We are pleased to announce details of the book Semimaru by Atsushi Fujiwara, published by Sokyusha.


Shiga Japan. It is the place I lived from primary school to my
 mid-twenties, where my parents, siblings and childhood friends continue
 to live, and is unquestionably the place I would still call home.
 Despite having lived eleswhere for more than half of my life now, “home”
 remains an object of longing while retaining a troublesome, at times 
intractable resonance, and continues to ensnare me.

Semimaru is a piece from Japanese classical Noh theatre.

The prince Semimaru, exiled to Osaka Mountain by his father, Emperor
 Engi because he is blind, encounters his sister Sakagami who is
 afflicted with a strange illness with her hair standing on end, and they
 lament their misfortunes.

So is this the great divide of Mount Osaka, where strangers and 
 people coming and people going, meet and part ways.   –   Semimaru

Nearing the end of cherry blossom season, the notes of Semimaru’s biwa 
lute echoing in my thoughts, I set out on these walks and wanderings.

Atsushi Fujiwara



Please also read this wonderful review by German art historian Jan-Frederik Rust: Faraway Eyes: A personal introduction to Japanese Photography.

All images copyright Atsushi Fujiwara. All rights reserved.

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