Artechouse = Art + Tech + House

This place was really cool in Washington, D.C. 



Artechouse = Art + Tech + House. 



Great immersive technology, art, music, dance, and light show. 



Highly recommend it!



This exhibit “Lucid Motion” was by Japanese artist Daito Manabe X Rhizomatiks Research.



They also had a nice augmented reality display. 



Had fun with the clan. 



Hope you enjoy!



(Credit Video: Andy Blumenthal)

Time To Mellow

Decided I needed a break from all the toxicity related to the 3rd major SAR Child Sex Abuse Scandal at this yeshiva,


This beautiful Japanese garden is way better to look at then the lies, denials, and cover-up that SAR and their public relations cronies are posting. 


Anyway, tired of their bullsh*t and you should be too. 


Enjoy the beautiful Japanese Garden. 


Compliments of one of the prior child victims of SAR Academy. 


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Fortune Cookie Generator

Ok, this is a most interesting fortune cookie:

“If your cookie still in one piece, buy lotto.”


Hmm, what cookie is this referring to?  And why should I buy lotto?


So I start to think that this is likely a computer-generated garbage fortune–i.e. the artificial intelligence makes no f*ckin sense! 


Anyway, you will be fascinated to know that the modern fortune cookie with the paper fortune inside the hollow of the cookie was invented in California.


However, the Japanese put something like this in the bend of the cookie already in the 19th century. 


Using this fortune as an example, I have this gnawing feeling that the Japanese fortunes had a lot more intellectual substance to them. 


Anyway, someone tell this lame cookie fortune teller that Lotto is way out and Powerball is in and where the real winnings are. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

X Marks The Spot With A Dot Dot Dot

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Love this exhibit by Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, at the Hirshhorn Museum. 


Unfortunately, they were out of passes for this special showing, so I could only grab a quick photo or two. 


But I was amazed at how splashes of dots and color can make such am amazing impact on a room. 


Futuristic and yet surreal. 


Everything in the room–walls, floor, chairs, tables, fixtures, and ornaments–had the design elements on them. 


The only thing that didn’t were the people checking it out and what a contrast that was. 


It felt like being in the fantasy world of Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory or something amazing like that. 


It is no surprise that people were lining up out the doors for tickets to this exhibit. 


What an spectacular vision for the world–so happy, so magical and so wow beautiful! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Look Who I Found In Synagogue

Pokemon

Well, this was quite a surprise in the hip Magen David Synagogue today.


I captured this amazing Pokemon. 


I can’t say that I actually saw him davening (praying) in shule. 


But he was on the way down to the kiddush (blessing and meal) after services. 


No virtual apps needed for this Pokemon.  


He was right there over the chulent (bean and meat stew)–Oh, that must’ve been another week. 


Anyway, this Pokemon is ready to defend in the next battle of good and evil. 


Thanks to Nintendo, Pokemon goes these days where the rest of our leaders are afraid to endeavor. 


Hence the search for Pokemon far and wide…it’s a true craze. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Japanese Cuisine Through Sheltered Eyes

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So I had my first Miso Soup today.


Actually, I shared it with my wife who checked that the stock was kosher–the lady said bonito–and my wife said, good. 


I’m a Jewish kid from the Bronx–what do I know from Miso Soup. 


So about the only thing that I can tell you about the soup is what a fishy taste!


I know it’s supposed to be really good for you–and that’s why I even tried it. 


But the closest thing that I can compare it to is the when my mom used to boil the wrapped gefilte fish in water before Shabbat–well the leftover water that gets discarded–that’s what in my imagination Miso Soup tasted like. 


Would I get it again? 


Let’s just say, I wouldn’t run to get it–however, for good health, I may hold my taste buds and sense of smell of all the fishy stuff in abeyance, and just drink in down.


In general though, I really like some Asian cuisine–for example, with vegetarian dishes things like Kung Po Tofu and Mo-Po Tofu or Crispy Eggplant and Vegetables in Fried Rice. 


The other thing I really like is the innovative Japanese Ramune “marble soda” in which you push out a real marble from the spout into the bottle and it rolls around inside while you drink the refreshing fruity flavors (don’t worry, it’s not as dangerous as it sounds). 


Last thing, I’ll mention is that I won’t eat sushi–raw fish seems like it’s primed to give you a nice big stomach ache–now this reminds me of another type of dish in Jewish tradition and that’s herring (often served with cream sauce) and prominent at many a Ashkenazi kiddush served after synagogue services. 


With the Sushi, if they can somehow manage to cook it for me and use kosher fish, okay–otherwise, I’m heading to the nearest Chinese Kosher Restaurant for some nice Sesame, Kung Pao, Moo Shu, or Lo Mein with Beef or Chicken. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)