Size 21 inch x 16 inch (51cm x 41cm)
Monday, 11 January 2021
Whilst waiting for a bus at the bus stop somewhere in remote countryside (there is a typical Japanese bus stop sign evident), this teenage boy got suddenly startled by the arrival of a stuffed bear creature turned up pulling a toy wagon, shouting ‘ECCO MI!’ – ‘here I am at your service’. Very similar to the case of my picture ‘wellies’, all I wanted to create was this red plastic (or metal) toy wagon (or trailer in the UK) dwelled in my head for a long time.
It’s not hard to picture so many kids had their hands on the simple wagon toys and played by stuffing toys and books inside, towing around and accidentally (or intentionally) bumping into every imaginable corners of furniture in the house or mowing savagely the most beautiful flowerbeds and vegetable patches in the backyards. And when they got exhausted or bored, they went inside the wagon and demanded to be pulled by someone else, most probably by their dads.
I am no way lecturing how we deal with children as a parent, because I am one of those parents who spoiled the children showering with excessive amount of toys and stuffed animals, etc. And any broken or torn toys were destined to go into bins. How awfully wasteful!! I am indeed ashamed of myself looking back.
So as my atonement, the bear creature in my picture has one leg in a different colour. It signifies the leg has been fixed and preserved instead of being discarded. And just maybe, the reason it frightened the teenager….. was because he could have been the owner of this stuffed animal in his childhood? Wouldn’t it be petrifying, would it?