[Autobiography] Why draw pictures

 (c)Fuzuki Arai


I started painting when I was 3 years old despite the fact that I had no artists in my family's history. My parents were ordinary working people without a wealthy background. 


The place where I was grew up was only known for cucumbers and I didn't like them. Cucumbers were used in every dish.


In my childhood I had no toys to play with so when I stayed at home I had my pen and posters from the newspapers. I was too shy and introverted to play with other kids.


I used to wander around Shrines because they made me feel safe and at ease. Whenever I went to a shrine it was always quiet and peaceful there. I didn't understand what was this feeling but I kept returning there to escape from the noisy world.