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Bound in Japan brought me to Okayama Prefecture for the first time, and it was truly a pleasure to live and work there for six weeks. My heartfelt thanks go to Jane and Motoaki Fujiwara who very kindly provided me with a room with a beautiful view as well as endless support for the project. Bound in Japan would not have been possible without the two of them.

While in Okayama, I met several people, including Jane and Motoaki, who are in an international, multicultural marriage. For foreigners who come to Japan to work or study, there is always the possibility of leaving. However, for those who marry and remain in Japan, they are making a commitment to embrace life in another country and a different culture. This was a very special opportunity for me to get a glimpse of the unique dynamics that are part of such a relationship.

I would also like to acknowledge the staff at Cifaka. They were very generous with their time and assistance, and the exhibition would not have been successful without their support. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of working with them and hanging out at Cifa Café.

The Okayama Bound in Japan exhibition “a house is not a home” ended on Monday, October 10. For those of you who were not able to visit in person and for those of you who would like to reminisce, here are more photos of the exhibition.

I love how the cafe opens directly into the gallery. The moment you step through the door, you become a part of this encompassing environment.

A space within a space. Here, visitors can add their own definitions of home.

The book art made by workshop participants.

Visitors can also make their own book, to keep or to add to the exhibition. A single sheet of paper folded into a book titled 地球人の旅 (An earthling’s journey) where the maker can share a bit about their travels and places they have lived and visited.

Step by step instructions via pictures!

The exhibition statement. The left window houses the English text, the right window the Japanese. You can read the statement here.

A glimpse of Cifa Cafe from within the “home.”