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Burden of your heart go down to slip it in this: no matter happy and JUST FOR TODAY ISBN: 4054055907 (2013) [Japanese Import]

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Yuriko Matsuda, 86, of Hilo, a retired secretary and former registered nurse, died at home. She was born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii. She is survived by son Pete, daughter Laura Colbert, brother Chosei Sakihara, sister Shizue Shiroma and two grandchildren. Private services. In lieu of flowers or monetary offerings, donations suggested to Hospice of Hilo, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720.

Call her works playful. Call them sensuous. Call them decorative, even, and ceramic artist Yuriko Matsuda won't mind a bit. "It's such a shame that the term 'decoration' is so often applied as a pejorative," Matsuda said in a recent interview, using the Japanese word soshoku. "The implication seems to be that anything that is decorative or ornamental can't be real art, because it lacks depth and meaning. I couldn't disagree more."

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