Your creative lab is a celebration of breathing. What inspired you to give shape to breathing?
I was influenced by my past work “The Breathing”, and was inspired by the concept of breathing as seen in Eastern philosophies and my personal motto: “Believe in the power of imagination”. I think “Breathing” isn’t merely a physical activity, but also a way to recognise one’s own existence. It is life itself. By visualising the invisible energy, I wanted to make people face their own true self in an honest way, cherishing the connection with others, and growing their awareness about all life on the planet.
'Breath Breath Breath' is also a beautiful testimony on how to teach children the importance of breathing. How did you find adapting your breathing concept for children? And how did you find making a children's book?
In the lab program, the participants can make a crown which can visualise their own breathing. I hope children feel their own breath, recognise their existence and become aware that “we are a part of the world”.
Then, I decided to make the picture book to convey the concept more easily and friendly.
In the picture book, I tried to explain my concept by introducing stories related to breathing in the view of Asian/Japanese cultures such as a myth, religion, Eastern philosophy, etc… I also added some actions to play around and animate the movement of breathing.
I hope young participants will enjoy them and are curious about different cultures and feel there is a natural mutual understanding.