KIPUKA

KIPUKA

Ai IWANE

Publisher: Seigensha

In her latest photobook, Japanese artist Ai Iwane explores the ties between a special aspect of Japanese Hawaiian culture and its roots in Fukushima prefecture: the o-bon, a festival for honoring one’s ancestors. A particular song played during the Hawaiian bon festival, the “Fukushima Ondo,” stems from the area of Fukushima which was devastated by the 2011 disasters.
Through a brilliant combination of portraits, landscapes and moody detail shots, Iwane manages to tell a story of uprootedness and connection.

“A century has passed since that song was brought from Fukushima to Hawaii,
exiled from the hometown that it shares with the refugees.

— KIPUKA

The Hawaiian term refers to a place surrounded by the burnt-out traces of lava flow;
a place where plants grow and spread the seeds of new life.
This is the idea that I resorted to time and again during my travels between Hawaii and Fukushima.”

— from Ai Iwane’s afterword

Keywords: Kimura Ihei Award
Book Size
303 × 225 mm
Pages
168 pages
Binding
Hardcover
Publication Date
2018
Language
Japanese
ISBN
978-4-86152-718-0 C0072

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