Yukari Chikura Photobook “ZAIDO” STEIDL edition , RPS special order available now!
After four years, ZAIDO, a book of photographs associated with Yukari Chikura, has been just published by Steidl, and to celebrate the publication, RPS is offering a limited edition of 18 copies with special offers.
The book have been developed through RPS mentorship of the project and are among the eight titles that have won the Steidl Book Awards, a photography book award organized by the Singapore International Photography Festival in 2016.
ZAIDO ( For my deceased father…)
Nothing had prepared me for my father’s death. He was taken by a blood cancer before the family knew he was seriously ill. After his sudden death, I had a two big accidents and suffered serious injuries to my face and legs.
They seemed fatal, but I somehow managed to escape death. The process of recovery was slow and just as me and my family were about to return to our daily lives, the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck.
The whole of Japan was shaken, feeling unimaginable despair. All hope seemed lost in one single moment.
As if nightmares appearing one after the other, these new realities bruised my body and soul, leaving me feeling as if I had taken a severe beating. With no strength left whatsoever, I found it hard to even get out of bed in the morning.
On one such day, my deceased father came to me in a dream and said, “Go to the village hidden in deep snow where I lived a long time ago”. I followed my father’s instructions and arrived at a dream place, covered with deep snow.
There, an ancient 1300-year old shrine ritual called “ZAIDO” was being performed.
During the 1300 years of its existence, there are said to have been times when it had a difficulty surviving. It is a beautiful, but harsh ritual. Before it, the noshu (performers) are required to undertake a very strict purification. In the longest documented cases, some of these noshu are known to have gone through 48-day long periods of complete abstinence.
From our modern society’s viewpoint, shojinkessai (self-purification) seems like a very hard thing to do.
Japan is a country surrounded by sea from all sides. That is why, a specific way of life and culture, unlike that of any other country, exist here. This, however, is not the only difference between Japan and the rest of the world. Sadly, natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons, and volcanic eruptions are also much a part of the Japanese everyday life. These days, I fear that the culture that has been preserved and passed down from generation to generation through many sacrifices, is sadly starting to disappear. And yet, regardless of how many hardships they have to endure, how many times they have to fall down and get back up, there still exist people who are willing to continue protecting it. It is through their dedication and the great impact it left, and continues to leave, on me that I am able to find a meaning to life again.
I would like to express my greatest respect for the villagers’ love and enthusiasm for the local community, as well as my gratitude to the people of the community who treated me like family, as well as to my father, watching from Heaven.
[ Book Specifications ]
Yukari Chikura’s artist book ZAIDO
Number of pages : 164 pages
Size : 35 x 23.2 cm
Published in July 2020
RPS special edition: 18 copies (all signed)
RPS benefits include: an original tote bag silkscreened by the artist (*image below)
Price with shipping: 14,700 yen (Asia) ,15,500 yen (Oceania, North America, Central America, Middle East, Europe) 16,500 yen (South America, Africa) Consumption tax and postage included, and will be shipped by Japan Post’s international air freight service.
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