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Immigrant Birds #1
Immigrant Birds #2
Immigrant Birds #3



 

H25.8cmxW25.8cmxD6.4cm (each)

Plexiglass, wood, Paper, Silkscreen Print on Plexiglass

Venue: Prime Yokohama-Idogaya

            (permanent installation)

2023

Photo : Sachiko Inoue

In Yokohama, which opened as a trading port, the textile printing and dyeing industry developed greatly, partly due to the rapid growth of the raw silk market. The Ooka River played a major role in this development. Craftsmen used to wash their fabric in the Ooka River to remove excess dye and paste, and the river was repeatedly dyed in vivid artificial colors such as red and blue.
When the textile printing industry was developing in Yokohama, there were well over 100 industries in this area, but now there are only a few.
The topography ties the story of the past to the present day.
The Ooka River, which has regained its original color, is still there. Cherry Blossom trees line the riverbanks, and a variety of birds, fish, turtles, and other animals live there. People have begun to carefully protect the nature that remains in the city, and a peaceful daily landscape has grown up there.

 

貿易港として開港した横浜では、生糸市場の急成長もあり、捺染・染色産業が大きく発展した。その発展に大きな役割を果たしたのが大岡川である。職人たちは余分な染料や糊を落とすために大岡川で布を洗い、赤や青など鮮やかな人工染料で繰り返し染めた。横浜で捺染産業が発展していた当時、この地域には100を超える産業があったが、これまでに数えるほどしかない。地形が過去の物語と現代を結びつけている。本来の色を取り戻した大岡川。川岸には桜の木が立ち並び、さまざまな鳥や魚、亀などが生息している。人々は街に残る自然を大切に守り始め、そこには穏やかな日常の風景が育っている。

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