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I was born in Nanao, Ishigaki and raised in Yokohama, Kanagawa. by youme

I was born in Nanao, Ishigaki and raised in Yokohama, Kanagawa. My antique-loving mother collected daily commodities and artworks (especially pottery and dyed goods) from the Taisho period and the beginning of the Showa period. I have memories of joining my mother in collecting these wonderful artworks from permitted warehouses. As a result, I was raised with artworks as a part of my life. I have always loved drawing, but I became particularly interested in fine arts when I entered middle school. It was because my middle school art teacher, “Ken sensei” was a very funny person. During class, Mr. Ken would play different genres of music from J-pop to classical music. Thinking about it now, he was doing a pretty audacious thing… “Don’t limit yourself, think and express freely, and have fun!” I still remember it being that kind of class. I also learned about Japan’s brilliance through art. “Japan is a small country, but there are many precious artifacts in each region. You guys should take pride in this country’s excellent techniques and knowledge.” I will never forget those words. I could honestly say that “Japan is amazing!!” From there, I started my full-scale art activities? An encounter with a wonderful teacher (person) can change your life… I… Read More »I was born in Nanao, Ishigaki and raised in Yokohama, Kanagawa. by youme