The Repairing Earthquake project is an art project dealing with the extensive natural disaster called the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, which took place in Japan in March 2011. I undertook the attempt of finding things at the disaster area that had been destroyed in the tsunami, and returning them to their original state. While interacting with all sorts of people through the action of repairing, I faced the mind-stopping wonder of nature, and the people who had the trial of this personal experience.
The contents of this book cover the first phase of this project. The first phase represents my activities from September to 6 November 2011. I observed the state of the area struck by the disaster, and collected broken things; inside the Satellite-studio of the ARCUS Project IBARAKI in the Yokohama Triennale 2011 related program “Shin Minatomura BankART Life III”, I publicly performed the work of repairing the collected items. I finished the period and as time passed, sensed that my memories of the disaster area were already beginning to fade. So that I would not forget my experience there, so that I would remember, I decided to write down my experiences, and, from these and the photographs I had been taking, to create a book. I want to continue this project over a longer period of time, and share with others the experience of watching over the ever-changing disaster-struck area and the difficulties of its people, within the area and without, within Japan and without, regardless.
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