This morning on the 'Tokudane' morning show on channel eight there was a segment titled 'Shazai Ryoku', which means something like 'The Way/ Method of Apology/Remorse'. It reviewed the year's many public apologies, dissecting them and providing useful advice for anyone faced with a similar situation. One business crisis management expert offered these four tips:
1. Wear a dark suit to convey an appropriate mood of contrition.
2. Don't smile.
3. Don't speak with your fellow bowers.
4. Bow for at least five seconds in unison to allow the media to capture your apology.
Bas Jan Ader, still from the film 'I'm too sad to tell you'. Ader famously disappears and perishes while trying to cross the Atlantic ocean in a tiny yacht, solo, for a work titled 'In Search of the Miraculous' in 1975.
The flier image for an exhibition I curated in 2000 called 'Table Manners' at the Mizuma Art Gallery. The image was made by my brother, Peter, and shows Grant Green standing in the dry stone garden of Ryoanji, Kyoto. I really like this image. He looks so relaxed and pleased. It reminds me of those St. George and the Dragon images, with the knight in armour standing over the slain dragon.