But at the moment they have no plans to make a quick buck selling their coins, even though they still have around eight to ten extra prints carefully kept in their stash. “I didn’t collect the stuff with the intention of reselling it later. For me and my wife, we really love his work and our main goal is to exhibit and share his work. We have no intention of making money from this,” he said.
As important as their art collection is, one more thing is missing – a photograph with the artist himself. About six years ago, on a trip to Tokyo, they got closer to this holy grail when they came across the artist with his team at his cafe bar (it closed during the pandemic) in Nakano Broadway.
“Murakami was there to chat with his staff and it was a dilemma whether to approach him or not. But we ultimately decided against it,” Lee said. “We still regret it.”
Naturally, they are closely monitoring the situation in Japan and intend to return once restrictions are relaxed. “So much has changed and some of our favorite places are unfortunately no longer there,” he said. “But it would be so nice to go back and discover new things because Japan is always changing.