I was inspired by pine needles outside of my studio, which gathered in patterns by the wind. It was created in Winter 2017, when I heard about the problems with refugees almost every day, and the moving needles reminded me of humans adrift in the world against their own will. I thought this is more or less applies to many people including myself; for example, I left Japan and floated through America, England, and now Germany, with family, job, old and new friends…. The pine needle (usually as a pair) shape in fact looks just like 人 - the Kanji character for 'Human'. I use them instead of a brush, and Japanese mulberry paper, with its fine and smooth surface, to trace the needle's delicate line and shape.