COASTAL MOTIFS, 2017-2018 (#9183, Ofunato, Iwate-prefecture) © Tadashi Ono / Villa Kujoyama
COASTAL MOTIFS, 2017-2018 (#1429, Kesennuma, Miyagi-prefecture) © Tadashi Ono / Villa Kujoyama
COASTAL MOTIFS, 2017-2018 (#9547, Miyako, Iwate-prefecture) © Tadashi Ono / Villa Kujoyama
Tadashi Ono (b. 1960, Tokyo), based in Paris and Arles, returned last summer to the disaster-struck areas of northeastern Japan he photographed in 2011–12, only to find a trillion-yen, 400-km, 10-meter-high seawall being built down the coast of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. Standing before the Japanese polity's massive response to the forces of nature unleashed by the largest and most deadly tsunami on record, he was 'shocked to see Japan trying to cut off habitable areas from their own nurturing environment and block out all view of the sea'. Ono's new series questions the future of 'scenic Japan' wrought by this 'recovery' strategy.