Wine Like a Bouquet of Flowers
By: James, Founder and Winemaker
It’s the story of a newlywed couple: he’s an artist, she’s a marriage-counselor-in-training. Not surprisingly, the budget is tight, and they often resort to canned tuna to make ends meet. At the end of another long day, the husband sits, alone, ruminating, wondering how to pay the rent and pay for necessities this week…
It’s a story recounted by artist and writer Makoto Fujimura, whose works have been described as “a fusion between fine art and abstract expressionism, together with the traditional Japanese art of Nihonga and Kacho-ga (bird-and-flower painting tradition).” I find his works are of rare beauty: abstract enough to inspire wonder before the sense of possibility they contain, yet with enough realistic elements that they can speak to the viewer. Below is one of his works so you can get a feel for his work.
Back to our story: it’s actually a true one that Makoto and his wife Judy lived out in the early days of their marriage, so I’ll leave it to him to finish the tail for you in his own words:
“Our refrigerator was empty and I had no cash left. Then Judy walked in, and she had bought home a bouquet of flowers. I got really upset.
‘How could you think of buying flowers if we can’t even eat!’ I remember saying, frustrated.
Judy’s reply has been etched in my heart for over thirty years now. “We need to feed our souls, too.”
The irony is that I am an artist. I am the one, supposedly, feeding people’s souls. But in worrying for tomorrow, in the stoic responsibility I felt to make ends meet, to survive, I failed to be the artist. Judy was the artist: she brought home a bouquet.”