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Write Around PAM: Utagawa Hiroshige

Writing allows us the chance to gain new perspective to write about our own experiences, or to step into someone else’s. This week, we invite you to spend some time with this piece by Utagawa Hiroshige and see what new perspectives it might offer you. Before or after you write, take some time to learn about Hiroshige’s life and art.⠀

First, take a moment to think about things that circle the sky. Birds, storms, stars. Now think about themes or feelings that are circling around your life. Write a list of these things and notice: Are the circles widening? Are they tightening? Looking at these themes or feelings from above, what new perspectives can you see?

We have some prompts to help you get started. You can choose one, both or follow your own adventure. Set a timer for 7 minutes and just keep the pen moving.

I’ve always been… / I’m trying to understand…

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration.You can revisit past posts from Sundays in May, June and July, and look for continuing weekly posts in August. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM 

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), Fukagawa Susaki and Jūmantsubo, no. 107 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 1857, color woodblock print on paper, image: 13 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in; sheet: 14 3/16 in x 9 3/8 in, The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection, public domain, 32.534