Stephan Reich // Aokigahara

Aokigahara, or Jukai (Sea of trees), is a very dense forest at the base of mount Fuji. It is known as the most popular site for suicide in Japan. The site’s popularity has been attributed to Seicho Matsumoto’s 1960 novel Kuroi Jukai (Black Sea of Trees).

The text is not printed in a classical way but a visible color change within the paper following the exposure to UV rays.
The subtle color evokes the image of someone fading away in the deep forest, at the same time it stands for the decaying process of the paper.
UV-light on transparent paper, coptic binding with acrylic thread.
Cover made of lasercut transparent paper, NT-Pairu-foil and clear foil.
Acrylic box with title and imprint in silkscreen.
34 pages. 32 x 45 cm
Edition of 15 copies using Arabic numerals
Karlsruhe, 2016