Central East Tokyo 2023

someone put it

You've probably seen Morishio placed in front of restaurants and small restaurants. As you know, it is an ancient custom of forming salt, which means purification, into the shape of a cone or polygonal pyramid and placing it at the eaves or entrance. As you know, it is set for warding off evil spirits and fighting them. But I have heard that some people view such spells differently.

The specific people are the regular husbands and customers who frequent the store; for them, the morishio serves as a device to remind them of the store's owner and staff. Because salt is easily blown away by rain and wind, a beautifully shaped salt object expresses someone's hard work. Morishio, full of human presence, is a device that makes the customers who are good at it think, "Madam, you are doing well today," from there, they say, "I have to show my face again." he says, making him conscious of returning to the store.

What appears in this photo is a flowerpot that someone has placed there. Although it has no magical meaning, plants placed in open areas outside buildings will inevitably catch the attention of passersby. It is hard to imagine who that "someone" is; even the person who placed the plants may not be aware that they are being looked at just because they like plants. Still, when you look at the unique arrangement of the plants and the way they are selected, you get the feeling that the inside of the building, which you can never see, is starting to seep out. In traditional Japanese houses, privacy is separated by paper doors, which don't even have locks. The ambiguous relationship between inside and outside is rising from a roadside flowerpot.

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photographer. Born in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1981.
While shooting portraits and still life in a wide range of commercial photography areas such as books, advertisements, and web, he continues to produce works with the theme of "city" and "digital photography" itself. He is a Sagittarius type A.

Etoile Kaito Showroom Building 1F
7-2, Nihonbashi Yokoyama-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

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