Akiko, our tour guide, said people living around there were not rich like people living in Beverly Hills, but there was a garden in each house and the land and buildings were estates. I didn't think people living there were poor. (Saori)

photo by Marvin Rand
L.A. Times, Calendar, 9 November 1997
from Rand's Book, "The Los Angeles Watts Towers,"
published by the Getty Conservation Institute

Wednesday 26 August 1998

Today was the day of our field trip. This morning I was surprised at the weather. It was very cloudy and looked like rain. In the morning I went to Fifth Street. There were juvenile vagrants. I think this area is like a ghost town. Then we went to Watts Towers by bus. I was comfortable in the bus. (Mitsuhiro) We went to see Watts, U.S.C., and the Getty Museum. Watts Towers, in Watts, are made of broken bottles, ceramic, rocks, and shells. (Asako) Watts Towers is like a park for children. The colors and shapes of the towers were a fairyland, I imagined. I found green 7-up bottles in the tower walls. I thought that the idea was very good. I regret that it was under repair. (Miho)

At Watts Towers

I saw Watts towers. Surprisingly, these towers were made by one person [Simon Rodia]. I think this is a great thing. The towers are proof that he existed, that he lived there. Artists or creators can bequeath something that attracts many people. I envy that, but I believe that everybody can bequeath something. (Tetsuji)

Next, I went to the L.A. Olympic Coliseum. There were male and female statues, and they had no heads. (Chisato)

Next, we went to U.S.C. The guide's name was George. I saw a big campus, theater, pool, library, trophies, and many kinds of people. In Japan I don't see that. I learned that America is a nation of many people. (Asako I.) People from 150 different countries are studying here.(Asako N.)

We had lunch at Subway. I couldn't understand what the shopman said. I regret that I couldn't communicate with him. (Tetsuji)

Next, we visited the J. Paul Getty Museum. I saw some photographs in this museum. Those pictures were taken by Walker Evans. He took pictures of daily life in the American city [of New York]. I think that there are wonderful events and beauty seen in our nearby surroundings. I could see various appearances of human beings from his pictures. There is no age, no sex, and no ethnic origin. (Tetsuji)

In the museum, we first saw Walker Evans' photographs. In one exhibition room, I saw the Subway Portraits (Gelatin Silverprint), "Wall Street," and "Third Street." I was impressed by "Wall Street." This picture was small, with dark colors, and showed the figure of many people being busy. From this, I learned about the busy-ness of New York City. (Yasuhiro) They were black and white, medium-sized pictures. From the pictures, I learned about the atmosphere of America. (Mitsuhiro) There were many pictures of buildings and bridges there.

Then we went to the Central Garden with Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson told us about many flowers, so I enjoyed this garden. Last, I went to "the Experience." I used a computer for the first time. Mrs. Johnson showed me the homepage she made for Bukkyo LA students. (Shinya)

On the second floor, many artists' paintings were exhibited. Many paintings concerned Christianity. (Saori) There was a wonderful view from the J. Paul Getty Museum. The art that impressed me was Ed Ruscha's "Light." This art looked like a poster. (Miho)

Today I saw many interesting things, so I learned many things. (Shinya)

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