JAPAN-GO-ROUND (2013 - ongoing)

Humans are made alive by nature.
Nature keeps beautiful by human touch.



My lifework project "JAPAN-GO-ROUND" captured landscapes of nature touched by human. I've been having short trips to rural areas of all across Japan since 2013, and I always end up with finding the essence of how we live. It is because there still exist traditional land use that have evolved from local communities' long-term efforts to adapt to their surrounding environments and enjoy their bounties in a sustainable manner. 

Satoyama (landscapes) and Satoumi (seascapes) are the Japanese names for these sustainable human-influenced natural environments. Since current global trends have highlighted efficiency and convenience in capitalism, I've started this project to contribute for broader global recognition of Satoyama and Satoumi. I wish to promote the conservation and restoration of sustainable human-influenced natural environments in Japan.