Cynthia said, "I remember sitting upstairs with him and his sculpture of Jonah and the Whale. He was explaining it to us." Andy: "Do you remember what he said?" Cynthia: "Not exactly, but it was weird." We both laughed. Gufu's love for the odd was tremendous.
Black clay sculpture of Jonah and the whale.
Both the top and the little statuette of Jonah are removable.
Cynthia also said, "I loved being in the room with you Andy when you were interviewing him. You brought out so much of what he thought."
Atsuko, his wife, said to me after he died, "You were a rikaishi for him." I asked her what that meant. She said, "You were one of the few people who really understood him."
If you would like, please read the chapter about him, Chapter 8, in the next few weeks. Even better if you want to read parts aloud to a friend.
Those of you who got to meet him, please send me any memories, and I will put them on this blog. If you did not meet him, but were moved by anything in the chapter, feel free to email me with those at email@example.com.
And then, be sure to live your own "different kind of luxury" and pass it along to the next generation.