Fox's window was written in 1971 by Naoko Awa (1943-1993), an award-winning Japanese writer of modern fairy tales.
In the story, through the Fox’s window – the shape made by putting one’s index fingers and thumbs together to form a diamond – one can see through to an irrecoverable and magical past.
The story goes . . . on his way home, a hunter lost in the woods chases a young white fox and he comes across a dye shop with the fox (in his human form as a boy) in a blue bell field.
The boy dyes the hunter’s fingers in blue using the blue bells and creates a diamond shaped window with the dyed fingers he can look through.
Whenever the hunter looks through, he sees a girl who he has loved and has lost contact with, and his family who are no longer able to be with him.
As the exchange for this magical window, the fox-boy requests the hunter’s rifle and the hunter gives it to him.
When the hunter returns home, he washes his hands before he realizes that the dye will wash off.
The story is about nature, transformation, and the bittersweet pain of a fondly remembered past.
Kasahara has chosen this story, as several years after the Tsunami disaster in Japan many people are still missing, losing their families, whilst numerous children are orphans.
The Kitchen Window Gallery presents elements of the story and factual data of what has happened to families in the disaster area since 11 March 2011.