Ups and Downs of Life in black by Midori Furze

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One of my favourite old Japanese sayings
“七”- seven,“転”-fall over,“八”-eight,“起”-get up

I was reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”.
He wrote in the introduction of the book -
“When we first begin fighting for our dream, we have no experience and make many mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”


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qqMidori Furze is a Japanese-born Sydney based contemporary artist.

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  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 6 years ago

    aw, such a positive message midori, i haven’t heard this before (although i have read “The Alchemist” and loved it….so i must have :D but couldn’t recall……life is like one big circle with little deviations here and there….we end up with the same person (ourselves) and the same problems to solve…’s all a matter of how we solve them, and move on from the outcomes…..fascinating reading that book!!

  • It may be a newer edition.
    When I read in Japanese, it didn’t have the introduction.
    This book has extra bits, like insights, interviews and more in it.
    hehehe.. I haven’t finish reading it in English yet.
    I will enjoy it tonight!!

    – Midori Furze

  • msdiddles
    msdiddlesabout 6 years ago

    great message, simple execution, great looking T

  • Thank you msdiddles!!
    I am glad you like it!!

    – Midori Furze

  • frozenfa
    frozenfaabout 6 years ago

    ooh!! love this, Midori!! love the texts.. i’ve never read the alchemist before.. hehe.. but i love the words.. right on!! XD

  • You will enjoy this book, fa.
    I read it in Japanese and I loved it.
    So I got it in English for my daughter.
    I began reading yesterday but I stopped at the introduction because I really wanted to do this Tshirt design asap.
    I like this Old Japanese Saying and he said the same thing!!
    : )))))

    – Midori Furze

  • nofrillsart
    nofrillsartabout 6 years ago

    That is a cool sentiment!

  • Thank you veeeeeeery much, nofrillsart!!!

    – Midori Furze

  • Jen Cannella
    Jen Cannellaabout 6 years ago

    I love this shirt…great message!

  • Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu, Jen!!!

    – Midori Furze

  • Jen Cannella
    Jen Cannellaabout 6 years ago


  • graphos
    graphosabout 6 years ago

    nice work

  • Thank you, graphos!!!

    – Midori Furze

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 6 years ago

    Indeed a great message and design!

  • Thanks, Ellen!!
    : )))

    – Midori Furze

  • Brad MacDuff
    Brad MacDuffover 5 years ago

    Great T, and a great book. The Alchemist is a must read for all.

  • Thank you sooooooooo much, Brad!!

    – Midori Furze

  • artsandherbs
    artsandherbsabout 4 years ago

    Your T-shirt arrived today and looks fabulous! My son is very happy with it :)

  • Hi Mieke!!
    How exciting~!!!
    Happy to hear you and your son like it!!
    {{{ hugs }}}

    – Midori Furze

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