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Went to see the Japanese Masks exhibition today at the Asian Civilisations Museum. There was a very interesting old mask that was so very abstract and intriguing. It was made of clay with just a few markings that made up the nose, eyes and mouth but could contain more than one expression. The other masks that I thought were very interesting were the one of a young Japanese woman and and older Japanese woman. The masks are supposed to be slightly asymmetrical: the corner of the mouth turns down slightly one side but up the other and the eyes, one looks up one looks down. But although I could see a very slight asymmetry, it's hard to actually see how that changed the expression of the face depending on the angle. Saw the exhibition with an aikido buddy who's now pregnant so she has to stay off the mat. I kinda miss practising with her as well as my two other aikido buddies who've migrated to Oz.
The good thing about not having the usual suspects to practice with, is that I am forced to practice with new partners. Yesterday I worked with a 3rd kyu guy who I think seems to have returned after a break or transferred in from another sister dojo. It was interesting and I should definitely seek more partners who I don't usually work with. Forces me to adjust to different people as I've been too comfortable.