Back from Japan

Posted on Tuesday 9 January 2007

My trip to Japan took a sharp turn on 29th of December. My dad had a stroke and was taken to an emergency room. They called me and said I had to come see him because he might not last another night. I canceled all my plans and spent the rest of my vacation in the hospital. He survived. He was able to talk. He will be ok…for now… My dad is 73 and it is about time that I face these occasions more often from now on. It made me think a lot about life.. and about myself living on the other side of the planet. I was certainly taking it for granted.

My dad is a passionate journalist/documentary producer. Never a successful one commercially but well respected by many journalists in Japan. He was always busy thinking about his mission to the society and I was never able to spend much time with him.

This was probably the first time I was able to sit down and spend so much time together everyday. We talked about so many many things. He has such an amazing life. I really felt I got to know him for the first time.

It was unfortunate that his health broke down and he is still in ICU until he undergoes a heart surgery. But it was in a way great for us to spend so much time together. And looks like he will be ok. He was so eager to get back to work to finish his new documentary show.

I didn’t get to paint japanese sceneries but I got to draw a lot of my dad!—he might hate these drawings….:) To see the rest of the sketches from the trip, go here…

19 Comments for 'Back from Japan'

    January 9, 2007 | 1:57 am


    My heart goes out to you and your father. I’m glad he will be ok for now. if it is fine with you, i’ll give you a call tuesday evening. your family is in my prayers.
    take care my friend.

    January 9, 2007 | 2:01 am

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful and personal sketches. Bob and I are keeping your father in our thoughts….will see you soon. Alice

    January 9, 2007 | 4:53 am

    I miss the words. It’s very brave keeping drawing in this case Dice. That bring to this special sketches a deep meaning. So sensitive… Hope your Dad will be fit and strong soon. He can be proud of you. He is certainly. Both of you work so much.
    And for the rest of the trip, as usual, you caught the ambiance very well.
    Take care

    January 9, 2007 | 10:23 am

    just a visitor here but had to stop because of this very beautiful drawing, all of your trip pages so nice! wish your Dad well

    January 9, 2007 | 2:28 pm

    Hey Dice- I will be sending many positive and healthy thoughts out to your Dad in Japan. Strokes are such scary things and Im relieved to hear he is recovering, no doubt in part to you being able to be there with him so quickly. Seems really important for people to be using all areas of their brain after traumas of that sort.
    Welcome back, and all the best.

    January 9, 2007 | 7:37 pm

    My best to your family, Dice. It’s strange that tragedy (or near tragedy) so often brings us closer.

    January 9, 2007 | 7:43 pm

    Bonjour, Daisuke-san.
    My thoughts are for your dad and you right now. Really hope he will being fine and that you are too. Nice sketches you have posted here, lot of power, energy and emotion. Wish you the best, man.

    January 9, 2007 | 9:33 pm

    yeah dice, sorry to hear it bro. i got my thoughts with you. you’re the man.

    January 9, 2007 | 11:03 pm

    love your line drawings. Quite different from your paintings.
    Hope your dad is ok..

    January 9, 2007 | 11:47 pm

    beautiful drawings dude. Hopefully it’ll all be alright.

    January 10, 2007 | 12:15 am

    wow, thank you all for your warm wishes.
    I’m sure this will all help my dad in spirit. It is great to hear from all of you.
    thank you so much.

    January 11, 2007 | 12:45 am

    Sorry to hear about this. I hope everything will be okay. {hug} I am happy though to hear that you got a chance to just sit down and talk with him.

    roland mechael
    January 11, 2007 | 10:43 am

    Sorry to hear about your dad, but i’m glad to know he’s ok. Wishing for his full recovery and hoping you can spend more time with him. I’m sure he’ll love your powerful and emotional sketchesl! it’s always a treat to see your work!

    liam Murray
    January 11, 2007 | 5:33 pm

    best wishes for your dad and family dice-great that you got to get closer to him-sometimes hard to do with the important people in our lives
    all the best

    January 11, 2007 | 11:54 pm

    you guys… so nice.. thank you..really didn’t mean to draw such amazing sympathy from all of you. can’t thank you enough…
    I just found out that my dad is out of ICU. He still faces a few surgeries but doesn’t seem like it’ll be difficult. He is expected to be back to work as early as March. He is pumped to work on his new documentary. Must be thanks to all of your prayers. thank you so much.

    January 13, 2007 | 1:26 am

    nice drawings. love the sushi chefs.. hope your dad is ok

    January 14, 2007 | 3:04 am

    beautiful sketches of your father. he must be proud.

    January 15, 2007 | 3:07 am

    I’m sorry this happened. I saw the same thing happen to my mother. She was unable to talk or move at all for a long time. She’s spent the last 9 years with her arm dangling out of her shoulder socket.

    I hope your father’s recovery is speedy and complete. がんばってください

    January 19, 2007 | 9:37 am

    wonderful , very very wonderful impressive and deep…fantastic blog dude.Hopefully it’ll all be alright….compliments anyway…uao!

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