PASSPORT *The exhibition has been closed.

Syoin Kajii

*The exhibition will end on October 3rd.

Born 1976 in Niigata, Japan. Graduated from Koyasan University Department of Esoteric Buddhism in 1999. Kajii’s work was first published in photography magazines in his mid-teens. He served as an apprentice at Mount Koya between 1995 and 1999 before traveling around the world photographing places such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, and the U.K. For his photographic series capturing waves off the shore of Sado Island he was awarded the 1st FOIL Award in 2004; the resulting photobook NAMI garnered him the 2005 Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan. He currently lives as a monk of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism on Sado Island while actively continuing his work as a photographer.

The Second World War Through Sado’s Eyes

Seventy-six years have passed since the end of World War II, and each year that passes we have fewer opportunities to hear directly from those who experienced it. I met with older adults born on Sado Island between the Taisho era (1912-1926) and the early Showa era (the prewar period starting 1926), and asked them about Japanese settlements in Manchuria, the detention of Japanese POWs in Siberia, and life on Sado at the time. As philosopher and poet George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Today more than 80% of the Japanese population was born after the war. My hope is that this exhibit inspires people to talk to the elders around them.


Nagayamon Taikeiji
Kuninaka Area
1110 Kanaishimbo, Sado, Niigata 952-1208

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