One Stories


Hell Valley (2016)

This series is the present landscape of Owakudani in Kanagawa Prefecture. This area was known as Jigokudani (Hell Valley) up until the Edo Period, and this characteristics scenery has now turned it into one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Japan. Boiling steam comes up from the mountain to create an atmosphere that looks like hell, but there have been workers here everyday to create Onsen (hot spring water), which is a synonym for heaven to Japanese people.


Because the stones were there (2016)

When I visited Izumiyama Ceramic Stone Field in Arita, Saga Prefecture, I felt “nature is the source of everything.” Its breathtaking landscape told me that a small porcelain we use casually is even a piece of the majestic nature.

In 1616, Japan’s first porcelain was fired in Arita, because pottery stones had found here in Izumiyama. Since then Arita has molded an important history of the Japanese craftsmanship. I am introducing the remarkable landscape which is the origin of its history.

 

佐賀県・有田町の泉山磁石場を訪れた時、「人間は自然に生かされている」と息を呑みました。山が削り取られ、岩が剥き出しになった風景。それは、普段何気なく使っている小さな磁器が雄大な自然の欠片である、ということを強く物語っていました。

1616年、この泉山に陶石が発見されたから、日本最初の磁器が有田で始まったそうです。400年続く人間の営みの根源である、雄大な泉山の風景をおさめました。