I was overwhelmed
by Hiro's series of illustrations based on Kuroishi Yosare, the traditional
summer festival in his home town of Kuroishi, in Aomori prefecture. The
dynamic strokes and vivid colors in this series somewhat remind us of
"Jazz" by Matisse, which was Hiro's favorite work by that artist.
I recall that it was a happy challenge for me to create some designs that
would work well together with this.