Friday, May 27, 2016

Japanese Passports to Feature Hokusai Ukiyo e Prints

Japanese passports are to feature reproductions of famous Hokusai prints on their pages.

There will be 24 prints all taken from Hokusai's famous ukiyo e series 36 Views of Mount Fuji.

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued some sample images to show what the passports will look like. The Japanese government will start issuing the passports in 2019 as Japan gets ready for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The external covers of the passports will remain the same as they are now Blue for five year passports and Red for ten year passports.

Paul Conneally

May 2016

EMI ANRAKUJI Untitled 455

EMI ANRAKUJI  Untitled 455  2015 japanese artist   new york photographer


Untitled 455 


Exhibition: 1800 Millim├Ętre

"Emi Anrakuji represents herself as an alchemist of images and a catalyst for daydreams and desires. The vignettes of jigsaw puzzle-like photographs of herself and others blur the boundaries between documentary and staged photography. Posing naked, clothed, or partially dressed, Anrakuji takes a uniquely obsessive interest in her own body. Her legs, arms, toes, lips and hair create arresting compositions and erotic ambience. Anrakuji's obsession with the human body is a result, in part, from her long periods spent hospitalized: after graduating from art school in Tokyo in the mid-1980s, she suffered a cerebral tumor that prevented her from making art for more than a decade. During her gradual recovery, she began to make block prints, then photographs."

More of Emi Anrakuji's work along with that from other cutting edge photographers and artists can be found at Miyako Yoshinaga.

The Miyako Yoshinaga gallery is in New York and is a 'must visit' art venue.


547 West 27th Street 2nd Floor

New York NY 10001-5511, USA

T: 212 268 7132

TUE – SAT 11am - 6pm

For August and holiday hours, please call or email at:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Around The Rhubarb

I miss them the rag-and-bone men of my childhood. Taking things out to them to be rewarded not with money but perhaps a balloon. In my head a green balloon although I know it wasn't always so. The smell of the horse and the wonderment when it chose to peacefully urinate outside the house. My grandmother's house. The steam.

I dig in some fresh manure
around the rhubarb

Little Onion

from the haibun archives of Little Onion (Paul Conneally) - you can read a little about how writer Ray Rasmussen used this haibun as a model and how modelling from other works can help in the writing of new works here : HAIBUN TODAY

Paul Conneally (Little Onion) writer and artist eating Rhubarb
Little Onion seen eating rhubarb at Loughborough University. You can watch and hear him talking about rhubarb and politics here: DON'T VOTE TORY EAT RHUBARB 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wisteria Blooms

Paul Conneally haiku Little Onion

wisteria blooms
the piano mover
lets out a sigh

Little Onion

Photo: Paul Conneally

Kev Ryan - Artist, Photographer, Activist

Artist and photographer Kev Ryan of Charnwood Arts

Photograph: Paul Conneally, All Saints Parish Church, Loughborough

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Counting The Blossoms

sake no hana haiku by Little Onion Paul Conneally poetry

counting the blossoms
caught in her hair
she loves me

Little Onion

Little Onion is resident haiku master at Sake No Hana the modern Japanese restaurant in Mayfair, London.

Click here for the Sake No Hana guide on How To Haiku: 

Before The Match

Paul Conneally police leicester city LCFC

before the match
that sees Leicester City
crowned champions
of the Premier League
a group photograph

Little Onion

Photo: 'Smile' Paul Conneally King Power Stadium Leicester May 2016