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May 23, 2010
I knew him. I did not always understand him. I liked him. I learned from him. I traveled w/him to Japan. That was phenomenal. He did his country proud. When I sought him out again, he was gone. I was surprised/shocked by that. I thought that he would live forever. He said so and often. He never said he was sick. He never said, " Good bye". I will miss him always. He was a character and a cultural icon. It is because of him that I love all things Japanese. May his spirit and love of his culture live among us in his memory.
April 28, 2010
Dear Family of Kaji Aso i am so sorry for your lost. Let me share a scripture with you at James 4:8 were it says Draw close to god and he will draw close to you.
April 10, 2009
hi! mr aso

give me osen-bei again

thank you

kay takinami

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May 8, 2008
In the last few years of living out West in California, I have lost touch with much of my life/aquaintences in Boston. So it was a sad shock to hear of Sensei Aso's passing over a year after the fact. So it is now as if he had passed yesterday, and my heart is heavy with his memory and thoughts of his kindness, humour and talent. He was a great man, and a wonderful teacher. Although I met him in a class while a student at the SMFA in 1996, I credit him with planting a seed of Eastern philosophy and approach to art/life/nature/ and painting that is just now bearing its ripe fruit. This approach is concerned with the openess and expansiveness of awareness (of a 'being-ness' expressed in a simple thumbprint or a freshly opened grapefruit) and a profound appreciation of natural form and light. This is in marked contrast to much of the Modernist approach espoused by the school he taught in. (after so much Modernist training, I'll never forget the youthful shock I felt at his blithe casual remark that "Picasso was more like a clumsy cartoonist, not an elegant painter") But his spontaneous, Zen like approach to painting and nature has stayed with me to this day and shaped me in such meaningful ways.

But for all his artistic and personal grace, one mustn't forget how funny he could be too. I made the mistake of mentioning to him one day how my youthful love of bed pleasures sometimes resulted in sessions lasting several hours. He couldnt believe it, slapped his knee and laughed so much! When, heartbroken, I later broke up with one amorous girlfriend, he chided me saying, "well, its not so bad. Now you have two more hours a day to paint!"
Hahaha!!! ...ah, I still laugh at that.

Also, no matter how much I tried to get it out of him, he still never told me his age!
It was hard to guess, and anyway, his spirit is timeless.

Here's to Professor Aso! A true Renaissance man, a brilliant natural genius, and a Great Soul!

Sensei, your love and lessons live on in the hearts of many, including my own. I shall miss you even more now that you have gone to the great horizon, and I cant help but think that this world couldn't contain your beautiful spirit anymore, and so released it.

I finally understand what you were trying to tell me all those years ago. Thank you, Thank you, Domo.
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