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Our Windows (2014)
Our Windows (2014)

Our Windows (2014)
Our Windows (2014)

Our Windows (2014)
Our Windows (2014)

Our Windows (2014)
Our Windows (2014)

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Our Windows (2014)

 

  There’s a fixed window that never opens.

     You and I are placed in a closed space and gaze silently at the closed window. Beyond the window is a world but a wall separates this place and the world out there. We will never meet unless that window is broken.  A distance that keeps us from harm, or a relationship that is safe and lukewarm. Will we just continue to gaze at the closed window?

     There’s a fixed window that never opens.

     After seven hours on an intercity bus, I get off at a town by the sea. I check in at a cheap motel and pay for the room up front to an unfriendly manager. I take my camera out as the sun begins to set. I shoot photographs under the light from sunset until dawn. I spend nights watching the closed window. 

     There’s a fixed window that never opens.

     I go out for a trip on impulse. An old truck is my feet and I made a small cabin on the bed of the truck. The cabin has no furniture, only a skylight that never opens. I park the truck in the middle of nowhere and stand before the wall in the cabin.  Bathing in the sunlight coming through the closed window of the dark box has become my ritual. I go out for a trip on impulse just to do this ritual. 

 

     Question to the viewers: Please tell me about your closed window if these pictures inspire you.

Small History (2014)
Small History (2014)

Small History (2014)
Small History (2014)

Small History (2014)
Small History (2014)

Small History (2014)
Small History (2014)

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Small History (2014)

 

     What happened in the past are manipulated by the authorities, education and media easily. Justice is frail and just can be an illusion. They are like calling terrorist a criminal or a hero, or like defining the change of leaders as a revolution or a coup.

 

     This project aims to construct a history book of my own through visiting and doing fieldworks at historical land sights that are small and easily be forgotten in the big history.

Born in 1983
Born in 1983

Born in 1983
Born in 1983

Born in 1983
Born in 1983

Born in 1983
Born in 1983

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Born in 1983 (2013)

 

   This is a story about the generation born in 1983 in Japan. 

They live with the burden, because of the bizarre murder committed by 14-year-old boy born in 1983.

 

     The generation is connected with the case and the made-up name, which the boy used for claim of responsibility. 

They are called the generation of "Sakakibara".

 

     After that, the generation has gone in for serious crimes, for example a bus hijacking and a brutal indiscriminate murder. 

Until now, they go through their life with anxiety on their identity; we don't know the reason for being.

 

Case 1 ; The eyes of dead-fish

 

     It was her hollow and emotionless eyes that attracted me to the woman. She was born in the year 1983.

 

     I can clearly recall the conversation we had during the shooting: 

“What kind of a person turns you on?” 

“I get turned on to a person with lifeless eyes.” 

“Could it be because of your self-reflection? Your eyes are lifeless. No harm intended, but they’re like those of a dead fish.”