Note | Borderland

America in Kanagawa | There are dotted with US naval facilities in Kanagawa where I live. Of these US Radio Transmitting Facility Kamiseya in the suburbs of Yokohama was drawn off and the land was returned in 2015. The site area was 242ha. Cherry blossoms were planted along the surrounding highways as a sign of friendship. This part of the square opened to the public during the first week of April, despite the former border fence, the crossing is still prohibited. It is planned to attract an International Horticultural Exhibition which will be held in 2026, on the site of this US naval facility. After that, there is a plan to build a big theme park. The purpose of this photo series is to record one part of the history of Japan and the history of Kanagawa where the landscape will soon be reborn. This series is an ongoing project, which started in April 2019


映画「この世の外へ クラブ進駐軍」のように、米軍基地に勤務する職員向けにジャズ演奏するクラブが神奈川で生まれ、それがのちに芸能界の誕生となったエピソードは有名かもしれません。


追記: 再開発計画には周辺の桜並木を伐採するプランも含められているようです。そして、将来はテーマパーク建設も計画されているようですが、この敷地には日本の国鳥キジが多数生息しています。もうひとつ、盗難に遭うのか英語標識が徐々に姿を消しています。「Borderland」にその前後の光景を追加したように、上記一枚目の「DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)=飲酒運転禁止」の標識は、2021年の時点ですでに存在しません。



issuu: “Borderland Vol.01” 148mm x 188mm, 32 photos, 60 pages