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Since the Edo period, the Sumida River has attracted crowds of people who come to enjoy party underneath cherry blossoms, fireworks, and view the moon.
But in addition to serving as a place of recreation, the river also marked the border between the two countries of Musashi-no-kuni and Shimousa-no-kuni.
Evoking this role of a boundary, the river is now brought together and split apart by the Ship of the Zipper.
As it makes ripples while moving forward on the surface of the water, which it utilizes as a canvas, this work seems to symbolize the opening of the Earth itself and the potential of a new future for the river, bringing smiles to crowds of observers who watch from shore.
Yasuhiro Suzuki, who graduated from the Faculty of Design at Tokyo Zokei University, is a visiting researcher at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo and an associate professor at the Department of Scenography,
Space and Pattern Design at Musashino Art University.
He draws inspiration from everyday landscapes and familiar objects and has presented numerous works in Japan and overseas that change how people see things.
In addition, he has traveled to cities around the world as a cultural ambassador for the Agency of Cultural Affairs since 2017.
The banks of the river between Azumabashi Bridge and Sakurabashi Bridge
This FY2018 Research Project for Promoting the Basic Policy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games was commissioned by the Cabinet Secretariat Headquarters of Japan for the Promotion of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.