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Arrival after War
~Repatriation~

   According to my mother's withdrawal certificate, she landed at Sasebo Port, Japan on September 10, 1946. If you connect the episodes that my aunt and others told, it can be estimated that after landing my mother relied on her relatives to visit Tokyo and Nara and finally settled in Amagasaki near Osaka with her parents. According to my aunt, it was a confusing time when she didn't even know where and how her parents and sisters were doing.
   I stood at Uragashira Pier in Sasebo Port in March 2006. On the hill overlooking the pier, there was the Uragashira Repatriation Memorial Museum, where the memories of the millions of repatriates who landed here were piled up like a mountain.
   In my work "Sasebo Port", a small silver foil mother on the gangway ramp of the salvage ship is about to land in Japan.

"Mother at 22, going down the gangplank of a repatriation ship
at Uragashira Wharf, Sasebo Port, Japan on September 10, 1946"
146cm×438cm, computer-composed photograph, silver leaf on Mother’s image, 2007
Sources of Old Photos:
Exhibition Photos at Uragashira Repatriation Memorial Museum (Sasebo City, Japan),
Photos in Book "Record of Repatriation Relief" (March 1950, Repatriation Relief Agency)

"Mother at 25 and me at 23 at a photo studio in Amagasaki, near Osaka, Japan circa 1949"
148cm×201cm, computer-composed photograph, 2007