An essay published in the Fukui Shimbun-Newspaper, on 30 January 2019 Traveling around Hong Kong Shichio MINATO Taking advantage of the New Years holidays, we embarked on a 3-day, 2-night trip to Hong Kong together with another married couple (with whom we were good friends). Actually, "steamrolled" might have been a better term. I don't want to say this out loud, but we took off after handing over our three kids to my father, who lives alone and is 80 years old.
An essay published in the Fukui Shimbun-Newspaper, on 27 June 2018
Shichio MINATO The process of sketching turns our universe of color into a world of monochromatic tones. As a mode of expression, it is rather simple and plain. But the more I continue sketching, the more I understand how deep and profound an art this is. Currently, I teach sketching at 2 universities. At both schools, I try to sketch together with my students as much as possible. The reason for that is, whil
An essay published in the Fukui Shimbun-Newspaper, on 28 February 2018 Shichio MINATO I usually simply pass through this route during my commutes by car or bicycle, but today I decided to take the long way and spent over an hour on foot. On this freezing cold morning, the melody to "A Hazy Shade of Winter" - from Simon & Garfunkel - played inside my head. The immense energy harbored by the morning sun created a stark shade of chiaroscuro contrast as it began to apply hues of
An essay published in the Fukui Shimbun-Newspaper, on 16 August 2017 Shichio MINATO There are several things in everyday life that end up being "normal". Of course, it goes without saying that the standards for "normal" will vary for each individual. For example, if you turn a faucet, water will come flowing out. You have electricity. But unless you find yourself in a situation without those things, we tend to forget to be grateful for how blessed our environment may be. In e
An essay published in the Fukui Shimbun-Newspaper,, on 24 August 2016 Shichio MINATO The lamp genie in Aladdin from One Thousand and One Nights is said to make your 3 wishes come true. What would you like to wish for? As for me, the first thing I ask would be ‘to create an atelier around the world that is open to everyone to use.’ When I visited London for the first time 20 years ago, I suddenly thought of popping into the atelier of Bill Woodrow, a contemporary artist/sculpt