Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Postscript / あとがき

I finally finished the commission work which is from the City of Culture Derry~Londonderry 2013. In the beginning of the project I was struggling to find some border points between Ireland and Northern Ireland, where I can park my caravan and show the project to the public. But if I park my caravan in the border, I found the reality of difficulty to invite people inside as the caravan is usually private and most of people don't try to enter it.

And I have tried to think what is the most important factor for the project. I found it the most important for the project to show many local people in Northern Ireland / Ireland and develop the project through communication with them rather than to show the project in the border. So I switched the idea to show my project mainly in the Ebrington square where many people come for the Turner Prize exhibition, other events organized by the City of Culture and also just passing-by. I also showed the project in the St. Anne Square in front of the MAC, Belfast during Art Night. In fact the project has got really good feed back from a lot of people successfully.

As everybody in Ireland or/and Northern Ireland have some idea about the cultural difference between Ireland and Northern Ireland(United Kingdom), I also think the project will work everywhere all around the Northern Ireland / Ireland probably also in Great Britain.

Though I finished the commission work from the City of Culture, I really hope I can continue to show the project to  many people also next year. Though the tiny caravan has been getting full of collections,  I can also replace the collection in some points like the usual museum.  From beginning of next year I will start residency in Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northrern Ireland. I am thinking to show the project sometimes there. 

Dear All, Thank you so much for keeping attention on my project!  Thank you so much for your visiting my caravan and joining the project!  if you have not seen it yet, I hope I can show the project somewhere sometimes in the near future! Remember that I will keep updating this Facebook page and the Blog, when I will get further opportunities to show the project.

All the best,
Belfast, Northern Ireland
18th December 2013

 アイルランドや北アイルランド(英国)の人々なら誰しも、アイルランドと北アイルランドの文化の違いについて、何か考えがあるように、 このプロジェクトはアイルランドや北アイルランド全土、おそらく英国の本土でも意味があると思います。




Sunday, 15 December 2013

Thought about the energy seriously for the 1st time / 始めてエネルギー について真剣に考えた

Since I started Borderline Project, I have learned how much energy we need in our daily life apart from issues between Ireland and United Kingdom (Northern Ireland). In our modern life we don't really think how much water, electricity and gas use as these fare will be automatically credited. But since I started the project I noticed I have to think more seriously how much energy I need for camping as I can carry limited amount of energy because of maximum weight. 
Since Japan got the nuclear disaster, Japanese people have started thinking about the energy more than before.
On the other hand, from the daily life inside minimal space outside Japan, I have got more conscious about the energy. I have struggled to economize 
the energy without wasting it.


It was stormy today. The sign board was blown off several times because of the strong wind. I could not put the step because of too hard wind.

To fix the sign board on the caravan, I have tried to use the cable ties.


As I got the Irish coin from the customer before Ireland have started using Euro, I have displayed it inside the jewelry box.


Though I have got several group of customers today, most of them have rejected for taking pictures of them unfortunately. So I don't have so much pictures of customers today.


Sunday, 8 December 2013

Difference of the taste of the Tayto crisps between in the South and in the North / 北アイルランド産とアイルランド産のテートポテトチップの味の違い

Before going to Ebrington in this morning I went to the border to buy some Irish products the visitor suggested me. Though I could not buy stuff I wanted, from my neutral point of view as a foreigner I decided to try to compare objectively the taste of the Tayto crisps which many people told me the southern one tastes better.

These are both Northern Irish and Irish Tayto crisps with Cheese & Onion, Salt & Vineger and Prawn Cocktail flavor

Cheese & Onion Flavors. Irish one looks more brown colored and a little bit more crispy as they have probably fried longer. But objectively I don't find so much difference in tastes.

My partner's mother gave me a pint glass for Guninnes again. So now the collection on this shelf has fixed. Thank you Pauline!!
パートナーのお母さんがギネスのパイントグラスをまたくれた。 よってこの棚のコレクションが元に戻った。ありがとうポーリン!!

The flag on the British magnet destroyed during moving.


The collection of both British and Irish magnets