釜ヶ崎にて A day in Kamagasaki 2/3

Kamagasaki has been a place for drifters. There, people in difficult circumstances, for example having no address, savings, or education, left family for some reasons, are able to get a job for the day, like construction work. The food and lodging are cheap there too. Today, workers are getting older and the area has the shortest average life span and the highest rate of welfare recipients in Japan (according to Kamagasaki Arts Guide Map produced by Cocoroom in 2017).

The poem on a wall tells the life of people in Kamagasaki which were until recently men centered.

“Manliness”

In his 20s-30s he wants to become a man.

In his 40s and 50s he wants to keep being a man.

In his 60s and 70s he wants to die as a man”

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Standing pee, Forbidden. IMG_5716

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One can get alcohol easily here. IMG_5683

This place is where people work and live with sometimes sensitive backgrounds behind. Therefore, it’s important not to disturb them. Take photos with consideration. IMG_5726

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