Tuesday, May 5, 2009

on 5/5/9 Mari is talking about her cat dolls and showing her vase that her grandson gave to her 12 years ago and the little baby shoes of her grandson as well -

Mari talking about her group of bears to her family -via this video on 5/5/9

Mari remembering the visit of Fukiko and her two grandsons in her home studio -

some of her painting are in the backgroud -

Saturday, May 2, 2009

and for next time:

this dear Fukiko and family of Mari Hirooka is a scene from my very own neighborhood - Forest Hills, New York which I promise to show you when you visit again and have a little bit more time to spend enjoying New York:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mari Hirooka - Portrait

Mari Hirooka - Portrait

Copyright: Walter Paul Bebirian

Picture of the Moment-#2167

Painting: Mari Hirooka

Copyright: Walter Paul Bebirian


Painting by Mari Hirooka:

Copyright: Walter Paul Bebirian


Painting by Mari Hirooka

Copyright: Walter Paul Bebirian

About Mari Hirooka -

Subject Mari Hirooka,Japanese Writer And Artist

Date Sat Jul 12 2003 13:45
Author Walter Paul Bebirian (wprb1@yahoo.com)

Mari Hirooka, was born in Tokyo, Japan February 6,1930. Mari graduated from Ishikawa Kenritsu Daini Kojo, Ishikawa, Japan in March 1948. During her schooling, Ms. Hirooka had published numerous poems and had countless exhibitions of painting since childhood.

September 1966, Ms. Hirooka came to live in the United States to stay in Denver Colorado in 1967, however, Ms. Hirooka obtained permanent residence visa as a writer on literature and art in San Francisco in February at Nichibei Times. Ms. Hirooka arrived in New York in April of 1968.

Mari not only an artist and writer, also designed new musical instruments, trying to produce new sounds and music, different from the ones extablished. Titled "Fantasy of Science." This was introduced to an exhibition at Bank of Tokyo, San Francisco and at Yamaha Piano Company.

During February 1980 the official opening of a nonprofit organization charter was granted by New York State and opening exhibition wsas "True Treasure Artist of Harikiri," he could not get an exhibition in Japan but he was exhibited here in the "Nippon Museum" that Ms. Hirooka had established during February 1977. This was an important step for both the US and Japan.

Ms. Hirooka had also worked with Handicapped children (mentally and physically), and there work was promoted in both countries Japan and the USA. A story was made about each woodcut print made by each handicapped child and was distributed to many schools in the US. Jimmy Carter accepted six pieces of art done by the children [blind,mentally,physically handicapped]for the White House Library.

Mari started showing her art at various places during 1981 to 1992. In 1987, Connecticut Museum NECCA had presented Mira's painting titled "American Dream".

Currently, Mari Hirooka has the rare opportunity of being one of the only artists in the entire world who has recently had one of her paintings included in one of the images in the extremely large collection of Walter Paul Bebirian's "Picture of the Moment" series in his On-Line Gallery. Ms. Hirooka, in the latest piece in her "American Dream" series entitled "American Dream-
World Great Changing" has made an unprecedented step by combining her traditional Japanese style with her more modern storytelling style to create this new captivating mix.

Walter Paul Bebirian has taken this one step further and then combined this latest of Mari Hirooka's work with is candid style of making a momentary and instant exhibit within his environment, displayed in Picture of the Moment-#2167 (search item POM-2167) in his Website's photography On-Line Gallery (shop section) in his vastly diverse and constantly evolving website.


By including her work in his image Mr. Bebirian has attempted not only to show the great beauty and creativeness in this new combination created by Ms. Hirooka but believes that within Ms. Hirooka's silk screen four paneled painting, and then by the inclusion in his image Picture of the Moment-#2167 we seem emerging the tremendous results of what will be seen soon in or societies throughout the world-the result of continuos convergence and reshaping of all things globally.

**Please Note- All copyrights for both the four paneled silk screen painting entitled "american Dream-World Great Changing" and Picture of the Moment-#2167 are owned by Walter Paul Bebirian.
A message from Fukiko April 28,2009:

Dear Walter
Thank you the other day.
I went back to my own country and watched your blog.

My father (a former husband of Mali) was a haiku poet (a person making
Japanese short poetry with a fixed form).
Father made the haiku that contained a name of my mother.
Because I thought that I was interested in the fan of the haiku of
father, I wrote that I met mother in New York in the blog about my
I introduced your blog to there.

Because I was not meeting me and mother for a long time, I was too tense
and have forgotten that I took the photograph.
I did not have an image at all when there was not your video.
I was helped by you.

(This email used Yahoo translation.)

短歌と評論 実用短歌 言葉遊び


Saturday, April 25, 2009

A family portrait by a Picasso scupture on 58th Street right off of Fifth Avenue headed towards Sixth Avenue and a slice of pizza!!! :-)

and then on to the Museum of Modern Art at 53rd Street - what a beautiful day to do and see so many wonder things -

thank you!


looking up at the stairway of the Apple store while waiting for the elevator to go up -

descending on the glass elevator of the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue -

the view towards downtown Manhattan from in front of the the entranceway of the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue

a little look around and then we head towards Fifth Avenue -

plenty of beautiful flowers but no butterflies -

the right time to see the many tulips in front of the Plaza Hotel -

we are now on Central Park West at 7th Avenue headed towards Fifth Avenue and there is plenty to see - a short parade of the horse and buggy along the Park -

an introduction to everyone - still on 57th Street -

We have the whole family together now and are on our way towards Fifth Avenue first along 57th Street -

talking about putting this video on the Internet on You Tube - and some discussion about Fukiko's hand held device -

here I have presented Fukiko with a sample kit for the art available in my galleries at:


my first encounter with Mari and Fukiko outside of the Holiday Inn as they return from having some breakfast at McDonald's -

a little further on 57th Street towards the West Side of Manhattan I capture a glimpse of a familiar building between two other buildings in this little sliver of space and discover something very unique that I had never noticed before on the very top - a pyramid resembling that same pyramid that is printed on the dollar bill -

on the way to the Hoiday Inn on 57th Street I encounter the Heast Buildng and this giant structure which seems to have been built right on top of the original buidling which has been there for many years -

here I take the escalator up to the mezzanine level of the Time Warner Building and show you a view looking out on Columbus Circle and then zoom in on Central Park South in the direction of Fifth Avenue along in the direction we will walk later on when we are all together -

the I ventured into the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle and encountered one of Botero's Scuptures -

then I shot some of the area in Columbus Circle on the way to their hotel - the Holiday in only two blocks from here at 57th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues -

before I we all met that day - I took this on my way from the subway station

This Blog contains

This Blog contains a few video clips from a very special get together of Mari Hirooka and her daughter Fukiko Takayanagi and Fukiko's two sons - Yumito and Azusa -that has taken place in Manhattan on 4/25/2009 - may they always remember the happy moments from this day!!! :-)