It starts with cherry blossoms, covering several pages, as if to get the cliché over with right from the start. Then, very quickly, this trip to Japan reveals celebrations, food, work, childhood and death.
There is no text, just juxtaposed images, sometimes put together like a sequence. Photographer Andri Pol took the time to immerse himself in Tokyo, Hokkaido and Hiroshima. Workers walk past the homeless and their ramshackle yet tidy shacks; an inflatable doll factory precedes some tattooed yakuza and a smiling, serene boss. Andri Pol works as a documentary maker, scrutinizing this real Japan with its uniforms and whimsical dress, tradition and technology. The book was published in 2010 and is currently out of print.
"Where is Japan", by Andri Pol, published by Steidl, 2010, 320 p.
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