Installation 「Island」










映像: 瀬居島 (2019年)尾道吉和 (2019年)牛が首 (2019年)その島へ(2020年)
資料:能地・二窓移住、寄留地図 『家船緊急調査書 (広島県教育委員会 1970年 より)』

Installation of video,photograph,folklore document and tools.
Video:SEIJIMA(2019) ONOMICHIYOSHIWA(2019)USHIGAKUBIJIMA(2019)To island(2020)
Tools:Longline fishing gear.
Folklore document:Immigration and sojourn map of NOUJI and FUTAMADO
  『Emergency Survey Report on Home Ships” (Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education, 1970)』
Text: Island (A story written by artist based on interviews with islanders and shi's real life.)
Installation exhibition venue: KAIR(Kamiyama Artist in redience).

「 Island 」


We don't know how long ago, but there were people living on that island.


They live on the western beaches, move from one good fishing area to another, anchor in the same place for several days,
catch fish, exchange the fish for rice and vegetables with people on land, and then move on to the next fishing area.
After doing this over and over again, they arrived at this island.


On the island they grew rice and vegetables in fields. They raised cows, pigs, and chickens, as well as sheep for their wool,
and shared seasonal fruits from the fruit trees they planted. They made most of the things they needed to survive, including food and tools.
They earned money by cultivating mandarin oranges recommended by the agricultural cooperative in the town on the opposite coast and shipping them to the other side of the island.
There was only one daily necessities store in front of the port, and islanders and others not only bought stationery and sweets, but also rented phones. When they boarded the ship, they stopped by and talked with the shopkeeper about various things.
People who live on nearby islands often come to this island to visit their relatives' graves, babysit, collect firewood, and return home.



On that island, there is a statue of Nirvana carved into a large rock. People called it the 「NEZOU(Sleeping Statue)」
One day, a man from a town on the opposite shore settled on this island. The man began carving the head of the 「NEZOU」 It was not that unusual for people who had crossed over to settle on the islands around here. The people of the island affectionately called the man by his name.



Behind the「NEZOU」is a spring filled with clear, deep green water. The water in the spring was always warm,
so the children called 「ONSEN」and warmed up there after playing in the sea.
Children went to school in a town on the opposite shore by small boat. When they reached high school,
they lived in a boarding house in the city and only returned to the island for big holidays.


Eventually, a large smelter was built on the opposite island, and many young people from the island chose to work at the smelter because they were told that they would be given priority over people from surrounding islands and would be given good wages.
Some fishermen changed their jobs to ships that transported the copper produced at the smelter to Osaka.
Around that time, they began collecting a lot of sand from the sea to build a large bridge. Around the same time, fewer fishermen because they could no longer catch the fish they used to catch.


Eventually, the young people on the island disappeared. As the number of passengers on liner ships decreased, liner ships were discontinued.
Once the children left the island, they started working in the city even after leaving school. Eventually, even after they grow up, they get married and start a family in the city.
The remaining elderly people still managed to maintain a comfortable life on the island with their own efforts. However, the hospital that was located right next to the city's port has been moved to the center of town, making it no longer accessible from the island.
Most of the elderly people on the island have left the island. Because I had no choice but to go to my children in the town on the other side or enter a nursing home.


However, an old fisherman remained healthy, so he continued fishing and lived with his cat.
However, with only one person left on the island, it became impossible to conduct electricity. For that reason, he also decided to go with the cat to his daughter on the opposite island.



The fields of the island, where there were no people left, were covered with plants, and birds and animals picked up the fruits of the fruit trees planted by the people, and the seeds were carried around and various trees began to grow.


The soil accumulated the dung and carcasses of animals, the trees grew stronger, and more and more creatures came together in search of the fruits.


The springs that the children called 「ONSEN」 still have clear green, warm water, the reclining Buddha is still uncarved,
and the area is surrounded by trees and mountains.

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