It's wonderful to explore familiar locations, see old friends and family, but I also had a very busy schedule of preparation, culminating in a ten day solo exhibition at Space Yui in Aoyama, followed by another seven day show (currently still running as I write) at Yui Garden in Yokohama.
|The front porch of Space Yui|
No matter how many years go by my fascination with Tokyo remains undiminished, I try to be as busy as I can when we go back, it's a city that demands purpose and direction. As I no longer live in Japan I find that without such direction and with daughter mostly staying with her grandparents I start to feel an emptiness, ponder too deeply on the past and other topics best left alone. No, move on, on, always onwards! Like the city itself, my relationship with Tokyo is constantly evolving, the journey continues.
|Hanging day at Space Yui with gallery owner Hideyo Kimura|
|Book of prints, and artwork from Stone Giant|
|Some of the smaller images created especially for the show|
|Wolves in the Forest|
|Opening party, with Komine Shoten editor Tsuyoshi Yamagishi |
and author/illustrators Mitsuo Shinozaki, Eriko Ishikawa and Satoshi Kitamura
|Opening party - with Togo Kasahara (Mikasa Shobo), designer Hiroyasu Murofushi |
(I & I Inc) and Takeshi Fujisaki
|Opening party, with illustrator Satoshi Kitamura (background), |
Taiko Nakazawa (Ginza Gallery House), Tomoe Furuhashi and DJ Young Richard
|Signed copies of the Japanese edition Ishi no Kyojin|
|With art director Susumu Yamada (Tokyo Planet Design)|
|With members of SCBWI Japan|
|With Emi Noguchi|
|With my daughter and photographer Hitoshi Iwakiri|
The exhibition is now on at the fabulous new gallery Yui Garden in Nakamachidai, Yokohama. In a building created by and for an architect's design office that overlooks Seseragi Park, the setting, interior and atmosphere is simply exquisite. If you're in the area before it closes on the 8th please do drop by.
|Entrance to Yui Garden|
|The show at Yui Garden|