D: from what I understand, people who do Amirugumi have a very definite set of favorite subjects to work with. Can you tell us what most people like, and which do you personally prefer?
Y: there are some classics, or the most common subjects anyway. Also, when one is not very confident they tend to copy other people’s patterns, so here we go with lots of puppet versions of cakes, dolls and little animals. I personally love the typically Japanese taste for creating antropomorphous objects. The idea of objects and food that look at you and smile is funnier, I believe, but lately have been rediscovering the pleasure of making some little animals (also smiling, of course).
D: Kawaii (a Japanese word meaning cute, adorable) and Amigurumi go hand in hand. What does being Kawaii mean to you?
Y: it is a fundamental prerequisite. Basically, Amirugumi do not have an actual use, all they need to do is to be Kawaii! Well, it’s a difficult question. If we are talking about Amigurumi, they are kawaii when I look at them and they inspire me a feeling of tenderness. For me, they don’t have to be great or perfect, they have to touch me. I wish I could take them all home with me. For example, last year in a shop in Kyoto there were Amigurumi that were very well made, totally perfect from a technical point of view, and then I turned around and I saw a little dragon put aside in a basket. It was the sale basket, but it has such a sweet little face that I took it home (which was quite inconvenient since it was huge).