Some moments remind me of how simple and elegant the construct of the universe might really be.
In fact, I do believe it is. And however many might also think that it's a utopic idea, I believe that the vast majority of the so-called voids of space are filled with a powerful force that humans call Love.
My brother Teru and his amazing wife Aya held their wedding ceremony on January 4th. I felt as though it was a manifestation of the beauty of the perfectly harmonious universal works in motion, bringing warm, wonderful people together and laughter-filled memorable moments throughout. Sincerely, I'm happy and honored to become a part of an expanding family circle full of beautiful souls.
To honor the celebration, I created their welcome board which you can see below.
Though the lighting could've been better (*note to self to check lights next time...!)
I hope it did convey my love and wishes for the newly wed couple.
"It was meant to be."という言い回しをします。
A sudden realization struck me one day in Tokyo at the beginning of 2008, when the sky outside the window was hanging gray and low. As I was swiveling in my chair in the pleasantly warm office in front of my computer monitor, as the graphic design work on the screen that I had just completed sat in the screen lifelessly detached from me, it came to me that it was possible for me to spend my life working as a graphic designer in an office in Japan, earn a stable income and live a life that is completely content in itself; without following my dream as an artist.
This thought terrified the hell out of me.
I will always remember when I chose to be an artist. I was 6 years old with a big smile that revealed two big gaps where my baby teeth had been.
It was during art class period at my elementary school in Mrs.Lamb's class, where the kids were divided into 5 different groups. Each group was given a big cardboard-mounted print of a famous painting to reproduce on a letter-size paper with colored pencils.
My group got "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci.
It sent the most electrifying bolt of white light that zapped blank my head-space.
I was suspended.
I heard my voice telling me "I'm going to be an artist like Leonardo da Vinci."
This, was the exact split second I decided to become an artist.
It will take multiple lifetimes to achieve anything close to a mind like da Vinci's, but this particular moment has always kept me on the path of art. I always loved to draw and wanted to become an illustrator, and along the way as I came to admire movies, theater, music and literature, I wanted to be a part of everything that pertained to the visual arts. At the age of 31, I am still very much haunted by my childhood conviction. Sometimes I felt that if I ever veered off onto a different path, I'd somehow be whipped back onto the artistic path by a force. I also didn't want to disappoint my child self if I ever traveled on a time-machine. Hence I've almost stubbornly kept my faith and loyalty to the voice I heard when I saw Mona Lisa.
In this lifetime, I want to be a creator of something that can be as everlasting and meaningful to someone, as da Vinci's painting is to me.
back in the swiveling chair at my desk in Tokyo.
As soon as I realized what my life can continue to be, I decided for good that I would go back to Los Angeles, go to art school, and dedicate myself to my dream.
9 months later, I was in Los Angeles.
Ready to start a new chapter.
(NOTE: I will actually go meet Mona Lisa in the Louvre, if I ever muster up enough courage to face my lifelong romanticism.)
I'm happily announcing the release of a book I created the cover for. "The Third Wave!" is a book on the Third Wave Coffee movement on the West Coast. Namely the San Francisco / Bay Area, written by a lovely couple in Berkley. This book is in Japanese, so for non-Japanese readers, I hope you'll enjoy the book cover!
Here is the link to the book on Amazon! http://l.ta6.me/thirdwavebook
I created the paper dolls and set for a warm and crafted feel, as are the coffees of the Third Wave. If there is an artisanal coffee shop near by, please visit and enjoy a cup of coffee made with care. Maybe take your mother out for a nice warm cup. Happy Mother's Day!
Born in Texas, grew up in Tokyo and in LA to rock the burlesque world. My favorite Nikita. Much love and respect to this fabulous and talented performer. The painting looking great on her blue wall!