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This book comprises a photographic collection by Carine Thévenau of recently deserted playgrounds in rural Japan. Pictured during the winter, the snow-covered playgrounds might arouse a nostalgic sensation, yet a more critical analysis reveals a portrait of a place and offers us a glimpse of space and time paused.

Thévenau interprets the emptiness within the playgrounds as a silence or tension that our minds feel compelled to fill, akin to the pause in a musical score or the interval of a theatrical play.

These playgrounds are the residue of an ageing Japanese population, revealing economic shifts but also cultural philosophies about nature, respect, waste, and sustainability.

48 p, ills colour, 21 x 26 cm, hb