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Kagayaku yoru (Shining Night)


In drawing the theme for this exhibition, ‘hometown’, I thought of lots of different things, but as somebody who was born and raised in Tokyo, I have no image of a rural hometown. Instead I decided to base my picture on the story of the Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter’, which is said to be the oldest story in Japan, and which describes how a princess has to return to her home in the moon.
Although it is basically a story about returning to the moon, the Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter’ can be described as novel about a beautiful young girl who came down from the moon and I felt that in this respect it had a lot in common with the current moe boom.
In addition, I think that all Japanese people have nostalgic feelings about the moon.
suzuhira_hiro yukata

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