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Title :Akina : An Ecocultural Portrait of an Island Community through the Photographic Lens of Futoshi Hamada
Authors :Papoutsaki, Evangelia
Kuwahara, Sueo
Issue Date :31-Mar-2021
Abstract :In this photo essay, we take you on a visual journey to Akina Village in Amami Ōshima, Japan, through the work of Futoshi Hamada, an award-winning island photographer and ecologist. Based on the artist’s Mura (2001) photographic work that documented the natural cycle of the village’s rice cultivation and the harvest festivals associated with it, we aim to explore the concept of the island’s ecocultural identity as it manifests through the artist’s and the community’s unique connection with the island nature and culture. As Akina is the last remaining village on the island where rice cultivation is still taking place, and linked to the harvest festivals, the visual documentation of these practices provides us a rare glimpse into what was once an integral part of Amami’s natural, socio-cultural, and spiritual/animistic islandscape before sugarcane was imposed on the islanders by mainland Japanese agricultural interventions and impositions.
Type Local :雑誌掲載論文
ISSN :2435-3302
Publisher :Research Institute for Islands and Sustainability
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12000/48047
Citation :Okinawan Journal of Island Studies Vol.2 p.11 -64
Appears in Collections:Vol.2(2021/03)

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