Recently I had the chance to give a lecture at Otaru University of Commerce in Hokkaido – called “The Art and Engineering of Umbrellas” as part of the Otaru University of Commerce English Lecture Series. I discussed my early experiences as a sculptor and my current experiences as an umbrella and parasol designer. I went over the developing designs such as the Parashell, Pumpkin Umbrella, Sakura Parasol and also showed some new designs that will be debuting in 2013. I really enjoyed the experience. My thanks go to Shawn Clankie at Otaru University for the invitation.