Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
Yes, we haven’t met face to face. However, I wouldn’t be sitting here in Sweden full of expectations, excitement, and happiness waiting to meet you if it wasn’t for an inspiration of love.
Yes, TGS will succeed. What comes from pure love, has to be successful. I can’t think of a more pure form of love than that of a mother towards her child. Alex, this is a gift for you. Yet, I’m also a recipient of that gift. Each one of us here is, and plenty more will be. As the years go by, hundreds will be entrusted with this gift of love to carry on through generations to come.
I always wanted six children. I really did! Life didn’t give me children that were mine. Instead, it has given me the honor to meet, and learn from the children of others.
You all come to us for we are your teachers. Yet, the reality is you will teach us as much as we can teach you. You will lead us with your passion. You will remind us of what it is to see the world at your age…such a privilege… the unique view of young eyes filled with hope, energy, future…
We will grow with you as much as you will with us. This symbiotic relationship will take us beyond our wildest dreams. It will open doors we never suspected where there. Together, we will find a way to bring the world together, to cherish in our differences, to develop our understanding and empathy towards every other person we meet along the way.
If we as teachers are successful, you will stop needing us and will head out on your own. Our triumph is your independence. The ability to understand that you are now capable of teaching yourselves. You will have learned there are no limits, and will help others reach their highest potential and aspirations.
It is with deep respect and humility that I await for you, and prepare to show you a path. I stand with my “machete” in hand for our path will take many twists and turns brought by each of your unique insights and visions.
The fifteen of you are the passengers. There wouldn’t be a voyage without you. You give meaning to what I am here to do. You are the real leaders behind this adventure we are all about to begin.