The painting to the left was named La Princesse Lumineuse by my friend,
Kazuko Sato, an amazing woman who is fluent in at least 4 languages and who now owns the painting:
"So, this is the title I have given to the painting; our treasure that
has already become an inseparable part of our life. It is the light, la lumiere,
that was not shown in an electronic reproduction and which I find so fascinating. I waited to write to you till this
morning when I could appreciate it better in the day light. When I turned it around ninety degrees clockwise, an image
struck me. It was the image of La Princesse Lumineuse who was about to be born of a shining bamboo in the first light of the
sun in a bamboo forest. She is probably the best known and best loved heroine of our ancient fairy tales that
date back to the 12th century. She brings a big fortune and happiness (lumiere being none other than
that which gold coins emanated) to a childless and honest old couple, but on the night of full moon some sixteen years later
leaves them and all her ardent suitors in tears and stupefaction to go back to her real home, the moon.
It is so interesting that when I look at it at the proper angle, the
painting becomes three-dimensional, and it is l'espace et la profondeur in addition to la lumiere that gives
its complex beauty of which the simple black-colored frame seems to be an indispensable organic part."