When I was an office worker in Japan, I would stop at a nearby ramen shop when I was feeling worn out from work. With a cheerful shop clerk, eating ramen there recharged my body and spirit and it was a serene and blissful moment for me. I conveyed these feelings when I was in Japan into a bowl of ramen and added monkeys as spices.
In 2014, ten years after I had begun drawing, I wanted to begin showing my artworks in earnest in America. That's how I decided to immigrate to Los Angeles. When I started building my life here, it was more challenging than I had imagined. It was a frantic day-to-day as I attempted to manage the tremendous wave I was riding, which I expressed with California's symbol, the bear, riding the wave of California.
Whenever I create an image, I jump into the world of things I am familiar with (animals, nature, food). I wonder what living in those worlds would be like, and I approach my art with that adventurous spirit. For this image, I jumped into the strawberry jam's world, and presented a small sliver of what her daily life might be like.