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Train bridge to Venice
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Venice ヴェネツィアは、どこへ行っても絵はがきの風景Everywhere you go in Venice looks like a picture postcard. A photographer's paradise. It's an impossible place. Too many things to see, and you can never see them all.
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Venice waterfrontYou can walk along the waterfront to go to the Venice Biennale site.
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St. Mark's Square and Palazzo Ducale seen from the boatYou can also take a boat down the canal to go to the Venice Biennale site.
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Venice Biennale marker
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Entrance to Venice Biennale at Giardini ヴェネツィア・ビエンナーレの入口The Venice Biennale has two main sites: The lush and garden-like Giardini and the Arsenale, a short walk away. Other venues (mainly country pavilions) are scattered around Venice.

ヴェネツィア・ビエンナーレは、二つのメイン会場があって、一つはこの緑豊かなガーディニ会場。ここは、いろいろの国のパビリオンがある。イタリヤ館も日本館がここにあります。
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Venice Biennale at GiardiniThe Giardini site has country pavilions that are permanent buildings. Most of the major countries are represented by their own pavilions. This is the path to the Italian Pavilion, the largest one of all.
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Falling Down LaughingSculpture seen on the way to the Italian Pavilion.
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Italian Pavilion イタリア館The Italian Pavilion was the largest of all, featuring numerous exhibition rooms and numerous artists.

イタリア館が最大のパビリオン。
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Japan Pavilion 日本館The Japan Pavilion is also in the Giardini site.

まったく地味な建物で、全然日本らしくありません。
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Japan Pavilion entrance 日本館の入口
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Japan Pavilion showing Miyako Ishiuchi 日本館は、30年ぶりに写真家が出品:石内都The last time a Japanese photographer held a solo show at the Venice Biennale's Japan Pavilion was in 1976 with Kishin Shinoyama. Almost 30 years later, we finally have a photographer as Japan's featured artist. She is Miyako Ishiuchi.

Her exhibition was titled: mother's 2000-2005--traces of the future. This is a series of photos of her deceased mother's personal effects--clothing, lipstick, kimono, etc.

A catalog of the same name was also published and sold in the pavilion. They also had sample copies of her other photo books (all in Japanese), but only the catalog was for sale.

写真家が単独で日本代表となるのは、1976年の篠山紀信以来です。今回の第51回のヴェネツィア・ビエンナーレに石内都が出品したのは、2000年に亡くなった母の遺品を撮った「Mother's」シリーズ。服、ヘアブラシ、口紅、といった品々が主の不在を静かに訴えかける。計35点。
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Japan Pavilion showing Miyako Ishiuchi 日本館内Most of the photos showed the personal effects of her deceased mother. Sticks of lipstick, clothing, kimono, etc. A video monitor on the floor showed her photos of Yokosuka.
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Japan Pavilion showing Miyako Ishiuchi 日本館内The pavilion was well attended.
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Swiss Pavilion スイス館
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Park bench
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US Pavilion アメリカ館A few big rooms with white walls and paintings.

幾つかの大きい部屋に絵画。
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Near the ArsenaleAnother picture postcard street.
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Path to Arsenale
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Arsenale アーセナレ会場The Arsenale is a huge, long building housing various art works by 49 artists.

アーセナレ会場は、細長い、とてもでっかい建物の中に個人のアーティストの作品が展示。
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Inside the Arsenale アーセナレの中
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Hippo in the Arsenale
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By Mona HatoumThe center bar rotates around as it makes ridges and flattens them.
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Inside the Arsenale
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Photo exhibition in Arsenale
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Pay phones housed by birds, by Sergio VegaOutside the Arsenale there were these pay phones.
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Mariko Mori at the Arsenale 森 万里子のUFOHer trademark UFO.
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Mariko Mori 中にも入れるThree people at a time could go inside and watch some kind of video.

三人が入れる。
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Line to enter Mariko Mori's UFO UFOに入るために並んでいる
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St. Mark's Square and Campanile
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Boat landing for St. Mark's Square
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Piazza San Marco or St. Mark's Square ヴェネツィアの中心であるサンマルコ広場The heart of Venice and where all the tourists are. The square is lined with shops and restaurants. Public toilets cost money.
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St. Mark's Square and entrance to the CampanileIt doesn't take long to go up the elevator to the top of the tower. It was surprisingly uncrowded, unlike St. Mark's Basilica where there was a long line at all times.
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View from Campanile 鐘楼の展望台からの風景The tower provided magnificent views of the square and the entire island of Venice.
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View from Campanile 鐘楼からの風景
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View from Campanile - San Giorgio island 鐘楼からの風景
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Bell ringing on Campanile 鐘楼が鳴らし始めたWe asked if the bells were actually rung. The answer was yes. And it was to ring next at 6:30 pm. So we waited 15 min., and sure enough two of the bells started to ring, jerking back and forth. It wasn't as loud as you would think.

鐘楼の上にいたとき、偶然に鐘が鳴らし始めた(午後6:30).
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Palazzo Ducale inner courtyardThe Palazzo Ducale next to St. Mark's Square is truly magnificent. The rooms have very ornate paintings and carvings. It was not crowded at all compared with St. Mark's Basilica which was just too crowded with people.
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Grand Canal and Ponte di Rialto bridgeThis is the main bridge crossing the Grand Canal. The middle of the bridge has a row of shops.
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Atop Ponte di Rialto bridgeThis is one of three bridges crossing the Grand Canal.
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View from Ponte di Rialto bridge
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Ponte di Rialto bridge and gondola
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Gondola stationA gondola ride is not exactly cheap, but affordable with 5 or 6 people.
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Gondola
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Common boatThis is one of the most common means of public transportation in Venice. Many of the canals have heavy boat traffic.
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Boat crew
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Boat captain
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Graffiti even in Venice 落書きThere was graffiti almost everywhere I went in Italy. Sadly, even in Venice.

イタリアは落書きが多い。ヴェネツィアにも結構ある。
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University of Venice ヴェネツィア大学
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University of Venice library ヴェネツィア大学の図書室
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University of Venice classroom ヴェネツィア大学の教室
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University of Venice, Japanese Dept. ヴェネツィア大学の日本語学科Building housing the Japanese Department. It faces a canal.
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Building along the canal
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Venetian food ヴェネツィアの料理
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Venetian food ヴェネツィアの料理
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Grilled veggies
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Venice train station ヴェネツィアの駅The walk between the bus station and train station is a little longer than you would like it to be.
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Inside Venice station ヴェネツィアの駅
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Luggage storage room ヴェネツィアの駅の荷物預かり所Coin-operated lockers were out of order in the station. In the morning at 9:30 am, the line can be long for people wanting to store their baggage.
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Venice Station train platforms ヴェネツィアの駅のホーム
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Train to Milan (back end) ヴェネツィアの駅(ミラノへの電車)
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Inside the train to Milan ミラノへの電車
   
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