Invisible Me (published in Japanese in 2010) is a dialogue with da Vinci’s famous Vitruvian Man drawing centered around the question “Who am I?” In the Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), it is suggested that the important things in our lives, such as happiness, health, dreams, fear, mind, and life itself, are invisible. In particular, the most important aspect of our being—“myself”—is surely invisible to the eyes. In this context, da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man suggests that a man lives like a hermit crab, forever carrying an invisible shell.

It is not certain whether da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man from the Renaissance era can provide valid answers to the questions of our modern times. Yet, the idea that all humans live in, are protected by, and are limited by invisible shells, hints that modern man might not only shield himself from others, but also from happiness, fulfilled living, and love.


Saint-Exupéry, A. (1943). The Little Prince (R. Howard, Trans.) Harcourt.



『星の王子さま』サン・テグジュベリ作/内藤 濯 訳/2000年/岩波書店


Invisible Me