Gardiner is on the road again. She emailed me a picture of these vintage papers she saw at a gallery in L.A. I have no idea what they are but I could see them printed on fabrics and that would be fun. I guess my mind has lately been stuck on fabrics and that is where it first wonders to…
It is year 2021 and time is already slipping away… I received an email from Gardiner with a photo of a mug. It is actually in response to an email I wrote last year asking what her favorite thing around the house is.
When I last spoke with Gardiner, she was settling back into Chicago life after her one month long california trip. She told me she was already preparing for another road trip to Texas. A few weeks later I received photos from Texas. Lots of outdoor time where it is sunny in Texas unlike the cold Chicago winter.
A month long trip to California is coming to an end for Gardiner. She emails me with some images taken at her final destination on the itinerary. It is the National Park in California called Manzanar National Historic Site. I look up to find that it is one of the camp sites in the United States where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. Looking at the pictures I cannot help but wonder “what kept the hopes of Japanese Americans alive?”
Gardiner is in California at the moment. Pictures were taken while out on her walk in Japan town, San Jose. Due to the corona virus situation only a few restaurants were open she explained. The images she shares leave certain impressions; quiet, secretive and even lonely.
I asked Gardiner if she could share photos from when she was little. Through these photos I feel as though I get a glimpse of her history and history that connects her and I via Japanese roots. Connecting the dots. I am left with more questions.