One of the reason why I became interested in the environmental issues, especially water circulation which is very important factor for our environment as an artist is my father's influence. My father was a wild bird researcher before he became a severely disabled person. Fortunately, I could spend meaningful time with him for twenty years since he had a very free positive spirit despite of his unmovable body. There are two things I learned from him.How important water for the environment is, and everything is all related each other.


He was a member to establish Osaka Nankou Bird Sanctuary, and he spent all his passion for nature to this work. While I have been very proud of his this amazing work, I also have grown my interest toward the nature around us.  


After the big earthquake in 2011, my perspective of the world has completely changed. I thought about the environmental contamination in Japan and the world by this disaster. This happened because of the contradiction lying at the heart of our life. Materialistic innovation and Environmental pollution.

All our life stands on this contradiction. 


As an artist living in this world, I create the moment for the viewers to feel and think that we are all related and can find gods everywhere around you. I believe the moment our compassionate thought towards trees, flowers, ocean, rivers, mountains and sky will change something.




As far as I live in this world, I will continue to make my art works with the hope for the future.




The first process of creating this series starts from taking pictures. I travel around Japan and take pictures of the landscape which impress me.  It  means  I record the time and  place I exist at that  moment. I combine this record with my subjective

feeling, thought, and senses when I finish it up as a final work. The whole  process of creating the series "Record" is how I can make a balance between the outer and inner world, or  I should say between the objective and subjective world.


Process 1:Contact with the outside world

I start my creative process by walking outside and recording it by taking pictures. 

The photos I take during my walks connect the inside and outside of me as a pivot. 

Photography is more objective than drawing or sketching as a media. Observation and decision making are important processes when we take pictures. It is the perfect media to keep the right distance between polar opposites such as; inside and outside, subjective and objective, conscious and unconscious.


Process 2: Creating the drawing for the final paintingThe series “Record" 

First I print out the photos and select a few. I then scrape off unnecessary parts of the picture by using sand paper. The oxidation process is a metaphor for living. All human beings continuously take in oxygen into our body and oxidize our cells by breathing. I also burn photos by using incense stick. This symbolizes the purifying phenomenon I captured on the photos. Thus I believe I could create the circulation between the reality on this world and beyond.


I draw on the photos on the board to finish. During this process, I examine the relationship and distances between the inside and outside one last time. 


 the series “Record"

Process 3: Integration

I use the work I created in process 2 as my draft or inspiration for the final painting. I integrate the aluminum drawing, my spontaneous feelings, and my original landscape onto my oil painting. Fragments of nature on my photo-picture awake something inside of me and connect with each other with unstable vibrations. 

My works are monochromatic and minimal. White as a blank space and black as a shadow. These two colors represent the spirit and body in Taoism.


I then paint by aligning my breath with my heart beats. My final painting then comes truly out of the result of integration of my inner and outer world.




私が環境問題や水の循環等に、関心を持つ切欠となったのは父の存在だった。父は野鳥研究者で、様々な開発が環境に及ぼす影響を調査する、環境アセスメントという仕事をしていた。しかし、私が3歳の時に、重度障害者となり身体の自由を失うこととなった。父が亡くなるまでの20年間、動くことのない身体と対照的に前向きで自由な父の精神は健在であり続け、父と過ごす時間の重なりの中で, それは静かに伝わってきた。













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