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Scab /かさぶた

This body of work consists mainly of bark and leaves collected from war-wounded trees existing today in Sumida, Taito, and Koto wards. Some of them had half of their trunks scorched by the flames of the air raids, while others had become smaller over the years, and some were barely visible. In some cases, new leaves and shoots were sprouting from near the charred trunks, which I felt was a sign that the trees were still alive. The burnt bark never regenerated, and it seemed as if time had stood still in that part of the tree, like a "scab" that still retains the memory of the night of the air raid.


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