I felt that something brought me to Yokosuka. Yokosuka used to be a fisherman’s village, where the Black Ships visited, where shipyards, bunkers, and batteries were built. This land with a long history has been the landing points via ocean to bring new histories to this country.
After the WWII, this land is shared with the foreign people brought by the US Navy, although, the native folks continues their life style by fishing and farming. When Japanese Imperial Navy took over some of the land from the local people in the past during the war, they relocated the shrines, and moved symbolic guardian stone images to safe places to continue worshiping.
After the last war, the batteries turned into ruins, the town diversified, however regardlessly, people simply continue the life they have always known. Many foreigners get to know Japan through Yokosuka. Yokosuka is a very unique city, and so here I am, continue capturing it.
She was born in Tokyo in 1955. She went to the United States as a high school exchange student in 1974. After living there for 20 years, she came back to Japan in 1995. In June of 2013, she encountered a photo that moved her so much that she decided to pick up a camera and has started to actively capture scenery and people. Yokosuka Blue first edition was published (accordion style book) in 2015, and Cape Kannon to follow in 2016. In 2017, she won the Ken Domon Cultural Award which is one of the most prestigious awards given to an amateur photographer in Japan.
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