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Dear All

I hope this message finds you well.

I wish to inform you that Masuda Gallery will be closed from August 1
st to September 3rd due to my trip to Japan.

In mid August, we have an annual Buddhist custom called, “Bon” or “Obon” to honor the spirits of our ancestors in Japan. It is a time for family gatherings.

In my hometown, Kyoto, there is a Daimonji no Okuribi (Daimonji bonfire). It is an event held on the evening of August 16
th, when giant Chinese characters and other motifs are depicted by fires lit to illuminate the surrounding mountains of Kyoto. It signifies the moment when the spirits of deceased family members, who are said to visit this world during Obon, return to the spirit world – thus the name Okuribi (“send-off fire”)

It is renowned for evoking the feelings and image of a Kyoto summer. 

I am really looking forward to report on my exhibitions and the people I have met through this gallery over the past year.

I also look forward to seeing you on my return with my new acquisitions. If you have any requests, please let me know.

Thank you again very much for your support.

Kind regards,
Masako