Crows Nest
After receiving a report from a citizen who had been attacked on the street by a crow watching over its nest, employees of Tokyo's municipal government moved the nest to a storage warehouse. I heard a strange story that the nest was made with things like clothes hangers, so I went to investigate. Luckily, I was able to find the warehouse. The only way to tell that it was a nest was the egg resting in the center. The municipal workers who cleared the nest explained that "the crow borrowed metal hangers a little at a time from apartment balconies, and skillfully formed the base structure with its beak. It used just about anything, including twine and vinyl fibers." The completed nest resembles a modern work of recycled art. From the day on, I started to be drawn to the trees of the city.


The Japanese Crane is considered particularly sacred due to its neat and clean body colors and elegant figure, and it has been widely used as a motif in literature and art. No other motif is so widely used for a broad range of designs as the crane, and it has been loved since ancient times in Japan as an auspicious design in such items as hanging scrolls and pottery, in dance, and so on.

Fallen trees

Fallen trees It is said that 1,000-year-old Yakusugi trees take 1,000 years after they have fallen to return to the earth.There are huge fallen trees lying around everywhere on the island of Yakushima in Japan.The fallen trees are eventually covered with moss, from where new lives bud.Looking at this scenery, the boundary between life and death starts to appear ambiguous.After decaying over a long time, they become new life. The fallen trees leave me full of wonder.   


A beach isolated by precipitous cliffs. Having no wants, except for tidings sporadically carried in by the waves. I know for sure that somewhere in this world such a life exists.

 © 2023 by Yosuke Kashiwakura

  • Yosuke Kashiwakura