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Joshua R. Weitzel


I was in search for beautiful destroyed objects in Kyoto and found this at the Enma-Do near Daitokuji. I want to make it a series, this beeing nr. 1 of „destroyed Kyoto“, widening to „destroyed Japan“ and other countries.



Mimizuka is a place that is unknown by most tourists and most Japanese. Despite its horrible history of being the grave of several ten thousands of Korean noses, it is also a beautiful monument in a way. As life in Japan is always a confrontation with paradoxes, Mimizuka could be a symbol for the paradoxity of Japan, and should be wider acknowledged by the people. It also marks the first step in Japanese-Korean mutual hatred, and Hiodeyoshi Toyotomis invasion in Korea was maybe the first step to the annexation of Chosen. Why is it so difficult for Japan to see, that the still ongoing praising of the war and denial of the past causes difficulties with its neighbours.

だいたい日本人と日本に行くツリストはみみずかをしりません。惨たらしい歴史ですけど、 美しい所だと思います。 日本の生活は逆説的で、みみずかはその逆説的のシンボルで、もっと多く人がみみずかを知ればいいとおもいます。 それでも、みみずかの基本は韓和お互い憎さのはじめです。未来で、日本と隣の国は本当の平和をできればいいと思います。


This work depicts a shamisen with broken skin, set on a cussion and involving the bachi (the shamisens plectrum) in way it resembles to a seppuku scene. I was inspired both by the fact, that traditional instrumental music in Japan is more and more being forgotten, whereas other traditional cultural heritages are well preserved, as well as being confronted by an immense amount of broken shamisens while searching yahoo-auctions in search for an instrument. The Japanese are well-preserving their culture, but on the other hand destroying themselves, not only culturally, but also economically and politically.
I was helped by with the fotoshop, the picture was taken in the art space Shimimurasaki.

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