With the funding for spring addition to our Front Porch at Old Mill Tasty Shop, my daughter Sarah and I decided to install a Little Free Library. Last October, we started working on this project. After brainstorming, we chose the design that mimics the store front of the Old Mill. Then we had a woodworker on Etsy called “Wall to Wall Woodworks” in Mississippi build the library. We chose them because they have experience with building custom-designed little libraries. After we safely received it in December, we worked on sanding, staining, painting, sealing and putting vinyl letters. Early this month, we went to install it at our Front Porch. My son James helped us as well. It was an exciting moment for us! The library looks so cute in front of the restaurant! In a week or so, it already got filled with books. Currently, we are in the process of registering it to set up a steward account and list its location on Little Free Library's app.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Sunday, January 22, 2023
After Ⅰ had a show at the Minami Terrace Art Space in Tokyo in last November, Roger Lowther of Community Arts Tokyo created this podcast episode. It was aired last year during Christmas time. Roger is an organist, speaker, author, and leader in various global arts ministry organizations. This episode is written from a meditation on my work as seen from his perspective. I am very humbled and would like to thank him for such a beautifully written piece.
About Roger, this looks like a good page to check out. You can listen to his beautiful music from this page as well. You can find the books that he has written, too, which I am very interested in reading. I wish I had more time in Tokyo to discuss with him and his wife, Abi, about art, culture-care, life, and faith. While I am waiting for another chance to see them, I would like to listen to more episodes on his podcast.
You can subscribe his podcast from this page.
Friday, January 20, 2023
I know I’m a bit behind with this, but The Shocker, WSU’s alumni magazine, is back in a new format starting with Fall/Winter 2022 issue. I’m featured as the artist on Shock Art page of this issue. If you're a WSU alumni and get a copy, I hope you check it out!
Friday, December 30, 2022
This is a video interview by Rev. Machida of B&A Ministries (Bible & Art Ministries) in Japan. I have been connected with B&A since their charity exhibition in 2012 after the Great East Japan Earthquake. However, I had never had a chance to share about my large-scale installations or other activities in the U.S., so I am grateful for this opportunity to explain my work in this way. It's all in Japanese. I am talking about what inspired my work and the secret stories behind the creation of my work. It is a bit long, so you might want to watch it over several times.
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Downtown Wichita announced that all of us the Front Porch makers are going to get additional funding for Christmas and spring. My daughter Sarah and I decided to add LED solar lights and artificial green to our Front Porch for Christmas. We hand crafted bushes using an artificial tree to go with the planters. The other day, we went to install them.
The decoration at Naftzger Park across the street can be seen from our Front Porch and it's very pretty! We hope our decoration adds Christmas spirit to this area.
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
In the last post, I announced a solo exhibition in Asuka, Nara, Japan, but for those of you in eastern Japan who thought that it was a little far away and couldn't go, I have another opportunity for a solo exhibition, and it is in Tokyo! There is also time for an artist talk and discussion hosted by Community Arts Tokyo. This is the first time for me to have a solo exhibition in Tokyo! I would be happy if I could see you during the exhibition!
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
I’m going back to Japan in November for about two and a half weeks! It's been five years since the last time I went back. One of the things I want to do is having a show that I had to cancel two and a half years ago due to the pandemic. It's going to be at Garo Asuka, a Japanese traditional machiya-style art gallery in Asuka-village, the ancient capital of Japan. I love having a show at an unique place like this, and I'm very thrilled. If you're in the area, I hope you and your friends can stop by!
Event page on Facebook：https://www.facebook.com/events/407126231398407/?ref=newsfeed
11月に日本に二週間半ほど帰ります！ 前回から５年ぶりです。 色々やりたいことがあるのですが、その 1 つは、パンデミックのために 2 年半前にキャンセルしなければならなかった個展をすることです。 日本の古都、明日香村にある、画廊飛鳥という、伝統的な町屋スタイルのアートギャラリーでさせてもらいます。こういったユニークな場所でショーをするのが好きなので、とても楽しみにしています！ お近くの方はお誘いあわせの上、是非お立ち寄りください。住所、地図等は下に添付しておりますDM画像をご覧ください。