Tokyo is considered a particularly fast-moving, efficient city. Have the people and the city been laid to rest by the virus?
Yes. Everyone spends their time cooking and watching Netflix.
Did the lockdown help you to concentrate more on your work as an illustrator or do you need the hustle and bustle of the city around you to stay inspired?
I spent a lot of time watching movies and reading books, that gave me new inspiration. It was a very valuable experience because I had time to look back at myself.
Do people need art in a crisis?
Art is not needed at all in a crisis. No one can afford it or should be. However, I think that the number of people who heal their hearts with art and culture will have increased from the moment the situation has settled down somewhat.
What does the view from your flat look like?
The view from my apartment shows some temples and a quiet residential area. The COVID-19 situation hasn’t it changed from before to now. Only the kindergarten in front of my place is quiet, so I want to be able to hear the voices of the kindergarten early again.