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Proudly Made in Saitama, Japan
A circle drawn on a map. Centered on a specific point in a city park, the circle has a radius of a thousand meters and covers an area of 3.14 km2. Contained in that circle are shrines and temples, a train station, restaurants and supermarkets, schools and daycares, and at least twenty thousand people.
A Thousand-Meter Radius, my personal project for 2022 and 2023, aims to study this area in depth and bring you stories about this place, its history, and its people.
This project is grounded in my long-standing belief that everything is interesting if you give it the chance to be. I believe that the ordinary details of the world have volumes to tell us if we listen carefully and allow them to speak in their own voices.
This project’s area of concern is quite average, in the sense that it is fairly representative of what you would find throughout most of the Tokyo metropolitan area. And, while it’s a nice place to live, it’s not a place you’ll find in tourism brochures. It’s a perfectly ordinary place, and the interesting thing about ordinary places is that, just like anywhere else, if you look for the things that make them special, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Every place is ordinary, and every place is special.
My aim here is to illustrate what I mean through stories, photo essays, and so-on that uncover the all the wonderful things about this completely ordinary place.
I am starting this project with it deliberately loosely framed. I expect the project to take shape largely on its own, guided by what I find in my explorations, the people I meet, and what my research uncovers along the way.
And as the project gains clarity and direction, I will update this page accordingly.