In order to set my rhythm at the start of the day, I check the level until where I’ll let the water flow,
or the density of the paste. After the first five to ten sheets, I stop thinking. I just make paper. What will I do next, what approach will I take
for next step of the process, I don’t ask myself
those questions when making paper. I just think of other things. The hard part of the training is the long time
you have to spend alone. It makes you think a lot. At the time, the mind and body
wouldn’t keep up, or wouldn’t work as expected. It’s not something where
you ask your teacher, listen, then act. It’s a lot of observing,
but rather than copying, it’s about absorbing it in your own way. My heart wasn’t all into it at first. I started creating these 15 years
after making my first sheet, before that I had only made one single type of paper. He has this sensitivity,
something that goes beyond technique. I am more of a craftsman,
working on repetitive tasks. By balancing the two,
we are able to create new things, I guess that’s our relationship.