Connected to Something
Connected to something 2014
At the foot of Japan’s symbol, Mt. Fuji, lays a vast forest called Jukai (Sea of Trees).
It's rumored that once you enter the forest you lose a sense of direction and can't fin d a way out. The forest is also well-known suicide spot. Those who are lost deep inside,set off for the final destination—death.
Wandering among thick trees many of them ask themselves whether they should go on or return.There are many ropes on the ground left by those who had thought of turning back.
We followed those ropes leading somewhere deep in the forest in hope they'd guide us to someone as in "hide-and-seek."
Hide-and-seek is a common children's game in Japan. One calls out "Are you ready?"
while others are hiding. They answer "I’m ready" if they are, or "Not yet" if not.
People waver between life and death in the forest, as if in "hide-and-seek." Calling out "Are you ready," we headed towards the heart of the forest. Deep in the forest we'd wait for an answer.
奥へ奥へとつながるヒモを辿りながら、 隠れてしまった彼らを呼び続けます。 「もういいかーい？」