Takeshi Mizukoshi@Yakushima Island
Mizukoshi Shot Subtropical Winter

"It's like a microcosm of Japan's climate."
Winter 1996

Mizukoshi is a veteran photographer who lives next to Lake Kussharo in Hokkaido. Mizukoshi mainly photographs nature, especially mountains. While he has shot abroad, this year Mizukoshi decided to concentrate on the theme of Japan from an ecosystem perspective. Mizukoshi has recently been shooting on Yakushima Island, famous for its Yakushima cedars and unique environment. How does a veteran photographer like Mizukoshi see the island? Following is Mizukoshi's photo essay of the island.


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interviewed by: sensorium staff

I have been fascinated by Yakushima Island for 25 years. The island is so small, just 130 kilometers in circumference. However, it has various ecosystems that change depending on the altitude.

The climate of the island ranges from subarctic to subtropical. It's like a microcosm of Japan's climate.

I have visited Yakushima Island several times, but I love winter there . Although it is only located 30 degrees north of equator, it snows there. So I carried winter climbing equipment while shooting photos on this southern island.

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