Sunday, February 22, 2009

Neon Buddhas Chinatown Inspiration


Neon Buddha
Originally uploaded by aliciadesign
Yesterday, my family and I ventured up to Chinatown in Los Angeles. We had never been to Chinatown so this was a new journey. I had read a couple day trip article in Sunset Magazine that had inspired the trip.
We had a wonderful time. I really enjoyed all the buildings, the signage, the lanterns everywhere, and all the great shopping. There was a store that I came across called http://Realmhome.com which was wonderful. Realm carried wonderful Quan Yin statues and butterfly strands and great art books. And other wonderful shiney things. That I wanted to take home. I had forgotten that Asian stores had lots of miniature things. I grew up in Hawaii and so Asian style has always been in my blood. So the trip sort of felt like a vacation home. I was presently surprised with all the cool art galleries in the area. We saw quite a few in the Chung King Alley. Another store I really enjoyed was Fongs. They had all kinds of wonderful miniatures. Even a miniature Fong's store inside the store. They also had some wonderful jewelry designers work there. My plan had been to photograph the neon at dusk and when I started to shoot at dusk my camera stopped shooting and gave the old low battery sign. I was bummed. But now it just means we have a reason to go back. I can't wait.

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