The friendship between Lawrence Matsuda and Roger Shimomura began with an art sale. Both are Japanese-American, and Matsuda was among the first Japanese-Americans to purchase a piece of Shimomura’s art. Shimomura invited Matsuda to lunch, and they bonded over Bruce Lee stories, a love for salmon fishing and sharing the same middle name — Yutaka. They first met about 10 years ago.
It was only a matter of time before the poet and artist, both successful in their respective fields, collaborated on a project.