Until one is forced to believe that Art is Dead does one find resonance in the truth that Real Art Never Dies.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Nippon! Makeruna!"
I guess that loosely translates to, "Japan! Don't give up!"
Thank you for caring about Japan. My relatives are all okay but my brave uncle is helping to restore the electricity so our prayers are with him, as well as the rest of the country.

My mom saw a moving story on NHK last night of a boy in junior high who has, despite either losing or is missing loved ones, rounded up people to create a big banner and hung it in his high school, which is now an evacuation centre. It reads, "Gambare! Ikiteru koto o yorokobo!"
Japanese is so hard to translate the emotion behind the words, but it says (excuse my unjust translation), "We can do it! Let's all be joyful in knowing that we are still alive!"

I can't find a link about it, but if I do, I'll put it here because I'm no news reporter.

***Update: I am selling prints for a $10 minimum donation. 100% will go to the Red Cross. To purchase, please visit www.helloyumiko.etsy.com or email me directly. Thanks :)


Kaori said...

this picture speaks the words i cant express.

beautiful pic, sis :)

Sean said...

Hang in there Japan.

Cliff said...

True that the emotion behind the words is hard to translate, but this illustration is perfect in describing how we on the other side of the Pacific feel.

kilim said...

we're with you.

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Anonymous said...

I bought some prints from your cousin Emika. It is such a beautiful print. Thank you!

yums said...

Anonymous: Oh thanks for your donation! I'm glad you like the print! Emika is a doing fundraising wonders! :D

Kimberli said...

Hi there, am friends with your cousin Emika and bought several prints. They are so touching. I had one framed and is going to be auctioned off at a Seattle Fund Raiser this week. Thank you so much for your gorgeous art! Here is the link to the event information: