[Concept of the button] The Ginkgo leaf is a leaf from the Gingko tree (Ginkgo Biloba). In Japan, ginkgo is known as the symbol of endurance and vitality. The reason is the tree survived from atomic blast of Hiroshima in 1945. Despite heavily damaged, the tree successfully recovered and still can be found in Peace Park, Hiroshima, Japan. Additionally, Ginkgo refers as Hibakujumoku (被爆樹木) which means something that has experienced nuclear bomb and dubbed as "Bearer of hope" by Japanese. Therefore, we want to carry Ginkgo's symbolic meaning and the history, through the button's design.
No Flag I used to want buyers for my words. Now I wish someone would buy me away from words. I have made a lot of charmingly profound images, scenes with Abraham and Abraham's father, Azar, who was famous for making icons. I am so tired of what I have been doing. Then one image without form came, and I quit. Look for someone else to tend the shop. I am out of the image-making business. Finally I know the freedom of madness. A random image arrives. I scream, Get out! It disintegrates. Only love. Only the holder the flag fits into. No flag.
[Concept of the patch] When a Chinese emissary returned from a voyage to the court at Shuri Castle, he brought a gift for the king, a necklace decorated with a figurine of a shisa. The king found it charming and wore it underneath his clothes. At the Naha Port bay, the village of Madanbashi was often terrorized by a sea dragon who ate the villagers and destroyed their property. One day, the king was visiting the village, and one of these attacks happened; all the people ran and hid. The local noro had been told in a dream to instruct the king when he visited to stand on the beach and lift up his figurine towards the dragon; she sent the boy, Chiga, to tell him the message. He faced the monster with the figurine held high, and immediately a giant roar sounded all through the village, a roar so deep and powerful that it even shook the dragon. A massive boulder then fell from heaven and crushed the dragon's tail, so that he couldn't move, and eventually died. This boulder and the dragon's body became covered with plants and surrounded by trees, and can still be seen today as the "Gana-mui Woods" near Naha Ohashi bridge. The townspeople then built a large stone shisa to protect it from the dragon's spirit and other threats.