《 KATSURA HITO 》 Marjolein van der Loo / ノーマル製本
《 KATSURA HITO 》 Marjolein van der Loo / ノーマル製本

《 KATSURA HITO 》 Marjolein van der Loo / ノーマル製本

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著者 : マリョライン・ファン・デル・ロー / Marjolein van der Loo

発行 :  Hand Saw Press, Tokyo

ページ数 : 112p

サイズ : 180mm×130mm

発行年 : 2022年

言語 : 日 / 英



The publication introduces the Katsura tree as a point of departure to map a rich ecology of relations and experiences with materials (recipes, exercises, and images) that accompany stories—fictional and “factual”—of a multi-sensorial experience of the fall season.
The writing questions modern/colonial binaries like east and west, nature and culture, fact and fiction, higher and lower senses, and the human and non-human. It calls readers to exercise awareness of their environments and imagine along with them.
The Katsura tree is an elemental spirit of the Japanese landscape in the fall season. As the transformation of the Katsura’s colored leaves and their enchanting sweet scent changes the sensorial experience of their environment, they remind us of our connection to the seasons. The tree’s embeddedness in Japanese folklore and traditional storytelling leads us to a yokai supernatural spirit, legend, and gardener: Katsura-Otoko, or, in Chinese, Wu Gang. His efforts in pruning the Katsura tree on the moon to cause lunar cycles connects cosmology to ecology as a natural part of our earthly existence. The story’s premise serves as an inspiration and starting point for this book.

Book by Marjolein van der Loo
Design by Yannick Nuss
Published by Hand Saw Press, Tokyo