Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? -White Chapel-


2014–2015
Resin, HD video, photographs


In this work, the shelter incorporates a wedding chapel of a type seen in Japan. Such chapels seem at first glance like religious facilities, but there is no worship other than weddings. Although only about 1% of Japanese are Christians, 60% of weddings in Japan are held in Christian style. A lot of chapels are constructed for those weddings, and they often appear suddenly in the middle of cities. The chapels are built with mixtures of many styles—Gothic, Romanesque, etc.—without any fundamental relation between them. The outsides of almost all these chapels are white. Architectural details of the sides and back are drastically omitted to fit into the site, and they are often surrounded by utility lines. Furthermore, they tend have parking space in the basement.

When I visit Western countries, I sometimes notice architecture, habits, foods, etc. that may well be the original forms of things that were borrowed and transformed into local styles in Japan. And I ask myself if my homeland is a simulacrum of the Western world. For me, the imitations, or more accurately, reproductions and rearrangements of Western-style architecture seem to portray a postcolonial Japanese identity.


  • Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? -White Chapel-
  • Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? -White Chapel-
  • Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? -White Chapel-
  • Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? -White Chapel-
  • Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? -White Chapel-
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