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Looking in the dark


Around the ‘Distant Shore*’, as the night wears on, breezes embodying chill swing by as crickets begin chirping, announcing the beginning of fall.

In the darkness, the crimson shadow stands in tranquility. As one drops its gaze to the footpath between fields, there grows a stem, and at the tip one can faintly see its delicate petals. The red magic lily**. Contrary to its vivid red color’s elegance, its ephemeral appearance vanishing into the dark night brings sweet sorrow, inviting one to nostalgia.

The moonlight shining on the bank at midnight, both sharp and graceful, gently illuminates the cosmos and grass. This scenery transforms itself into shaggy jacquard or spangle embroidery, to handmade knits, with the harmony of various materials and craftsmanship.

The growing sense of nostalgia from the landscape seen on an autumn night in Nagano, crosses paths with one's modern eyes. And laying between them, they are created into fabric, beginning its new story.

*’Distant Shore’, or Higan, is a Buddhist holiday exclusively celebrated by the Japanese sects for seven days; three days before and after both the Spring Equinox and Autumnal Equinox.

**Lycoris Radiata

Photography: /Maiko Kurogouchi / Words & Edit: Runa Anzai (kontakt) /Translation: Shimon Miyamoto