This is a photo from my trip last Spring to Hirosaki Castle. I’d been wanting to go see the cherry blossoms there for a few years after learning the castle is one of the best hanami places in Japan with it’s 2,500 plus cherry trees surrounding the castle. I couldn’t have gotten any luckier. I was so lucky to be there right at full bloom. Then two days later more than half of it was all gone from rain and wind. It was such an amazing thing to see. Spring time in Japan is magical—pink trees everywhere!
Over the last year I’ve been slowly working on a fun secret project that I hope to release sometime later this year. I’ve been making a lot of progress on it lately—fingers crossed I’ll have it done soon. Here’s a peek at an illustration from it.
Starting back in August I began remodeling a room in my house and have finally almost finished it. The room is full of personal work ideas that I’ve had for the last few years that until now have lived on only in my sketch books or the back of my mind. It’s been really great getting to finally start some of them and bring them to life. Above is ‘Color Study #3’ which is from a larger body of color studies I’ve been working on that are about movement and color.
Over the last few months I’ve been working on making a couple large custom sets of my kokeshi for Herman Miller. They are going in their stories in Manhattan and Dallas. Super excited to have made these for them.
‘The Face of the Past’ seems to be the side less seen of Taro Okamoto’s Tower of the Sun from the Expo70 fairgrounds. When I finally got to visit it in Osaka two years ago I had never seen the back side of the tower. It was pretty magical when I did. I entered the park from the central entrance by cab and had to walk over to the Tower of the Sun through the park. All I could see as I approached was the backside of the head to the Face of the Future over the surrounding trees. Then I came to the open grounds where people where hanging out and playing as the huge tower loomed over everyone.