b'survivors in October 1990. It is not known precisely when Makuuchi received his check; however, his son, Jamie, remembers his father investing money in printing and framing for his 1993 exhibition of prints and poems at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, so it is likely that Makuuchi received his payment in the early 1990s. Bac k to t h e N o rt h w e st S e aIn the early 1950s Makuuchis aunt Dorothea (his mothers sister) had been placed by her family in the Camarillo State Mental Hospital. 95While there, Makuuchi said, she received a number of shock treatments which burned [her memory] out like the hole in the doughnut and affected her ability to live on her own. 96Sometime in the early 1960s, Dorothea was released from the hospital and returned to Seattle, where she met and married Tsunehito Sam Kanda in 1963. In 1993, when Kanda was placed in a nursing home and Dorotheas brother Morio died, Makuuchi relocated to Seattle, to live with her. During this period he began to work in earnest on two related projects: his manuscript of poems and prints From Lake Minidoka to Lake Mendota and Back to the Northwest Seaand a hoped-for documentary about his life and history. In both pursuits he was assisted by Josef LaVigne and Spencer Kaufman, both of whom had attended the University of Wisconsin and recently relocated to Seattle from Madison. The manuscript went through near-constant revision as Makuuchi re-edited and re-wrote certain poems. LaVigne described him as stubborn and focused during this period: He wanted to do so many things, he was looking at his own mortality when I knew him, and he wanted to crank some stuff out. 97Makuuchis life with Dorothea provided a level of stability, and he began to build a community in Seattle. The aspect of his work that garnered the most attention, particularly in the media, was his aerogami, and he frequently participated in festivals and events across the city. He also wrote a regular column, called Mun-Eye for a free weekly paper, Asian Art Focus. Because he was so focused on his manuscript and the documentary, Makuuchi did not create many printsFIGURE \x0c Down to the Sea in Ships CHECKLIST #49after moving to Seattle. However, he made several extended visits to Madison to collaborate with Andrew Balkin, including work on his Artists Series and hisparticipation in two portfolios published by Andrew Balkin Editions: AGB Encore shores. Makuuchi created illustrations for the text, which appears not to have (1997) and The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Portfolio (2002).been published. It is interesting to compare the images created in response to another persons text with the symbiotic relationship between Makuuchis own One of his last print series was connected to a project with a Seattle-based writerimages and words. Down to the Sea in Ships (fig. 42), at 52x 34inches, is the who called himself Bbu of the Sea. The text, entitled Brother Moon With a Coldlargest print in the series. A whaleboat with three passengers and a four-masted Halo, is a sprawling, mythic story of a young whaler who is wrecked on Arcticschooner are being pulled underwater by a large, diving whale accompanied by 68 69'