The Secret Life of Art

Bijdragen van buurtbewoners

Hideo Kuwahara

maker: onbekend


Nearly every year, I used to visit Shimoda, a port town located at the southern tip of the Izu peninsula, about one hundred kilometres southwest of Tokyo. I always stayed at the same minshuku (pension), and one day while I was staying there, I saw a painting of a landscape hanging in the dining room. However, when I took a closer look, I noticed that the trees were made of broccoli, and that, in fact, the whole “painting” was made up of real flowers and vegetables. The owner of the minshuku took me to the house of the woman who made this kind of art, and she showed me her whole collection, which was very impressive. I decided to buy this little work, a kimono made of flowers. I brought it to Amsterdam when I moved here, and it reminds me of all the wonderful times I spent with my family on the Pacific coast of Japan.