Last month, a student of my English conversation (英会話) school kindly invited me to an art exhibition that she was taking part in. The exhibition, called Vie’s “EP Jacket Size” Exhibition 2, is being held at Gallery Vie in Sakaemachi, Kobe from August 23 to September 3. All artists had to limit their pieces to this “EP jacket” size. This year’s theme was the 100th anniversary of the gallery’s building’s construction and also the March 11 earthquake in the Tohoku region of Japan.
I went to the exhibition on August 30 with my wife and daughter and enjoyed it. My student’s art piece, titled “GO GO JAPAN”, shows the faces of many people of various ages, forming the word “go” in capitals. In a little notebook that my student left lying near her piece for viewers to read a message of hers and to leave comments, she explained that she meant “together, everybody can go forward”. What a great idea! I agree. Together, the people of Japan can get through this great tragedy. I congratulate my student on her creativity and resulting fine work. I also thank her for inviting me to this exhibition where I could enjoy not only her art piece, but also the art pieces of many other people who also participated in the exhibition. I left a message in my student’s little notebook, in English of course. The artist name that my student uses is ピナツぼうや(Pinatsu Bouya), Peanut Boy in English. Good job Peanut Boy! Keep up the great work! (^.^)
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi