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Hiroyuki Ito

Okinawa. 2016. Credit: Hiroyuki Ito

Okinawa. 2016.

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In the summer of 2015, the NY-based photographer Hiroyuki Ito set out to travel around his home country. The Japan he saw was full of contradictions: it was ancient and modern, western and eastern, democratic and feudal, peaceful and anarchic, sacred and profane, anonymous and unique, just to name a few. It has a pretty complex character with a lot of charm, and a lot of issues. Opposing forces create dynamic tensions that drive you crazy and keep you going. Where is it going? He doesn’t know. But the country is forever moving forward and his job is to document its endlessly fascinating paradoxes.