Kunizo Matsumoto: Obsessed with Text

Kunizo Matsumoto: Obsessed with Text

First published: Winter 2006

Kunizo Matsumoto’s days are interwoven with the letters that make up the Japanese alphabet. He collects Japanese text, scrutinises it intently, and then copies and spells out the words. This is the only means by which he relates to the ‘extraordinary’ world that he adores and longs for.

 


Born in Osaka in 1962, Kunizo first became interested in letters when he was more than twenty years old. Until that time, he had not been taught to write; although writing classes were held at the School for the Disabled at which he was a pupil, he chose to spend all his time there in the school playground acting out various roles in Japanese historical dramas away from the confines of the classroom.

 

This is an article extract; read the full article in Raw Vision #57