Doyagai - Day labouring districts of Japan
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Sanya, Kamagasaki and Kotobukicho are known as the three doyagai - the districts where manual laborers gather in the three great Japanese cities of Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka. The term doyagai itself comes from the slang term “doya,” a reversal of “yado,” meaning lodging house.
Japan’s cities have grown during the past century by absorbing migrants from the countryside. Most people now live in cities and think of their lives as civilized, but how did they get to this point and come to live such comfortable lives? In most cases their ancestors came from the fields in search of something better and struggled through crushing difficulties. They passed through the doyagai, or their equivalent. Images of the doyagai bring us back to this realization and to the common experience of our humanity, which may be why they been the subject of so many photographers’ works.
This exhibition will introduce images of Sanya by Shoko Hashimoto, photographs of Kotobukicho by Seung-woo Yang, as well as works of Kamagasaki by Seiryu Inoue, Haruto Hoshi and Issei Suda.