Dear Ta,

I love your ideas and your blogs – they are full of poetry. I will watch them again.

I am just about to go to bed but will think on all you say and respond with a clear head in the morning.And I am in agreement with all you say and am moved by the Far Land.  I think your idea of the same but different exhibition  in far away places is very poignant. I also wonder if you could send me some seeds to take to Shetland…that I can sow there and get a friend to document them for us on some sort of ongoing blog too?

I have still some of winter past’s snow and frosted leaves in my freezer….   I am full of thoughts and will email you a proper response tomorrow. We have extreme heat, and thunder storms here now….

Dear Ta,

apologies for the delay in replying to your email. I have been moving studio this week and it is taking a lot of time to take my old studio apart – move it and set up in a new place. Also my sons are now on school holidays so I have to give them time too.

I am thinking I would like to make some paper from Cloud mushrooms and lichen (I will do this tomorrow…) Then i will make a Far Land book to send to your book warehouse.. I like the idea of things being remade for this place…

I am also wondering about making and sending you a mobile that will hang in the air and give a slow movement through the air…..?

Re Stornaway and Nishiaizu  I agree with you that we do the same exhibition and follow the eight things to do this. The plate looks good to me. I shall also try and make a plate – Do you have particular meanings associated to your name ? or something I can reference on your plate to do with your geography?

I wonder if we could both do a slow time lapse video on melting cloud ear’s in ice ….I think it would animate the passage of time well as well as global warming.

Your ideas are all really exciting. I will also try and do a blog this week. It is a nice open way to sketch out ideas.

Thankyou Tatsushi


Dear Gillian

The exhibitions of Nishiaizu and Stornoway will be held at almost the same time.So I thought about making the exact same installation in both countries.By doing so, I found the difference between the installations I make in Japan and the ones you make in Scotland to be interesting.Also, while watching the installation, the viewer will be aware of the installation in a distant place.

The title of this exhibition is [8 things for go to Far LAND].

This title is inspired by your name.

And this means each other’s nations and the distant land of the north, which we cannot go to.

I would like to show at the venue various things we have done so far in order to get closer to the distant land.

I would like to make a video or a booklet to explain the work according to the installation.

In the case of video, prepare a QR code at the venue and have the visitors access it on their smartphone.

For a booklet, make a 10-page booklet and place it on a white box. This book can be taken home by visitors.

The venue in Nishiaizu, Japan is such a place.

The space is completely different, but I think it’s interesting to make a difference by doing the same installation.


The idea of ​​a plate is technically difficult and is not going well.



I also imitated your glass work and wrapped the cloud ear in ice.

My current idea is like this.

Please tell me your thoughts.



Dear Gillian

How are you doing? I am now preparing for the autumn exhibition.

I will give you an image on this blog. Because, Online meeting  is difficult with my English ability. And,E-mail cannot explain pictures and sentences alternately. So I came up with the idea of ​​using this blog. And I think it interesting to open up our ideas.

We need to think about three exhibits from now on.





There are two exhibitions in Japan.


I will use a small warehouse called the picture book warehouse in Kitakata.

This warehouse collapsed in the 2011 earthquake.

However, it was later rebuilt for children by locals and artists.

The chair I brought to the mountain is buried here.


I came up with the idea of ​​digging up this chair at this autumn exhibition.

Because of you interest in my actions seven years ago, we set out on a journey to build chairs for each other.

So this time, I wanted to dig up the chair again.


I dig up a chair. And I would like to exhibit photos of our theme cloudear and your glass works.


In the back room, I’m thinking of newly editing and showing the video when I went to the mountain.

Kitakata’s exhibition thinks like this.
What do you think?
You can also display your other photos based on this idea.
Please let me know if you have a good idea.

I will tell you about the exhibition plan of Nishiaizu & Stornoway  in the next blog.