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