For nearly a decade, I have been photographing seaside landscapes and people by the sea all over Japan. Since a tremendous Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan in March 2011, I have traveled along the coastline in Tohoku region, and continues to take photographs of coastal landscapes and people there as a part of daily life, albeit seriously disrupted by the disaster. I walk on the seaside where aftermath of the disaster is still clearly visible, with debris scattered all over the place and scraped-away sandy shore, to keep record of the disaster’s traces.
In Japan, there still exists a belief that god comes from beyond the sea. But so does a giant Tsunami. Photographs allow us to keep our eye on the changing relationship between people and their land, and have the power to grab our attention again and again, until a day comes when those photographic records are turned into memories of stories which are interpreted in a totally new light.