Giri’ is an essential part of Japanese society. It means the burden of obligation to all whom you encounter in your daily life. Usually it is those who are higher in social status than yourself- your boss, your teacher, patron. I have been married to a Japanese national for 40 years. ‘Giri’ is a part of my existence. It cannot be changed or altered.
Christine Shoji is a Sydney based artist currently completing her Diploma of Visual Art at Meadowbank TAFE. She has exhibited widely in Australia and Japan. Sculpture is a new venture for Chris.