The Kawaguchiko Incident
On the 28th of October 2006, the unexpected presence of a fast-paced, suited office worker with briefcase was documented on a mountain trail in Kawaguchiko near Mount Fuji. Unaware that the not-so-distant Aokigahara forest was a destination of choice for people resigned to put an end to their problems and their lives, Bureau d'Etudes Japonaises welcomed this non-event as an invitation to investigate the poetical aspects of Tokyo’s ubiquitous corporate scene.
The Salaryman Project Business Schedule
The outcome of this research has been published into the pages of the "Salaryman Project Business Schedule", an illustrated Japanese professional agenda of our design. At the pace of one photo a week, the action – or lack of it – unfolds season after season into the spreads of the ephemeral publication, portaying Tokyo's salaryman as an elusive and solitary creature constantly escaping the gaze of the camera.
Selection of photos from the Salaryman Project Business Schedule 2013
Selection of photos from the Salaryman Project Business Schedule 2014
Selection of photos from the Salaryman Project Business Schedule 2015
Exhibition: the Salaryman Project Fiscal Year
109 prints arranged according to the Japanese fiscal year (from April 1st to March 31st) in a 21-meter long display. Installation designed for the Month of Photography Tokyo 2017.
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Online game: My TASUKU!
Based on photos from the Salaryman Project, My TASUKU! is a picture based e-learning tool that will improve your survival skills in Tokyo's corporate world. At the office, at school, in the train, at home, My TASUKU! brings you the training that you need and the distraction that you deserve.
To access the 157 photos of the Salaryman Project series, please contact Bureau d'Etudes Japonaises.