Staff of the Yakushizawa Hut, Writer, Illustrator
Ms. Yamato is an inhabitant of the Yakushizawa Hut; located in about three hours walking distance towards the direction of Toyama side from the Kumonodaira Mountain Hut. My association with her has been close to 15 years. Although my first impression for her was something of a female painter with subdued character, as time passed, I came to be surprised by her dazzling creativity and thoughtfulness within her. She became distinguished in various media such as painter, illustrator and writer, as well as being a craftsman of figurative arts and ardent lover of fishing, her inquisitive mind knows no bounds. In spring of 2019, she published her essay book titled “Kurobe Genryu Yamagoya Gurashi (Life in Mountain Hut of Kurobe Riverheads)” that describes in her witty writing style about the universe of nature, mystery in life of people and the drama of love and hatred that unfold in interaction with local small animals. I feel her spiritual acuteness as she discovers her profound views of life and death in one inadvertent daily scene. Her unique expression brings out new perspectives on the way human beings face the mountains.