Drawing by Tadao Ando (2023) by Tadao AndoTadao Ando Architect & Associates

We are currently living in an extremely tumultuous and unstable era. 
Everyone is desperately searching for answers to the question of "Where is this world heading?" 

However, it is precisely during times like these that we should focus on the essence and origin of human culture that remains unchanged amidst a changing world, or perhaps, should not change. 

It requires the readiness and courage to not only read the currents of the times but also, to create our own flow and blaze new trails.

Nakanoshima Children’s Book Forest (2020) by Tadao AndoOriginal Source: Tadao Ando Architect & Associates

To the young people, I want to cheerfully say, "Live your present to the fullest!" and encourage you to cultivate an inner strength that will sustain a sense of urgency for the rest of your lives. 

The future is what you will create.

For those who are not so young, it is not enough to just observe from a distance. 

Even as you age, keep your spirit youthful, set goals, and as long as you continue to chase the light of hope, you can live in a state of "youth".

Green Apple Sculpture by Tadao AndoTadao Ando Architect & Associates

Age does not change anything. 

The goal is to live a "green apple" life that continues to challenge and never fully ripens.

-Tadao Ando

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