Yoriiza Origami Project
When I'm working in Yorii-za, sometimes the neighbors come to peek in.
The other day, some men who grew up in the area just happened to be nearby so they came to open the door of Yoriiza and peek in.
They examined the details of the building nostalgically, and when they saw the noon sun shining through holes in the tin roof, they laughed and said "When we were kids, we thought that in Yoriiza you could see the stars shine during the day."
While listening to their stories, I began to get a sense of how everyone has memories tied to this place, and my feelings of how I'd like to do a project that will continue that legacy got stronger and stronger.
Personal encounters and sudden insights always rush in from unexpected directions.
Now the Yoriiza Origami Project will have its slow, steady start today.
The first visitor today was my kitty-corner neighbor, Mrs. Gotoda.
She didn't fold any origami, but we had a friendly chat.
Grandma Kawano brought some botamochi.
When I went to take a picture, she said,
"You're taking a picture? Well, I've got to make them look good…" and she straightened up the botamochi.
Me: "Oh, that botamochi looks tasty! Shall we eat together?"
Kawano: "I won't have any, they're all for you!"
Me: "Grandma, that's impossible!"
Kawano: "Oh yes, maybe I've brought too many?"
And so on like that. It looks like I get to play the straight man in our little comedic skits. (ha ha)
The Yoriiza Origami Project will be just about every day from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Yoriiza Theater.
But when I've got other work to do or I've got to go shopping, there might be days when it's cancelled.
If you're in the neighborhood, please drop by. Let's drink tea and fold paper together. Origami is surprisingly addictive.
The folded paper that everyone has made will become an installation that will be displayed in Yoriiza.
KAIR2008 ArtistArticles by Rika Aki