Land of the Setting Sun
Land of the Setting Sun is the psycho-scape depicting the post disaster sentiment in my home land Japan. The images are obscured by the collective anxiety, felt everywhere in the land after the series of disasters hit Japan in 2011.
This book project presents the anonymous streets and corners of various cities in Japan. The sequence of images is dotted with the rocky landscapes of Mt. Osore hidden between the folds of the pages. Mt. Osore is a volcano in the northernmost part of Japan’s main island, and by local folk belief, Mt. Osore, literally means a mountain of fear, is the place where the deceased souls would go. The mountain was once crowded after the earthquake and tsunami with the pilgrims mourning for the dead. Those combined images of the desolate streets and the otherworldly volcanic landscapes inspire a viewer of the land’s future darkened by the anxiety.