A young boy takes the tram out to the countryside to find his grandfather. He brings with him his dog, Pudding, and a magical suitcase. Over the years, he has gradually begun to forget things, like what his mother said, where Pudding came from, and how he should always smile at the world. He’s even forgotten that he is just a child. With the clanking of the tram, the boy steadily starts to remember things from the past, like a train passing through a dark cave before finally being ushered into the light.
In 2015, Jimmy Liao was invited to participate in Japan’s Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial to design public art for the local area, and thus Kiss & Goodbye was born. The story’s faint sense of sadness, alongside the brightly-colored pictures and clanking of the tram, really pull at the heart strings. When you miss the wind, chase the wind; when you miss the rain, go out in the rain; and when you miss someone? Find them in a dream and kiss them!