Thursday, March 11, 2021

10 Years After Tohoku Disaster and Hisakatano

    Today is 10 years since the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. After 10 years, the journey still continues. Japan's grief and loss can never truly heal. I would like to send my sincere condolence to all who have been affected. I pray that such a devastating disaster won't happen anywhere in the world.


One year after the disaster, I made this piece "Hisakatano". I learned that creating something can help us calm our hearts and make us move on even in the time of mourning.


     The title of this piece "Hisakatano" is from a waka, a short poem by Kino Tomonori from the 9th century.  The word Hisakatano itself does not have a meaning, but it is a word that goes with the word ‘the light’. The poem goes like this...

On such a light tranquil spring day,
Why do the cherry blossoms fall like restless thoughts?



You can read the artist statement here.