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Takashi Arai’s Photographic Monuments to a Manmade Disaster

Farmers at decontamination site, Minamisoma, 2012 Since the tsunami hit Japan in March 2011, the Japanese photographer Takashi Arai has continuously ventured to Fukushima to photograph areas affected by nuclear radiation. Using a daguerreotype camera, the photographs in this project titled ‘Here and There’ are haunting representations of a land that has largely become uninhabitable.…

The Representation of Post-Tsunami Landscapes

Naoya Hatakeyama, Rikuzentakata, July 2004 © Naoya Hatakeyama Naoya Hatakeyama, Rikuzentakata, April 2011 © Naoya Hatakeyama Watching the BBC News in the aftermath of the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami on the east coast of Japan, I vividly remember the foreign correspondent reporting from a town with an unusual name: Rikuzentakata. Little did I know then…

Japan Fundraiser: Floating Cities by Marco Bohr

Marco Bohr, Beatles, Chopin and Unknown, 91 x 111 cm c-print, 2007 Regular readers of this blog will know that Japanese visual culture is a topic I often seek to explore in my posts. I have a personal attachment to Japan since I lived in Tokyo from 2003 to 2004 and until today I return…