For the last 12 years I had lived very close to the Suma Beach, where lots of people flock to in the summer while only a few people, just those who enjoy fishing or dating couples, are seen during winter. In the spring or autumn time, there are a bit more people like students or families who are enjoying themselves
Viewing the beach got into my habit on my way to and from work. Before long, I found that human relationships or interactions are happening there in various ways. On the weekend, I started photographing them from the second floor of the Suma Station. Shooting them against the L-shaped seawall has become my favorite angle.
My film camera turned into a digital one in the last 12 years. Along with that, I came to like color prints rather than monochrome. In Sumahama, however, I have stuck to monochrome as I believe it can add a universal aspect to stories.
For the same 12 years I experienced serious illnesses twice, which restricted my latitude of making a long trip, hence I was just hanging around the seaside with my camera every day. What is more, I lost my dear cat around that time. These experiences made me realize the importance of having an uneventful and peaceful daily lives and I came to see a deep meaning in photographing those people at the Suma Beach.
Sumahama serves as my homage to Shoji Ueda, a friend of my deceased mentor Tamotsu Koyama and a photographer whom I personally adore. I also consider this work as highly personal even though none of my family members are in the images.
I moved to a house a short distance from the Suma Beach in the autumn of 2016. I, however, still go to my shooting spot, the second floor of the Suma Station, wondering who will be at the beach today.