Dear Vincent Van Gogh
How are you
I'm fine here.
Sorry that I didn't write a letter to you for so long.
I've been still writing "IKIRO".
Do you remember?
"IKIRO" is Japanese which can be translated into "Be Alive
I used this word "IKIRO" in the letter to you in 1986 for the
At that time I always struggled to live my life and sometimes
I was disappointed
Maybe I was too young.
The word "IKIRO" was the best word to encourage such a young
It's really an energetic word, isn't it.
Since then I've experienced
a lot of things with "IKIRO".
From 1994 to 1996, I lived in New York to study English and Art.
Do you know New York? Maybe you don't.
Anyway I went to New York.
It was really nice. Why? Because I got enough distance from my place so
that I could see myself very well.
The experiences I had there are quite important still now.
"What's the possibility of Art?"
"What can I do through my life?"
Watching through others I slowly found my own style, writing "IKIRO".
Since the 5th of may
in 1997 my birthday <Thank you for sending me nothing!>
I've been writing "IKIRO" everyday.
Writing "IKIRO" everyday.
Can you imagine? Of course the beginning was really hard.
You say it is just boring and really a pain the neck!!
Yes, it is actually. But I tried. Why...?
Sometimes for a show, sometimes for friends, sometimes for myself, I wrote
The more I wrote "IKIRO", the less I asked "Why?"
You know what? Whenever
I write "IKIRO", I have to face myself with nothing.
Which means I newly know I'm alive here.
So I got used to writing "IKIRO" little by little.
And now. You can say it has become a kind of daily routine or meditation.
It's really interesting. You know why?
Because I feel "IKIRO" is not only Art but also a part of my
Recently I have been
to many places in the world with "IKIRO".
There were so many things that I didn't know in the world.
During the trip, I wrote "IKIRO". It was like a communication.
Half of my bag was always filled with paper for "IKIRO".
Sometimes in front of many people, sometimes in front of a mountain, surrounded
outside, big city, small village --- I wrote "IKIRO".
Each time from each place I felt something new even though sometimes it
might not have made sense as Art.
But it didn't matter if it could be Art or not, because in this time the
point of my interest moved from "Art" to "Creation".
I went to places which don't even have Art.
They produced food, clothing, shelter by themselves in simple ways.
I imagined the roots of creation when I saw that.
to your time, everything has become systematic and complicated.
I think we have come far from the basic idea of creation.
And one more thing.
It seems like we human beings never stop creation.
Don't you think so?
So I won't become negative.
Because the only thing we can do is creation.
"IKIRO" "IKIRO" "IKIRO". This is my spirit
I feel like nothing has changed since the first "IKIRO" in 1986.
"IKIRO" is always "IKIRO".
What I want to say is I did write "IKIRO"
even if the exact meaning of "IKIRO" was not understood.
Even though nobody know if it was Art or not.
Because... I just wanted.
I don't have any reason
to write "IKIRO".
"IKIRO" is no more and no less than "IKIRO".
And I think... maybe I like "IKIRO".
See you soon. Chao!