Mr. Nakano decided to get involved in Eyes as Big as Plates after a call from his good friend and artistic collaborator Mr Maruyama. Mr. Nakano has been doing pottery since he was 23 and has loved living in Kyoto for the last 30 years. We hopped to the backseat of his car in the center of Kyoto and before long were out of the hustle and bustle. Speeding through wild and winding roads through impressive vertical woodland landscapes we moshed to the beat of a Swedish A Capella choir and Keith Jarret. Stopping only at Miyama to pick up our very own information officer and Mr Nakano’s good friend Ms. Yagyū, we continued driving until the road ended. Ms. Yagyū led us to the Ashiu cedar woods, where a young tree is 100 years and the oldest ones a mighty 500-800 years old.