Last Words of a Mother

“Kazuo, a deep-sea flounder is swimming inside my body. You know, long, long ago it was shaped like a globular fish but over time has been ‘flattened’ due to the surrounding water pressure on the ocean bottom. When you dance, Kazuo, move in such a way that the entire universe rumbles; dance like that flounder does as it jumps forth from the sand on the sea bed.”

parting words of Kazuo Ohno’s mother on her deathbed