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The gallery will be welcoming Takeshi Tokitsu to talk about his works.
In his 1953 film “Tokyo Story”, Japanese film director Yasujiro Ozu portrays
how family relationships change and the distance grows between an elderly
couple living in the countryside and their children who have built their own
families in the city, alongside the urbanization that took place from Japan’s
postwar reconstruction to its years of rapid economic growth. Thirty years
later, in 1983, yet another Japanese film director by the name of Yoshimitsu
Morita comically depicted family life around the dinner table in Tokyo, in his
“The Family Game”.
Fast-track some 30 years forward from that and, affront societal and lifestyle
changes -- changing workplace environments and women stepping out into
the world, widening social immobility and poverty gap, 24-hour convenient
stores and a growing food-service industry that make living alone easier,
expanding and penetrating online shopping, etc. -- the buzzwords ohitorisama
and soroju (both meaning “to live alone”) have been coined because of the
rising number of people who put off marriage or forego it entirely to lead a
Twenty years from now, more than half of the people living in Tokyo, where
the population continues to overconcentrate, will hail from single-person
households, as the number of persons living alone will reach 40% after
factoring in the death by old age of one spouse and divorces with all of the
unwed persons and those putting off marriage. Amidst a decline in blood-tied
families, there will be an increase in “pseudo-families” formed by rooming
with others and group living arrangements. How did these two directors
portray the “family” in a world where the “age of the nuclear family” has
passed and the “age of the ohitorisama” has come?
Opposite to the depopulation trend that is afflicting rural areas, the
megalopolis that is Tokyo continues to swell and transform like an organism as
it swallows up more and more people like a blackhole. As time goes by, the
homes that once housed “parents and children” will be vacated and
single-people will congregate in communal housing as if assigned to
This exhibition captures Tokyo today where more and more people are
choosing to forgo or put off marriage in order to live alone, through the
single-persons and their dwellings that, behind the cold concrete façade,
continue to grow like cells that form a city.
Born in Nagasaki City in 1976. Went to work for The Asahi Shimbun Company after graduating from the Faculty of Law at Tokyo
Metropolitan University. After stints in the Publishing & Photography departments, Editorial office for Asahi Shimbun Weekly AERA, was
assigned to his current post in the Image News department. Received the Japan Magazine Photographers Association Award in 2011.
Staged his “Days Fukushima” exhibition in 2012 at the Ginza and Osaka Nikon Salons.