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Not Losing to

Own text and Kenji Miyazawa’s poem

Box: 9 1/2 “ x 6 3/4” x 1 1/8”

Book: 8 8/7” x 5 5/8” x 1”


Mixed media on recycled paper

About a week after Tsunami disaster on March 11th in Japan, a media was showing view of abandoned field with falling snow. I was impressed by the silence and beauty. The view I saw was the base of this book.

On the process, I chose Kenji Miyazawa’s poem, Amenimomakezu to express the way people live in the north part of Japan. I carved the poem in Japanese Katakana hand and stamped them on pages.

Not losing to the Rain”   by Miyazawa Kenji
not losing to the rain

not losing to the wind

not losing to the snow nor to summer's heat

with a strong body

unfettered by desire

never losing temper

cultivating a quiet joy

every day four bowls of brown rice

miso and some vegetables to eat

in everything

count yourself last and put others before you

and never forgetting

in the shade of the woods of the pines of the

being in a little thatched hut

if there is a sick child to the east

going and nursing over them

if there is a tired mother to the west

going and shouldering her sheaf of rice

if there is someone near death to the south

going and saying there's no need to be afraid

if there is a quarrel or a suit to the north

telling them to leave off with such waste

when there's drought, shedding tears of sympathy

when the summer's cold, wandering upset

called a blockhead by everyone

without being praised

without being blamed

such a person

I want to become

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