About this Artwork
Obata painted and adored equally California’s mountains and coastline. In a 1965 interview he described thinking of Japan when looking west across the Pacific:
Since I came here in 1903, every year at the end of the year when it becomes colder in San Francisco on the night of the 31st I would go to the Pacific Ocean to the beach at the Cliff house. In those days there was a lot of driftwood. I would gather them and make a fire. I would dig a hole in the sand; I would get in there and keep myself warm by the driftwood fire, and I would wait for the sun rising from the sea. In the morning I would write down on the sand, which is the result of the crashing waves, my impression to send to my parents and friends in my homeland. This is how I tried to convey my feelings to them.