Everyone sees beauty subjectively. How we see and respond to it relies on numerous factors. Beauty is not restricted to what can be seen or perceptible to our five senses.

Before my first visit to Mt.Fuji, I, like others, expected nothing but to be inspired only by its beauty, yet it is human nature that we are easily attracted to perfect things. Hence I chose to experience Fuji-san in a humble way and embedded myself within the places where most of the time Fuji-san was unseen.

Basho, a 17th Century poet wrote ‘Rain obscures the scene, but fuji still exerts a charm, Even when unseen.’

While I was exploring the unfamiliar roads in Fujiyoshida and Fujikawaguchiko town, I started to sense how elusive the peak was, its strength, form and beauty often hidden behind mists and clouds. Within those lonely roads, there were periods of clarity and beauty whenever I encountered the rare views of Fuji-san, unseen in any publications.

This series represents my personal encounter with the life around Mount Fuji. I learnt that we can only see beauty and flaw ‘dance’ together, like a symphony; a harmony between what is mortal and immortal. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

(Commissioned Assignment for KLEE INC PARIS TOKYO and KLPA)

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