One day, when my father skipped work and went to play pachinko, my mother was working at home. She was sewing bags with a sewing machine. Sewing bags for Sesame Street. That day, Dad’s boss at work called the house.
When the boss asked, “Do you have a husband at home?” Mom answered, “No.” Mom thought that was strange and went to a nearby pachinko parlor to look for him.
Dad was playing pachinko there.
Mom found him and sat down next to him. She picked up a pachinko ball from his pachinko stand and began to play with it.
“Stop it, please stop it,” I think he thought.
Dad kept his mouth shut.
The quietness that comes to a busy pachinko parlor.
Afterward, he got angry with Mom, “Why did you tell my boss at work about this?”
“I don’t know,” she said.
I think she is right.
July. I’m sitting in my father’s study, listening to the sound of heavy rain, reminiscing about the events of those days, more than twenty-five years ago.
I’m sure the Sesame Street bag will remind me of those days. Of those days. And I will realize that my parents have helped me grow up to be a somewhat decent adult.
I often think about this bag. I am often reminded of or encouraged by it.
Maybe I should put that bag on the wall of my room.
If I can find the bag from those days.
Photo from 「Self Portrait」 (taken on December 27, 1996)
A day when it stopped raining quietly
I stand up in the sauna
Sit down, arms crossed
White smoke billows up
Putting aside a wet hand towel
I look around with a wandering glance
And pulls his head back into the bathtub
The red face though he doesn’t drink
Small, round, beautiful
I look at the beautiful bubbles
I vaguely remember
The open-air bath with shimmering willows
A boy bathes without a word
Soaking in the bath with his father
His son’s hair glistened wetly
And a smile on his face
Photo from 『Gujo June 27, 2018』
Every time I close my eye, I think of the harbor of Imizu City. And the waves.
I look at the word “NAVIO” (ship) in Portuguese, then look up the dictionary again.
As I take notes, I realize that I don’t know the word for bridge is “PONTE.”
I had never looked it up before.
I thought about it for a while and then went to work.
The camera was an old digital camera.
It was small and black.
I had a felt strap around my neck, and it was securely attached to my chest.
I stood on the Tenmon Bridge in the Fugan Canal Kansui Park,
captured the ship in my viewfinder, and pressed the shutter with one hand.
Then I check the picture.
I watched it from the window for a long time.
What do you think? Did you like it?
I think I did a good job.
But, well, to be honest, it’s not that difficult to take landscape photos.
It’s a different story when the weather is terrible, but I don’t go outside then.
I do what I can inside my house.
You know, things like making coffee.
It was the morning of August 17. When I arrived at Toyama Bay, it was raining.
I was holding the umbrella tightly with one hand. But I love shooting on rainy days.
That’s much I can say.
There is a roadside station called “Amaharashi.”
You guys haven’t been there yet, have you?
It looks like a roadside station. It’s not like that.
There is a terrace outside the restaurant from which you can see Toyama Bay.
You can wander around there and take as many pictures as you like.
I like “Roadside Station Amaharashi.”
If I could live my life over again, I would visit a roadside station more.
I think this will be the last time I see Toyama Bay in this world.
Taking videos and taking pictures is not productive. However, I feel that a wave of commercialism has somehow arrived somewhere along the way. At the very least, I would like to take photos and videos for pleasure without profit or loss.
And I want to look again through a lens of cameras at what I can see with my own eyes because I want to see what I have seen again. Perhaps it is simple curiosity. Or I have a faint hope that I might be able to see something else in the photograph than what I saw with my own eyes.
The video『Music Work [Sep. 19, 2022] 』is created by Yasuharu Nagura.
The video『Music Practice [Sep. 16, 2022] 』is created by Yasuharu Nagura.
① Shin Seto Station
② Local Train
③ Seto River
④ Ginza Tori Shopping Street
⑤ In front of Fukagawa Shrine
⑥ Fukagawa Shrine Tori Gate
⑦ Fukagawa Shrine
⑧ Seto Ceramic and Glass Art Center
I visited Seto City, Aichi Prefecture on Sunday, October 16, 2022.
Theme: Early Summer, 2022
① When the wind chime rang
On the porch, he was hanging
A new bamboo blind
② Reeds, thatch, and bulrush
And rusty water fills them
Certain places were bright
③ In the paddy fields
Weaving in and out between them
The two of us walked
p.s. These works were created on July 14, 2022.
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