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Sam hails from Tasmania, Australia and currently lives and works in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Sam has been involved with a variety of fine arts related projects and events in Australia and Japan and particularly enjoys the diverse photogenic subject matter in Japan.If you are interested in viewing more of his works please visit one of the following internet addresses. Domestic and international sales available.

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オーストラリア・タスマニア州出身。愛知県在住。日本とオーストラリアで、数々の芸術プロジェクトに参加。「外国人から見た日本」をテーマに写真を撮り続けている。

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Who`s forgotten Tohoku? / Sam Ryan

2013.03.18 | カテゴリー : 新着情報 | 投稿者名 :

It seems like the answer to this question is that many people have, consciously those who gained in the short term through political discourse, but the majority unconsciously. Tohoku the wasteland, the bitter north, Japan`s rice bowl, always and still a secondary thought, a region of shrinking youth and derelict houses and in the past a place to disappear or be exiled.

 

Praise to the individuals, NGO`s and others who have done their part to prop up the region after the earthquake. There is now more reason to go back and support the local economy so that although Tohoku may be yesterday’s news, it doesn’t become a place for yesterday’s people.

 

 

In the summer before the Tohoku earthquake I spent ten days travelling down from Iwate, through the Tohoku region and down to Fukushima. It was a great experience, beautiful green hills and fabulous hot springs. It was at the height of summer and many people had told me that the region is cooler than central Japan where I live, but I didn`t find it to be so. This was ok though, if I was to choose one place to spend part of the summer, away from concrete and buildings, I don’t think I made a bad choice.

 

This photo was taken around the foreshore area in Matsushima bay, according to Hayashi Gaho, one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, the others been Itsukushima near Hiroshima and Amanohashidate near Kyoto. I believe it captures some of the essence of summer, but also the melancholic feel of Northern Japan. Well worth a visit, and now even more justified.

 

 

 


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