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Oh, one-third of the residence period has passed. I'm staying with the other two artists from the U.S. and France. We decided to experience a sauna tonight. [caption id="attachment_4857" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Nagisa Mizuno[/caption] Sauna is a Finnish word and originally from Finland. No doubt that it is an essential part of Finnish culture. Most houses have a sauna attached even today.

Look at these two photos. What do you think is the difference? [caption id="attachment_4845" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Nagisa Mizuno[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4847" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Nagisa Mizuno[/caption] There will be plenty of answers, but one is “a focus.” The first one captured forest behind through the window. It might broaden your image of the outside world. On the other hand, the second's focus is

I explored Enonkoski, the nearest town, today. I went to a cafe&shop for lunch. I was surprised to see customers visit there one after another as I don't often see them outside. A single woman, a pair of an old lazy and her daughter, a group of ladies and gentlemen, and male field workers in yellow vests. It seems to be a

[caption id="attachment_4825" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Nagisa Mizuno[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4826" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Nagisa Mizuno[/caption] Do you know what these photos are? Galaxy in space found in a small remote place in Finland. Even on the earth, I can feel the universe. This is because there is no border or wall between the earth and outer space. No one can build one between them.

To see the same scenery of trees and snow through a different lens, I became a dwarf today. A little, only one cm high. She was walking on the icy grass, being careful not to fall. Suddenly, she stopped. [caption id="attachment_4818" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Nagisa Mizuno[/caption] A giant crystal flower appeared in front of her. "Wow..beautiful and the shape of the crystal is

I faced a laptop for a long time to keep exposed to too much information to deal with. So I went jogging for 15 minutes and got refreshed. I suddenly came up with a question: what have we humans faced in order to get information? Through what media has information spread? And what is comfortable to face for a long time for humans? [caption

Today I was walking in a forest nearby for an hour. A lot of fir trees reminded me of the fact that Christmas is coming soon. [caption id="attachment_4789" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Nagisa Mizuno[/caption] Snow crystal at the edge of fir trees caught my attention! [caption id="attachment_4796" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Nagisa Mizuno[/caption]

I went for a walk in the forest to see a lake today! Very quiet. My breath, falling snow, wind, birds singing… were clear to hear. The biggest sound was my footsteps. These are often hidden in cities even though there certainly are. [caption id="attachment_4783" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Nagisa Mizuno[/caption] If we remove all man-made things from a city, what would be left

I read an interview article about Japanese calligrapher Souun Takeda. He told the audience that “there are already beautiful things around you once you take the time to look around. It is the fastest way of changing people to let yourself happy. So we should start by changing yourself, and in other words changing your usual daily life.” (translated by Nagisa Mizuno) Original

I join my first artist in residence programme in Finland in November. I'll write a diary about what was the most impressive thing every day for a month. On the way to the residence in quite a remote place in east Finland, I took a couch from Helsinki to Savonlinna sitting next to a woman from the U.S. We just chatted about where