This piece donated to the Hospice shows all the poetic concept of Yumi Karasumaru’s work. First of all – the subject – a little girl. Children and adolescents are often favourite subjects in the artist’s work because they show the very strong bonds the artist feels towards her country. The other very important element is her way of permitting viewers to imagine and hear dozens of personal stories. As Yumi Karasumaru states: “lately I have become very curious to hear people’s stories. Stories that move between the past and the present, stories that are true or false, stories that are black or blue”. On closer examination, the painting shows a mosaic of small details, each one representing a story; in the words of the artist: stories of the past and present. This is a painting that must be observed closely; the viewer must take the time to discover the different faces, expressions, encounters, and symbols – but above all, the stories that are there to be heard, to be imagined in the mind and the heart.