For as long as I could remember I have been watching a star through my window. I saw it twinkle and I saw it shimmer. I watched it as the constellations told me stories; I watched it as the seasons went by. I saw it shining through my window and lighting up my room, and then I saw it fading away. As the story comes to an end, I knew it was time to say goodbye.
On March 11, 2011, a great disaster struck the Land of the Rising Sun. A monstrous earthquake befell the northeast coast of Japan and triggered a tsunami that would render Godzila a mere puny lizard in comparison. From nuclear bomb to earthquakes and tsunamis, in a land not unfamiliar with disasters, the Japanese citizens were once again confronted to cope with heartbreak. It was then time for them to say goodbye.
Whether it’s husband, wife, child, parent, friend, or lover, whether it’s a breakup, the departure for a journey, or even death – a goodbye is a goodbye. I was curious how the Japanese people said their goodbyes, as a nation and as individuals. And so as the rising sun erased the evanescing star from my sky, I thought I’d make a comic in hope that through the process I could create bonds with other souls experiencing the loss of their loved ones, thus the project Haikucomics was given birth to.
It has been in the works for quite some time, and today I am pleased to present to you the main feature of this project – A Beloved Wife, a Bow, a White Bird. I do hope you find it enjoyable.