My stay here
I cannot understand where I have come. Where I am is
Kentaro’s paradise, but it is also mine. It is interesting how at home I feel
here, and at the same time Kentaro-san and Makiko-san say that they feel so
relaxed around me. It makes me happy to know that I am not bothering them even
though they give me so much. I think we all simply enjoy each other’s company. Cosmos
have brought us together - we make each other happy.
Kentaro-san will melt your heart as soon as you see
him smile. Makiko-san will also make your heart melt as soon as you see her
smile. I know that our immediate bond
has led to the fact that I get very special treatment, as they have opened
their heart and home to me completely. I am confused, what have I done to them
to deserve this? Kentaro has showed me his studio and many different special
spots in this amazing, wonderful nature. Yesterday we drove to the top of the
mountain. The view was so breath taking – mountains and rice fields for miles. I told
Kentaro that with this view, we should have a beer and the edamame we picked
today and Makiko should be with us. This lead to a very special evening together
at the secret view spot, us three and Kentaro’s and Makiko’s dog. We discussed life,
the bond we had formed; that Makiko felt so relaxed around me and how happy we
were to share that moment. It was all very emotional and special.
The next day, this all only continued. I have felt
like Alice in Wonderland. We walked through a river in the mountains for two
hours, and I was moved by the beautiful nature. I feel so lucky.
When it comes to my work tasks, I have done many
different things – some that I have never done before in my life. I have chopped
wood with axe and chainsaw, picked edamame, done weeding, polished sculptures,
cleaned the gallery every day, shopping, broken glass of doors (yes! art!), used
brush cutter, cooked and distributed posters for one of Kentaro’s upcoming
Makiko and Kentaro
Kentaro and Makiko are not like some of the busy busy
people I have met in Tokyo. Kentaro and Makiko value slow life, but work hard
at the same time. The have a truly organic lifestyle and eat so delicious food,
straight from the garden. They also have their own small onsen in the nature,
with fresh natural water and the sounds of the forest in the background.
Kentaro has an artist’s soul and wonderful thoughts
about life and what is luxury in life. I think it is wonderful that he knows
the value of the magnificent place he has created and wants to share it with
other people. He is interested in an international lifestyle, and has therefore
invited us foreigners to witness his paradise.
Makiko is also a wonderful spirit. Her smile and
warmth is enchanting. She is a master chef and has that twinkle in her eyes;
she is playful and can brake into spontaneous dance.
In the small town of Toyomi, I can see that the
neighbors really like this cute couple. Many people have visited, and it is
clear that everyone feels at home and welcomed to the Sato couples dining room.