Yamamoto Masao | Publisher’s Note

January 5, 2011 § 1 Comment

Publisher’s Note:

Sunday, November 7, 2011:John Wood (my dear friend of twelve years, as well as editor and co-founder of 21ST Editions) and I leave about 8AM for Amtrack in Providence to greet and retrieve Yamamoto Masao, his wife Reiko, and his manager Seiko Uyeda. We’ve corresponded with Masao and Reiko with the generous help of Seiko translating for us, but this is our first meeting. The three appear at once together and recognize something about us. They are instantly delightful.

On the way back to Cape Cod, Seiko tells us of a story that Masao related on the train fromNew York to Providence. ¬†For some reason, he met a Master of sorts, a man whose Japanese sword – a Stradivarius of swords, a work of art – meant a great deal to him. He insisted that Masao take it home with him to photograph and then send it back via UPS! Upon his next visit with the Master, and to Masao’s surprise, he told him that the sword’s energy revealed that Masao had a difficult time photographing it, which he did. « Read the rest of this entry »

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