HAPPENINGText: Yoshihiro Kanematsu

At the head of Shigesato Itoi, with politicians, architects, writers, and celebrities including Tadanori Yoko and Katsumi Asaba, a cheering squad of “TARO BOATS” was organized. They have led Japan with their creativities and they always uphold “BeTARO!”. It is not about emulation (however, it is almost impossible), but to sense something Taro-like.

People who were actually in the war, people who shared the same dream together at the Expo, people who still have his famous statement, “Art is an explosion!”, remained powerfully in their ears like us and the next generations who even don’t know his name. All of us can be connected together on the same ground in front of this crushingly clear and creative spirit, Taro Okamoto expressed. This feeling is overwhelming.

In a TV show on NTV2, Blowuper, Michihiko Yanai from Kaze To Rock said, ” ‘it’s okay’ if this is right here. Think in this way, I find myself to live only in a frame.” Like his words, from the feeling that “If Taro would do it like this, then I would do it in this way!” is crystallized.

Each individual’s Taro story will stay alive. That’s why Taro Okamoto is one of the greatest artists.

Taro Okamoto “Myth of Tomorrow”
Date: July 8th – August 31st, 2006
Place: Zerosta Plaza inside of the Nittele Towoer/Shiodome Portal Site
Address: 1-6-1 Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Text: Yoshihiro Kanematsu
Translation: Fumika Sugimoto
Photos: Kenjiro Nakano

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