BLUE STONE 2016 – video, Shiro Oni Residency, Gunma, Japan

The city of Onishi is well-known for its blue colored stones called “Sanbaseki”, which are used as
decoration for Japanese gardens. Thanks to the booming stone business in Japan between the ’60s
and ’80s, the city as well as some of its stone dealers became extremely wealthy. Although the
popularity of the stones has waned, you can still find many blue stones along the streets and in
front of people’s houses as you walk through the city. By tracing those stones, which seem to be
overlooked nowadays, the way of life of people in Onishi comes to life.

Video: Mariko Kuwahara
Editing: Eva Sjerps


BLUE STONE 2015 – screening, Kurosawa’s living room