As Donald Trump demands 5 Billion dollars to build a wall across the US border with Mexico, I can’t help but think of Photographer Tadashi Ono’s work ‘Coastal Motifs’ that documents a more costly yet less publicized wall project here in Japan. 1 trillion yen (approx 8.8 billion dollars) is being (Literally) poured into a 400km long, 10m high wall in the areas effected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake tsunami. This effectually its the people off from the sea and is happening despite the fact that similar projects, such as the 1.6 billion dollar Kamaishi breakwater (the deepest most expensive breakwater in the world) crumbled under the awesome power of the ocean in 2011.
At a talk event last week Ono told us that only one newspaper in Japan (the Kyoto Shimbun) had featured his work, news and information about the project isn’t something the authorities want
the Japanese public to be talking about. But Ono’s haunting images are currently on view as part of Kyotogrpahie’s satellite event Tokyographie now, check their insta and website for details. Such important photography.
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