When I was a little girl, I owned a pair of white vinyl boots. They had little heels and laces that I was so proud to tie up. They were shiny and so white. I wore them only on special occasions, because I did not want them to get dirty. My mother thought they were the most tasteless things. She did not approve of my wearing the vinyl boots often.

At Christmas, we went to a Chinese restaurant for a party. We were all properly dressed, eating Chinese food and drinking Japanese beer. We were all Buddhists, so we did not quite know what Christmas was all about.

We had a good time anyway.

My existence in two distinct nations, the United States and Japan, has fashioned my life into a contradiction. It has given me a sense of isolation and disconnection from my assigned and chosen worlds.

Growing up in the seventies, artificial materials and colors were a more natural environment to me than real colors in nature. I carry the sense of classical form of beauty and taste from my family tradition and culture. On the other hand, I am desperately attracted to the culture of kitsch, which is supposed to be a bad taste.

The sense of fragility carries the quality of temporality. At the same time, it has a shiny and tacky quality. I attempt to force glass and different materials to exist together. The colors are repulsive, but at the same time, they are attractive. My investigation includes the taste, attraction, contradiction and observation of the existence of these materials.

I believe that there is no good taste or bad taste.

There is only taste.

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