happy canada day! (star-phoenix article)


five years ago, on canada day, i got engaged. we were watching the fireworks when paul asked me. one year ago, on canada day, we moved to saskatoon. we could see the fireworks from the highway driving in at night.

today, on canada day, there’s an article about me in the saskatoon star-phoenix! paul took my photo (you can almost see him reflected in the shiny desk lamp).

i was interviewed by steven ross smith back in april. he came to my apartment. the interview was supposed to take 90 minutes but we ended up talking for three hours. i’m not very good at talking about myself, expecially to someone i don’t really know, but it was fun talking to him. he was very pleasant.

he asked me a lot of questions about what kind of work i do. he also asked me what kind of artist i am. i didn’t really know what to say. i mostly just do things to amuse myself. i don’t have a particular concept that i’m trying to achieve. i just work on my technique, especially for drawing. i really don’t know what kind of artist i am. i’m not even sure that’s important. so it’s hard for me to answer questions like that.

the photo caption says “yuka yamaguchi is a conceptual artist, blogger, and new media artist”. i mostly use colour pencils and paper, so i thought i was old school. but i guess i do use a digital camera…

the interviewer seemed to think this entire website is art. he even thought the giant pink grapefruit jello i made was an art project. that’s quite flattering, but honestly, it was just me wanting to fulfill a lifetime dream: to make a giant pink jello. maybe it is art, i don’t know, but i didn’t intend it to be art, just fun. in the end, it was jello — high-fibre jello. it really was a lot of work to eat it all.

overall, i’m very happy with the article. i think the interviewer tried very hard to understand me — it’s not his fault that my ideas aren’t very clear. i’m also proud to be in a canadian newspaper as an immigrant from japan on canada day. i like meeting other immigrants here: today i had coffee with a couple from iran. we talked about iran and japan and canada, and many different soccer games, including the thrilling england-portugal penalty kicks today. another nice canada day.

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  1. thalia’s avatar

    yay, congratulations! great article, great photo… and happy engagement anniversary, yuka :)

  2. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    thanks thalia!
    i’m addicted to your farm hustle game… the characters are soo cute :D

  3. Vee’s avatar

    congratulations! it’s great to see you getting the recognition you deserve. paul did a great job with the photo, too.

  4. Mayu’s avatar

    Sugoi! Congratulations, Yuka-san!!
    I read the whole article, and I thought the way he wrote was nice!
    I am very proud of you as an immigrant-from-Japan-to-be, and I like your Canada day history.
    Hip hip hurrah!

  5. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    thank you bero-chan and mayu-chan!

    and btw mayu-chan, the postcard (gokuri) you gave me is also in the photo above :D
    it’s behind plastique monkey.

    oboeteru kana?

  6. Jolene’s avatar

    I am completely blown away by you! You are AMAZING! You’re work, the giant pink jello, the way you write about it all — it’s just incredible to me! I’ve only just learned about you now through the StarPhoenix article, and I can tell you that I’ll be checking back often!

  7. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    thanks jolene.
    nice to meet you here :)

  8. jenny’s avatar

    YUKA!!!!!!!!!!!!
    you’re nothing short of amazing…

    bbq at my house sometime? we can have a mojito and check out and talk about my tomato plants, pick some raspberries and you can have your pick of a handful of wonderful smelling things from my herb garden…. be sure to check out my eggplants ‘cuz they are uber-kawaii!!!!!!!

    just like you!

    jenny

  9. jade’s avatar

    moshi moshi Yuka sama! ohisashiburi desu :)

    Just wanted to say thanks for the thoughtful and kind message about my weblog. Sorry/Gomennasai for the delay in acknowledging your very kind e-mail but I haven’t been on the site for a little while. I really enjoy it when someone visits the weblog and enjoys my music and then is kind enough to put such kind words as yours.

    Once again, thank you for taking the time to e-mail…Hontouni arigatou :)
    And yeah, I’ll be back to weblog some day soon.

    Take care and God bless you always!!

    PS- Congratulations to you, you deserve it !!!
    This is a lovely photo…You are truly beautiful talented artist. :)
    People like you are good for the scene…keep it deep!

    Cheers J

  10. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    ie ie kochirakoso!
    i’m so happy to hear from you!
    i’m really looking forward to visiting your blog soon!

    i’m glad that you’re doing well :)

  11. Dieter (Indian in the machine)’s avatar

    Hi Yuka

    It was very nice to meet you at the Broadway St Fair. You’re very creative and have great energy…thanks for sharing it.

    Dieter

  12. Canspaza - Things to do in Phoenix’s avatar

    Actually, the interviewer is correct, your entire website can and should be considered art.

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