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Yamashita has been visiting the Ryukyu Islands (commonly referred to in the West as the Okinawan islands) since his days as a photography student at Nihon University (Tokyo), and this book collects work done over a 25-year period from 1983 to 2008. Writes Yamashita in the afterword (roughly translated here):
"Different from the color work I have exhibited up to now, these black and white photographs have some kind of unseen force guiding them. With this work I didn't have the intention to introduce Okinawa, or to explain about my trips there. Rather the nature of this work is more akin to prints I made for myself, with no particular feeling about them, prints I would make after retuning from short trips to Okinawa and then put away in a box."
Hardcover, with dustcover. 23.5cm x 20.5cm, 104 pages, 97 b/w plates. Signed by the artist. Afterword in Japanese only. Published by Tosei-sha, 2008.