A blast furnace, which is the main facility in the steel-making factory, is compared to a mother’s womb. All of the Japanese workers say “Iron has life”. I documented the succession of their skills to make the beautiful steel.
Hands to a Mass
The automobile represents Japanese industry. Dies do supply thousands of their parts precisely. Steel sheets continuously turn to be same auto parts by die press. In die-maker factory, the engineers seem to treat the materials like living things.
Touch the forest, touched by the forest.
This is a document about the relation between human beings and nature in the Japanese medical facility. Most of the mental hospitals are strictly closed. I covered a hospital trying to be open in the forest.
A woman meets a shrine.
This woman is German and temporarily worked at a shrine. Japan has its own sense of beauty, expressed through its posture and gestures. Beauty in Japan is not dependent on race. She shows it.
Japanese people take care their property. It is based on the traditional idea that all of the things have their spirit. Especially elder people believe it. We can understand the property has the memories of their life.
Aging, so what?
Dementia is not an object to be resisted, but an existence to be accepted. Those who have dementia can live freely. I am watching the aging of the people and the structures in Japan.