Si means “four” in Japanese, and at the same time it can mean “death”. Therefore, often Japanese avoid the number four, just like some Christians may avoid thirteen. There are four boxes, and at the same time the work is about life and death.
It is again about chrysanthemum. The flowers on the lids connote surface beauty and its loss, meaning what one can see, and the bottom of the boxes show the inner truth. When a life ends, the life reaches in fact the highest point of the life.
This is the piece that I was working on in my blog until the day before my child was born. I had Braxton Hicks contractions since I wrote this blog on 5 November, and it seems that I had real labour when I was finishing up this piece. I just tried to think that it was Braxton Hicks, as I was too busy! It was strange yet profound experience that I was working on “death” when I was about to give birth to life.