From Boston to Chicago (May 11-14,
New York (May
Philadelphia (May 18-20, 1996)
(May 21-23, 1996)
I am in the lounge of Chamounix Mansion, Philadelphia. Today
I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. That was
so huge that I could not see every room in there. There are plenty
of works of Paul Klee, Stewart Davis, Henri Rousseau, Giorgio
de Chirico, Jasper Jones, Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, James Rosenquist,
etc. The glass work section was so fantastic, because I have
never seen that kind of arts before. The reflections between
two or more phases of different glasses were very interesting.
I got tired sooner than usual, because the bed in the hostel
was too hard to feel comfortable and to sleep well.
There was a trouble before arriving at Chamounix Mansion.
The taxi driver did not know exactly where the hostel was. We
were moving around this, Fairmount Park. Finally we went supermarket
and made a phone call to the hostel. At the supermarket, we met
a old woman who was asked the direction by the taxi driver on
the way! She concerned whether the charge meter was running or
not. I confirmed the meter had already stopped. How kind she
Then finally we get the hostel, and I said "Thank you
for traveling." He smiled. I think he was good man except
for the lack of knowledge about places. When I entered, the worker
asked me how much it costed by the taxi. I said, "15 dollars."
He said, "That was fair enough. Some drivers ask more expensive
In the morning, I went to Denny's to have a breakfast with
a man who was from 2 hours away by car, and woman who was from
Germany. She is studying Chemistry as a Doctor. He is a social
worker in a hospital, and was just enjoying a weekend. They speaks
English very well. So I wished I could have spoken well.
Fortunately, they each have cars. I could ride on her car
to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We split at the entrance and
started looking. There are many works of Marcer Duchamp. Those
were interesting for me. I think the Museum here is much smaller
than the Metropolitan Museum. We can see everything in a day.
Then I visited National Historical Park Philadelphia. But
I gave up seeing early, because it was too late to join a guided
tour. And another reason was that it was too hot today. I would
not imagine it when I was in Chicago.
I am in the lounge of Washington International Youth Hostel.
Before leaving the hostel of Philadelphia, I had a chance to
have a breakfast with old American people. There were a woman
looked almost the same age as my mother, and her parents. They
live in Ohio. They said that their country is almost flat, and
they don't have many mountains. They have a lot of farms.
While we were talking about languages, the woman's father
said, "European people usually learn English as a second
language, and most of them can speak English well. But we American
cannot always speak other languages. That is bad point of us."
The words impressed me very much. I said, "Japanese have
usually problems with learning English or some other languages,
because the language Japanese is completely different from Western
Before we parted, they gave me their phone number and said
"Feel free to visit our country and to stay our house."
It was very nice meeting them there.
At 4:00pm, I finally arrived at Union Station, Washington
D.C. Then I looked around the station's mall, and went to the
hostel. At 6:00pm, I walked around the White House and spent
about an hour in the park near the White House. I practiced some
rhythms with mallets a little. Then I had a meal at China Town.