"Hiroyuki Wakimoto was born in Tsushima Island, but became a disciple to Mr. Joji Yamashita when he was 29. Yamashita was born in Tokyo. Tsushima Island was attacked twice by a cruel army of Mongolians in 1274 and 1281. There was a terrible atrocity, but when they tried to attack the mainland Japan twice, there was a typhoon coming each time where they were, which swept away all the army into the sea bottom. As a result Japan was safe. This typhoon was called Kamikaze (God's wind) after that, and this same name was attached to young Japanese suicide bombers attacking American fleet in World War II. So, Wakimoto must have been told many times about all this by his parents and grandparents. The stories one hears repeatedly in one's youth may influence what he does in later life. As for the explanation of Sakimori, what he said is this: He was born in Tsushima Island off Nagasaki Prefecture in Kyushu. Tsushima is located in Japan Sea between Japan and China or Korea. So, it has long been regarded as a defense line against a possible attack from these countries. Therefore, a lot of Sakimoris (soldiers) have been stationed there since the time immemorial. He was born and brought up feeling and sharing the air of those Sakimori courage and tradition. So, when he started pottery, his first theme of art was the Tsushima tradition and history. This is an explanation for Sakimori and his reason why. "