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9 pieces of poetry – Views of Kobe from the Sea

Conceptual drawing [the text is an excerpt from a 1924 poem by Jukichi Yagi titled Mazushiki-mono no uta (lit. Song of the Poor)]
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9 pieces of poetry – Views of Kobe from the Sea
Even though Kobe is where I spend most of my time, I seldom have the chance to see it from the sea. Kobe from the sea has the aspect of a bird’s-eye view as seen by a person facing Kobe on his or her way in or out of Kobe Port. The distinctive view that includes wharves, built-up areas, and the Rokko Mountains beyond, is the facial features of the town. For the Port City Kobe Art Festival, I wish to pull out of Kobe’s “bookshelf” the voices of its poets, whose compositions reflect the history Kobe has been through. Regarding these voices as the genius loci of Kobe, I wish to present them within the “view of Kobe from the sea” in the form of poetry fragments. What impact, if any, will the words these poets have embedded within the landscape of Kobe, as they lived through Taisho modernism, wartime, postwar years and the Great Hanshin Earthquake, have today? I look forward to sharing with Port City Kobe Art Festival visitors the opportunity of discovering and of giving fresh thought to the city of Kobe.
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Kazufusa Komaki
Kazufusa Komaki was born in 1967 in Hyogo Prefecture and graduated from the Kobe University School of Business Administration. He participated in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in 2006 and has since produced in various parts of the country site-specific works that take as their subject matter memories specific to a given location, using traditional wooden houses, disused school buildings, former red-light district buildings and other types of property as their settings. For the 2007 Kobe Biennale, he created within a shipping container a work inspired by memories of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, receiving an Organizing Committee Special Award. He received the Prix Mer Bleue in 2008.