Please Our Boisterous Kids!

Ryôji Arai's Acceptance Speech

Hello Astrid!
I have come to see you.
If I climb a tree somewhere
I’m sure I will see you.
I’m really happy to have been given
the opportunity to be strongly influenced by you.
Maybe there is a little bit of you in my pictures.
Thank you Astrid!
I will cherish what you have given me
as well as I can.
I will make my illustrations
in a way that will please you!
In a way that will please our boisterous kids!
Thank you Astrid!
Thank you Sweden!

Translation: Lars Vargö