July 28, 2011
The rainy season finished early from an average year.
And it comes hot and humid summer in Kyoto.
More than one month was over since come back from Europe.
The white makeup of the wall and the ceiling of weissraum which I began from last week were finished.
It is the exhibition that I thought that I should put an end to one of my work. July 21
These are the fallen camellia flowers with salt of the salt that I exhibited in weissraum.
There are 42,581 pieces.
Follows are extracts of the WEISSRAUM report of April, 2007.
It was the first year to make salt work with fallen camellias.
6th Apr 2007
I think DAVE who left Kyoto early in this morning.
He must be in an airplane of way home now.
It is very very fast three weeks for us.
I felt the term finished very fast.
We talked about various and lot.
However, I feel that it was not enough.
He spent his holidays this time in Kyoto.
He has done a lot of works.
I hope he will be able to find the time to think more and finish his works after coming back to Edinburgh.
I pray even if it will be not enough for him to have the time to finish.
A family of a German friend should have come to Kyoto in April.
There was not phone call, so we were not able to meet.
I hope they had a very good time in Kyoto.
Now we have a lot lot tourists in Kyoto from Japan also from other countries.
Very very busy time now in Kyoto....
By the way, I made my salt works in Omuro 88 places behind Ninnaji Temple.
On the way to walk----my walking course every morning.
I want to send the report to you.
A hinoki (Japanese cypress) casts old skin. It turns into very new color.
Rhododendron dilatatum blooms at various places in a mountain.
There is time here.
A wild cherry tree of early blooming.
Rhododendron dilatatum of my image of YVONNE, my friend.
A favorite wild camellia.
A flower of spring in a mountain returns to earth.
There are the flowers and petals that fell on the roadside, on the path.
Some people is enjoying near scattering of cherry blossoms.
But after a few days, people dose not pour his eyes anymore.
It is repeated in the same way every every year.
It seems the circulation to continue eternally.
It looks like the truth.
However, the truth is quite different.
They delicately change every day, every time, every year.
Here is the time exactly.
This is the proof of a change of time.
People are also in the moving time.
People are also in the passing time.
It reminds me clearly.
I yearn for time.
I feel time.
And I think about life.
I yearn for time. I feel time. And I think of life.
The lower photographs are I wrote in the beginning of the WEISSRAUM report of April 16, 2008 in the next year.
For example, I picked up 1719 falling camellia flowers on 14th. Even if falling camellia flowers are getting more
than 1000, it is very heavy. When I measured in a house at that day, it was about 10 kilos. Generally I go around
Omuro 88 places in about 1 hour. But it takes now more than two hours. Meanwhile, the number of falling
camellias continues increasing slowly and get heavy. I walk while having the bag. I walk off from the path and
climb up and down the slope of the mountain while holding onto trees. It is considerably hard exercise. Fatigue
comes to my back.
The upper images are the states on April 11. It is the day I made the second box of the acrylic glass. The lower
images are on 14th.
I send the state of the falling camellia flowers that I collected. It was 9502 on April 13. It is packed the first acrylic
case with salt. It was 5011 in the second case. These photographs are a few days ago. In Omuro 88 places, the
camellia flowers fall on the path like a lower photograph. I walk off from the path and pick up the camellia flower
in the mountain as much as possible, but it is impossible to pick up all camellia flowers of the mountain. But it is
important the encounter with each for me.
I walk every day. I made a mound of the salt of the camellia last year. It is the same felling these works of this
year basically. I was sad my favorite camellia flowers being stamped on the path. The pistil swells out
immediately after the flower fell down. She brings up the fruit of the camellia. I always think in my daily walk. The
leaf falls. The flower falls, too. Including water of the rain and dry with sunshine. It is stepped and piles up and
returns to soil. ... there is each meaning, and pass through each time.
The camellia in the mountain has various kinds. Various size, various colors, they are beautiful. I keep only the
small camellia of the edge of the pond where the carp of the friend of DAVE lives in intact.
It is the pond and falling camellias. One day in March, still chilly morning, I saw a only one red camellia flower
floated in the water. It was really beautiful. Unfortunately I could not take photograph.
I thought of collecting the fallen camellia flowers on the approach of Omuro 88 buddha,s huts in the early spring
And the fallen camellia flowers which I collected became this number. (I flashed the English translation the other
day. How do you feel about Omuro 88 buddha,s huts ?- - - Many friends already visited to walk)
It is only 2008 that I challenged to collect as much as possible.
The number that I collected in 2008 was 36,022.
I visited Europe at the time of the camellia in 2009& 2010. In addition, it was the year with a few camellias, too.
I think that it was the same level as an average year this year. It was 5,407 only I collected on the approach.
The camellia is my favorite flower. (Of course there are various favorite and important flowers for me in each
It just needs a space if I collect every year. It is impossible to continue all the time.
There is an opportunity.
Two slightly older friends whom I respect are in the days of fight against il ness now. Both are the friends, but in some
point they are the teachers for me. I learned unbelievable lot and stil I am learning.
I think that I stil have some length of the remaining time. But, as for this fal en camel ia flower work, for example, I must deal and
dispose by myself.
I felt pathetic for the fal en camel ia flowers which were stamped. It was the beginning with this thought. However, it is serious
weight when it surpasses 40,000 pieces. This show is the exhibition before the last disposal. This must be one of the processes of
my fifties in a sense.
It is the important time for me to take a walk in Omuro 88 buddha,s huts every day.
In an occasion I wrote my thought about my IKEBANA in the weissraum report.
I think that it is one of the connections with me and plants.
The camellia is still strongly fragrant.
It may be already more than 20 years that I did not buy a book as possible as I can. I disposed of most books all
at once in a secondhand bookstore once.
From then I go to the library basically.
But still there are the collecting books.
I made the part of it to the work of the salt pocket books.
If this show will be over, it will go to the last disposal.
My time still continues! My works follow in my time.
I spent my life without feeling a question in it.
It has no bad problems in my health.
I drink everyday with pleasure. I take a walk with thanks.
I came to this point while spending such days. I notice that I must think the remaining time now.
I ran only for the deep attachment to make works, but it must be impossible to escape from thinking of the
It is the course of nature as a person, too.
You can see the video I worked with fallen camellia flowers and salt, upper address.
You can see the following address ----The final version of EAP vol.3 - - - EXPERIENCE of APPLE PROJECT (I
upgraded on July 10)
It is a record from germination.