The Pacific Tourist (2016)
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Place of publication: Tokyo, Japan
Dimensions: 14.0 x 18.5 cm
Type of printing: laser
Self-published (self-printing and hand-binding)
Concept, storyline, and art direction by Yumi Goto
In collaboration with Reminders Photography Stronghold 2016
The book "The Pacific Tourist." is made to mislead the time and place of a landscape photography project.
The project is about Japanese two small islands next to each other. One is called Nozaki Island, nearly uninhabited island sinceall the residents have moved out live with the capitalism in 1990s. The other is Ojika Island, where about 2,800 people still co-exists with nature and maintains self-sufficiency and barter. The two islands are where I've found a different kind of “good life”. It is the richness not regarding money or efficiency in its untouched nature and the unchanged manner of living with it for years.
The idea of misleading is based on the uniqueness of Japanese thinking patterns. Japanese people have the subconscious to try to find the real culture form foreign countries, not in Japan. This is closely related to the origin of the Japanese ethnicity, because Japan is a so remote and small nation of numerous islands that we tend to think there must be getter culture somewhere overseas. As for me, it had been the United States for a long time. Any culture from the States seemed to be very cool to me and I'd been longing to it since I was little. However, after I’ve been to Nozakiand and Ojika islands, I came to think what we should learn is perhaps not in the States anymore. It is in Japan itself instead, where simple living with nature still remains.
This photobook represents Nozaki and Ojika Islands as "foreign country" where we should go and find the better culture in this mature modern society.
*Self Publish Riga dummy contest 2016, shortlist
*Self-printing and binding
*Art direction and editorial coordination by Jan Rosseel, Yumi Goto
*THEBOOKSHOW the 3rd edition
*Read the article on phosmag