Future/ Toekomst


My Dutch teacher sent me a small story by Simon Carmiggelt. She (the teacher) made an adaptation of the text for me, which means for Dutch beginners.

That was about small future. I wrote here in English to share the story.


My grandson, six-years-old, came to sleep with us. After watching allowable TV and had fun in the bath, he lied down on the bed with his wet hair and he called us: "Grandpa and Grandma, do you come here?"

We came and sat on the edge of the bed. He asked:

"Are you going to shave tomorrow?"


"If you shave you'd be a little smaller," he said. "How come that old men are so small?"

"They shrink, I guess."

He looked doubtful.

"When I'm eighty, how old are you then?" He asked.

"One hundred thirty-four, but so old we can not be."

He understood it and made a lower bid, "Then if I'm twenty-six?"

"Then we're eighty."

When I said it, I realized that I scared of it.

But he comforted us:

"I will become a machinist, because I know how to collide two trains," he said.

"And you can always ride with me. For a dime. At the station you can say that you are my grandfather. Then it will be allowed. But then you have to bring something nice for me. "

"Chewing gum?" My wife asked.

Because that he loves.

"No, what I like when I'm twenty-six. What do I like then? "

When we couldn't find a good answer soon, he said: "Marrowfat beans would I do like it. That you should put in a hot pan. For on the go ".

We promised it and kissed him for goodnight.

While we stood beside of his bed, he said, with courageous tone:

"If you become very small, huh? I'll take care of you. I am already married. And I buy one child. Because children are so expensive, though. For you I make a shoebox. To live in. That can be if you become so small. I make it a door in, though. And make a hole also for the air. During the holidays you can come in the car. Then I put the shoebox on the shelf in the back seat, next to the cat. Nice, huh? "

"Yes nice."

We turned off the light.

And went back to the living room, two people with a future.


14th March 2014
Yesterday evening we went to an opening of Paulien Oltheten in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. With sosuke. When we talked to Paulien, she found a fell down eyelash of Sosuke on his cheek. Paulien and Naro told us about eyelash wish which they do everytime when they find naturally fell down eyelash (nice!). 
After I've back to home, I was thinking of this idea that I like it because the fallen eyelash is so small as if the eyelash is a seed of someone's wish. 

Recent Sosuke


Recent Sosuke really like to stand. He doesn't satisfy anything without standing. Maybe he's already get bored in low-angle life.

He got his first sushi in his life at Daishin's birthday. He likes it. 

We have an old Lufthansa advertise picture in our bedroom. People are coming out from the airplane. Sometimes Sosuke was looking at the picture when I awake.


3rd February 2014


We have much stuff that we don't use it anymore in our house. Thinking about this year's king's day (one day after former queen's day). Where to place our shop.


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'Nothing too late' are the words that Nicoline said to me sometime ago. She didn't say this as something serious or heavy, she just said this as a piece of her short dialogue.    
I made drawings with that words because I was curious about these words. I was not feeling like putting this words directly on the paper because these words are ambiguous. I'd put some potato in between the paper and the words. And then the words has been carved on potato. 

Rabbits/ apartheid and Japan

18th December, 2013

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I went to Rijksakademie to fetch my donated artwork to Artists Endowments.
I saw the rabbits still there! It's nice that they also can stay there.
(I received a good news from Rijksakademie that now they are official owner of the building. They don't need to move to the other place due to the budget cut.) 


Daishin checks Japanese news site everyday. His favorite Japanese journalist Tetsuo Jinbo gave interesting comment for the decease of Nelson Mandela.
He says, many people in Japan commented condolence of Nelson Mandela. They praise tremendously about Mandela's accomplish. but Jinbo would like to mention to Japanese people that Japan was only one country that traded with South Africa at the moment of South Africa still doing apartheid. The other country stopped their trading with South Africa to against apartheid. If Japanese people were aware of it and tried to against their government, the apartheid would ended much earlier, he thinks.
He is always wondering each individual Japanese people are so kind but why so dump as public. Most of the Japanese people even doesn't know that their country used to help apartheid.
A comparative sociologist Susumu Miyadai commented that Japanese people are badly generous to against their government. 

Sinterklaas in the storm

5th December. 2013

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Today I saw Sookoon coincidentally in the street that I do not often go. We didn't see each other about 6 years long. She just arrived to Amsterdam to visit Vincent who is participating Amsterdam Light Festival. She said that Vincent is preparing his work in the city center.

At the moment I was looking for a cafe that i have never been before. I had an appointment at that cafe with Ruth to meet her newborn baby. The day was terribly stormy but we decided to go our appointment on.
( We thought the storm wasn't so terrible like we had in October, but it was.)

Me and Sookoon promised that we see each other again during Sookoon and Vincent are in Amsterdam. 

When I was back to our house, I got a phone call from Vincent. They came to our house to see Sosuke in this stormy weather! 
Unexpectedly we celebrate sinterklaas together as if we are roommate like 6 years ago.

In the end of the day, at a just a little moment of break after they left, I saw a breaking news of the decease of Nelson Mandela.
What a stormy day!


Naive Set and Marijn van Kreij

30 Nov. 2013
I saw a nice performance today at Gallery Paul Andriesse. The performance was organized by Marijn van Kreij.  

This performance entitled that;
'Welcome back! Thoughts are performance'

The idea of the  Performance is, Marijn invite a charming Amsterdam band 'Naive Set' to play their music in the gallery, in front of his 'riff-series' works.
Naive Set plays riff of 'If not for you'(Bob Dylan + George Hurrison) endlessly as an answer of Marijn's riff series works, before they play their own number. 
That was nice idea!

(the cover art is Marijn's riff work)

I have seen before Marijn invited an another charming Dutch band to his exhibition as a special guest. At that time he had put sprinkles (thousands and hundreds) on a floor to make a place for the band. 
This time i saw some taped cardboard on the floor. I enjoyed to make this part as drawing.


When dogs get into the studio

15. Nov. 2013

Today I made drawings based on my small memory. I was walking with Losha (Gal's dog) in Sarphatipark. It was after snowing. When we go for walk we used to play ball-retrieve together but she cannot do it anymore because she is too old to hustle now. So I didn't bring any toy for her.
When i released her at the park, she jumped into a bush and got back with so nice pinecone in her mouth. I understood that she's asking me to throw it instead of her ball. 
And i threw. It was too nice pinecone to throw, but we enjoyed a pinecone-retrieve.

Sometimes i get a sudden urge to make dog-drawings. I am interested in when those dogs get into my studio. 




3rd Oct, 2013

In this morning, we had short walk in Erasmus Park with Marijn and Wytske.
This is the first time to visit Erasmus Park for me. 
It was nice weather that Marijn said, "It is the last-sunny-day (in this year) in Holland".
We had a cup of coffee at a small cafe which has terrace table in the park.
The cafe's named "Terrasmus". Yes, a cafe which has outside-terrace table in Erasmus Park. And also means sparrow in the terrace in Dutch. Marijn said that "In Holland, some kind of sparrow has this name as a familiar name."
I saw the website of this cafe. I found that especially in summer here becomes a great place.