Japan in the third millennium: the impact of modernity and a globalized world on a country that had managed to avoid cross-cultural contamination by the rest of the world for centuries. This is a land in which the humanization of the landscape has reached its highest expression. A traveller plunged into the reality of Japan is dazed. The blend between thousand-year-old traditions and cutting-edge contemporary life produces a unique vibration: the continual sensation of walking a tightrope between two completely different realities and keeping one’s balance.

I have chosen to portray this by means of a brief narrative about the natural and urban landscape, a story in which man may be absent from the scene, but is fully present in terms of his achievements and his choices. Clear images (Shiro) and dark images (Kuro) appear to be two distant universes, yet they are linked by a strong bond whose roots are to be found in the legacy of a thousand- year-old culture, ranging from minimalist art and conceptual art to a profound respect for mankind and nature.