Environmental Art Works in Japan
October 2012 I traveled to the
of the Rising Sun"
Japan and presented my environmental art works in Tokyo and eastern cost
journey to Japan occurred because of the efforts of Sadegh Miri and
kindness of Solymanieh's family, who invited me and also connected me to
the local artists.
The first night I stayed in Tokyo, but Amir (Soleymanieh) took
me to Oiso in the Eastern coast of Japan the next day.
In Oiso we visited some artists in the house of Yasuola Haruhiko. He and
his wife, Yasuda Silvia Miniopaluello, are known Japanese artists.
we went to the Cape Manazuru which is located in the south part of
Kanagawa prefecture. It has excellent view of ocean.
a formation of three rocks extending about 200m out into the ocean off
the point of Cape Manazuru.
The shape is similar to a "Kasa (umbrella)"and
the formation is also known as Kasajima Island. At low tide, you can
walk out to the rocks. There I search for stones and realize some art works.
The forest has many old pine trees which, some of them, are over 300
years old. Near this location, we can see Yugahara
and Atami where there are great hot springs. Manazuru town is also
well known as fish market.
day after Nishimura Hiroyuki and Kayoko took me to the mountain and we
explored the nature.
Foji mountain and this Japanese icon is very similar to Damavand
Mountain in Iran but Damavand is much bigger.
When I came back home I saw Damavand again.
We went by a river named Niizaki. In extension of a long
project, I carved some fish.
My fish in Niizaki river
I also dropped some fish into the Niizaki river
my performance we went to Kusu-Kusu gallery
We had lunch with Nakayama Keiko and Taijro
In the gallery I saw a Shirt showing danger of nuclear power
The atomic bombings of
the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were conducted by the
United States during the final stages of World War II in 1945. The two
events are the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date.
Following a firebombing
campaign that destroyed many Japanese cities, the Allies prepared for a
costly invasion of Japan. The war in Europe ended when Nazi Germany
signed its instrument of surrender on 8 May, but the Pacific War
continued. Together with the United Kingdom and the Republic of China,
the United States called for a surrender of Japan in the Potsdam
Declaration on 26 July 1945, threatening Japan with "prompt and utter
destruction". The Japanese government ignored this ultimatum. American
airmen dropped Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945,
followed by Fat Man over Nagasaki on 9 August.
Within the first two to
four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000ľ166,000
people in Hiroshima and 60,000ľ80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of
the deaths in each city occurring on the first day. The Hiroshima
prefecture health department estimated that, of the people who died on
the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from
falling debris and 10% from other causes. During the following months,
large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and
other injuries, compounded by illness. In a US estimate of the total
immediate and short term cause of death, 15ľ20% died from radiation
sickness, 20ľ30% from burns, and 50ľ60% from other injuries, compounded
by illness. In both cities, most of the dead were civilians, although
Hiroshima had a sizeable garrison.
On 15 August, six days
after the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced its surrender to the
Allies, signing the Instrument of Surrender on 2 September, officially
ending World War II. The bombings led, in part, to post-war Japan's
adopting Three Non-Nuclear Principles, forbidding the nation from
nuclear armament. The role of the bombings in Japan's surrender and
their ethical justification are still debated.
In one of my cylinder seal I used words of "No Nuclear" in both
Japanese and English languages.
The other print of cylinder seal were images of cranes
Cranes in Japanese textiles generally represent longevity and good
fortune. They are most closely associated with Japanese New Year
and wedding ceremonies ľ for example the crane is often woven
into a wedding kimono or obi.
Out of the many shapes, animals and works of art created by
origami (Japanese paper folding), the crane is produced most
often. It is customary within Japanese culture to fold one
thousand paper cranes when making a special wish. Giant
colourful necklaces of cranes are a common sight outside
Japanese shrines and temples.
Sadako Sasaki (
January 7, 1943 ľ October 25, 1955) was a Japanese girl who was two
years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, near her
home by Misasa Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan. Sadako is remembered through
the story of a thousand origami cranes before her death, and is to this
day a symbol of innocent victims of war.
For those in the Western world, one thousand origami paper
cranes have become closely associated with the bombing of
Hiroshima by the Allies in 1945 and the wider issue of world
After few days I traveled to historic city of Kamakura. The city
has a beautiful beach.
Kamakura, I stayed in Nui hostel for few days, where different people
from Japan and other nationality stayed.
this residential place I meet Akiko Kawaguchi.
this residential place I meet Akiko Kawaguchi.
She had Master of Environmental Management
from Yale University and
Bachelor of Science - Biology (Dartmouth College) and here current job
was Environmental, Health and Safety manager for an American
has no doubts about the dangers of Fukushima disaster subsequent to the
devastating earthquake and it's impact on Japan and it's environment. We
are still in touch and she sends me some articles about this subject.
The Fukushima disaster occurred in 2011 after the plant was ravaged
by a devastating tsunami following an earthquake.
The radiation effects from the
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are the observed and
predicted effects resulting from the release of radioactive isotopes
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the
2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Radioactive isotopes were
released from reactor containment vessels as a result of venting to
reduce gaseous pressure, and the discharge of coolant water into the sea. This resulted in Japanese authorities
implementing a 20 km exclusion zone around the power plant, and the
continued displacement of approximately 156,000 people as of early 2013.
Trace quantities of radioactive particles from the incident, including
have since been detected around the world.
As of early 2013, no physical health effects due to radiation have been
observed among the public or Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
According to French newspaper Le Monde, Two years after the disaster at the
Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant in Japan -- called the "worst
accidental release of radiation to the ocean in history" -- a fish
with staggering levels of radiation has reportedly been found in the
vicinity of the plant. It reportedly contained more than
2,500 times the legal limit for radiation in seafood. The find is a stark reminder that
fears of radiation continue to haunt the island nation years after
the nuclear catastrophe rocked Japan's waters.
emergency generators were flooded, causing meltdowns in three reactors.
As radiation spewed into the surrounding waters and atmosphere,
thousands of residents were evacuated and fishing around Fukushima
was stopped. At the time, the government reportedly also "banned
beef, milk, mushrooms and vegetables from being produced" in the
Then in October, Buessler and his colleagues revealed that about
40 percent of the fish caught near the nuclear plant was found to be
contaminated with radioactive caesium above government safety limits.
According to the Guardian, Buesseler warned at the time that Fukushima
be inedible for a decade."
In one of my cylinder I carved fish and print it by the beach.
When I was in Kamakura a Japanese boy and a girl from
Switzerland named Luke Abbot joined me and we visited some
Buddhist and Shinto temple.
There are also many Shinto temple named Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Jinja Shrine. Water play an important role in
Shinto's ritual. In one of the temple I saw Japanese people wash
their money with water. It is believed that if you spend
money that has been washed in the spring water, it will increase
many times and come back to you. The water of the spring inside the cave is supposed to have the power
to multiply the money it comes in contact with. This unique tradition of
coming to wash your coins began in 1257 when Hojo Tokiyori came here and
washed his coins with the spring water, expressing the hope that
they may be doubled. People heard the story, and the tradition
According to the sign at the entrance, Zeniarai Benzaiten was founded in
Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147ľ1199),
first of the
Kamakura shoguns, on the day of the
Snake in the month of the
He was told: ôIn the valley to the northwest, there is a
miraculous spring that gushes out of the rocks. Go there and worship the
gods of Shinto, and peace will come to the people.ö
I am the
kami of this land, Ugakufujin."
Yoritomo reportedly found the spring and built a shrine for Ugafukujin,
a kami whose symbol is a snake with a human head.
Usually fish can be seen in pools
Installation in Kamakura's beach
One day I saw a woman who was throwing flowers to the sea.
decided to drop fish but I still don't know her reason.
I also drop fish
Kamakura, there is a big statue of Buddha.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue
Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a
height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in
Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's
The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large
hall. However, the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by
typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries. So, since
1495, the Buddha has been standing in the open air.
After few days I come back to Tokyo and stayed in Toco
In this guesthouse I tested various Japanese foods.
In Tokyo I used red earth and draw a snake on the face of Mina
After the invitation of Japan― lran Cultural Exchange
Association I reviewed my environmental art works. Erniko Okada
, the chairman of the Association was there.
One of the Japanese lady gave a special Japanese food.
Tokyo there is a temple that destroyed during the world war. It was
rebuilt after the war. It was not a safe building.
been designed by Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama and reconstructed in 2012.
The name of the temple is Iko-in.
added an installation to the building.
When it rained
The architect Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama wrote this Japanese text for me;
Dear Mr. Ahmad Nadalian
Thank you for your wonderful art craft.
Water is the source of the life.
Our temple "Ikoin" has become rich by the Fishes that you gave us.
I left a print of piece on clay and left it in the treasure of the
The family of priest
The wife of the priest wrote this letter to me:
Dear Mr. Ahmad Nadalian
Thank you very much for your wonderful art craft.
We appreciate it from our heart.
To see the Fish we had a good feeling of life, it seems swimming and
in the water.
We will cherish it forever.
We look forward to see you again
Takahiro & Ritsuko Horii
I dropped a fish in the pool of temple.
In Tokyo I visited few Shinto temples
People usually perform ritual wash before entering the temple.
Toyo I visited Faculty of Art. They practice both Japanese
traditional painting and western style.
In the entrance of the space of painting for traditional art we
can see shows.
I met some artists who practice international style.
the last day of my stay in Japan I was invited by Mr. Solymaneyeh to eat
In Japan we can see tradition and new life style together.