2011年12月20日

Farewell, 2011.

Farewell, 2011, farewell.
Be gone, good bye, and good riddance.
I will miss you no more than tomorrow.

Oh 2011, you were a tough one. With the never-ending meltdown of global economies (Greece, Italy, and how many other nations should I mention here?), rebellious springs throughout the Arab world (Egypt, Libya, Syria, etc.), from the unprecedented floods of Thailand to the sudden death of dictator Kim Jong-Il, it's been a turbulent year to say the least. And although I would very much like to close my eyes and pretend that it didn't happen, one cannot shy away from the horrors of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that took place on March 15th. And what's even more disturbing is the fact that the ensuing horror has no end. It is the invisible nuclear devastation that has ultimately poisoned much of Fukushima for generations to come. Disasters usually subside with time, but this is a sadness of such depth and pain that will not fade away in my lifetime, or even my daughter's. Who knows.

That's right - tomorrow never knows. I never would have imagined taking over Yufuku 2 years ago. I never would have imagined that I would be racking up enough mileage to take my family to Australia in November, and Hawaii this coming January (please note, I've worked long and hard for this!). And who would have thought that Kaneko-san would fall from his throne, among other great ceramic topics?

Yet one thing I do know is this. The Japanese tragedy of 2011 has taught me to never take this common life for granted. The air we breath, the soil that we sow, the water we drink, are not ours alone. Such have been cultivated by our forefathers for generations beyond generations, and will continue to be cultivated by our children for generations to come. We only come and go.

And that is why we must understand that life must be lived without regrets, that we should sieze the moment when we can, and that we should never forget the hard work and tears that came before us and enabled us to achieve such peace, happiness and prosperity in our time, the golden age of my parents, and for the future of my children. I will not forget.

So 2011, begone. I know the sunrise that awaits us tomorrow will be far more beautiful than yesterday. And, at the same time, beautiful will be the future that awaits us, today.

With deep gratitude for your everlasting support,

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Yufuku Gallery/Toku Art

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ps. Next year will be a big year for us. Not only will we be debuting several "new" artists at Yufuku (for example, we'll even be holding our first Bizen exhibition, but of course, the work will be quite different and sculptural in feel), and we'll also be assisting various major museums with large projects in both France and the USA. And like always, you'll always be able to find us at Collect 2012, staying at the same, run-down but cozy hotel that finally doesn't run out of hot water at 12am. Some things never change.
And like always, I will try my best to keep this blog a weekly. I think I was doing rather good until the end of November, when the workload simply had me blitzed. At the very least, I'm trying!

Happy New Year.
A new age dawns.


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