have done is to spur more hatred and violence. My knowledge of Hindu mythology tells me that Lord Rama was a stickler for equality and justice. It is time that we Indians realize that India is a very diverse country; there are differences and these should be resolved not by demolishing holy shrines but through affirmative action and equal opportunity.
March 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Nagano, Japan Fame is fleeting, but mountains are eternal. Or so it seems in Nagano, the mountain-ringed city in the center of Honshu, Japan's main island. Nagano had a brief brush with international fame when it hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics, but the city center has returned to its former self, a comfortably modern medium-size downtown spread out below the imposing Zenkoji Buddhist Temple. But the mountainous prefecture, or administrative region, encircling it seems ancient, with its Shinto shrines, hot springs and villages trapped in time.
February 26, 1989
I enjoyed the Norman Sklarewitz story, "The Accidental Tutor Plays a Big Role in Japan" (Feb. 12). However, the story had a happier ending than ours in Bangkok, Thailand. While walking around the city my husband and I were approached by two young men about 17 or 18 years old. They were very modest and polite and we were charmed by their courteous manners. What they wanted was to walk along with us and practice their English while they showed us some of Bangkok. We admired beautiful shrines and temples and learned a little about their religion.
May 11, 1991 |
Pope John Paul II arrived Friday in Portugal to venerate the Virgin Mary of Fatima, who he believes saved his life after an assassination attempt and helped end Communist rule in Eastern Europe. It was the Pope's second trip to the shrine at Fatima and his 50th foreign pilgrimage. He made the first trip in 1982, the year after being wounded by a Turkish gunman in Rome's St. Peter's Square.
August 20, 1989 |
MARIE ANTOINETTE is said to have held court at a gold-leafed toilet table. Victorian ladies had their hair brushed at long-mirrored "princess tables." Flappers sat at Art Deco stands making spit curls and beauty marks. But, for sexiness, glamour and kitsch, nothing has ever surpassed the Jean Harlow-movie vanity. The best of these 1930s beauty shrines were gracefully curved, with makeup drawers and secret jewel compartments.