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Surface /表層

Over the long postwar period, the city of Tokyo has undergone numerous transformations, including two Olympic Games and the period of high economic growth in the 1970s. In the midst of the burnt ruins immediately after the air raids, what remained were survivors, reinforced concrete buildings, and trees. If that time was the "beginning time" of postwar memory, and if the history of the buildings physically accumulated from that time and the unspecified number of people who have lived there can be replaced by the term "layers of memory," then the current Tokyo can be described as a "surface city" built on top of those layers of memory.

Each image was taken at or near the location where incendiary bombs fell during the Tokyo Air Raid. This project began with an understanding of how traces of the past exist on the surface of the city as time changes.




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