THE VERY SPECIAL DAY by Yuri Kageyama
Pictures by Munenori Tamagawa
LIVE PAINTING/READING AT A GALLERY IN TACHIKAWA, WESTERN TOKYO, SAT. OCT 28, 2017.
A birthday is very special for any little boy.
And a little boy is very special for any parent.
This book is an everyday but very special story about the trials and joys of growing up in an imperfect world.
A TOKYO FLOWER CHILDREN publication, 2016, with book design by Fengshui Iwazaki.
Story First Published in KONCH, Ishmael Reed Publishing Co., October 2013.
A story about how a defiant young woman tries to make a birthday a very special day for her child all by herself.
A story about how discrimination begins in the home, and how the fight against discrimination also begins in the home.
A story about ice cream at a birthday party and French Fries at the aquarium.
A story about how “they didn’t like us because we were Japanese American, and not Japanese.”
A story about how stars can be that cure-all ideal but no-cost spiritual present.
A story that’s a bit sentimental but honorable and true, written for all the children in the world.
May they stay safe, may they enjoy peace, may they find love and may they know who they really are.
FOR ORDERS please go to artist Munenori Tamagawa’s book site here.
OUR READING OF THE VERY SPECIAL DAY AT INOKASHIRA KOEN/PARK featuring Live Painting by Munenori Tamagawa, the illustrator of the book, and writer Yuri Kageyama with the Yuricane band: Kouzan Kikuchi (shakuhaci), Hiroshi Tokieda (bass) and Ryan Carter (guitar). Photo by Junji Kurokawa. SUN Oct. 23, 2016.
READING by Yuri Kageyama with Kouzan Kikuchi (shakuhachi), Hiroshi Tokieda (bass), Hirokazu Suyama Jackson (percussion) and Tea (vocals) at Infinity Books in Tokyo Aug. 7, 2016 (Photo by Emiko Tokai).
Video by Naomi Yoshida
Artists make any day a VERY SPECIAL DAY when we come together: Painting/Music/The Spoken Word collaboration at Tachikawa Gallery of Nagai Garou. Oct. 28, 2017. Left to Right: Yuri Kageyama, Yuuichiro Ishii, Munenori Tamagawa.