In Japan, legend has it that a man and woman who are predestined to meet have been tied at the little finger by an invisible red string since the time they were born.
“I received a text message. “Today, our divorce was finalized.” The message from my mother was written simply, even though she usually sends me messages with many pictures and symbols. I remember that I didn’t feel any particular emotion, except that the time had come. The red string tying my parents together came undone, broke, or perhaps was never even tied to begin with. But if the two had never met, I would never have been born into this world. If anything, you might say that there is an unbreakable red string of fate between parent and child. My family will probably never be all together again. But I feel without a doubt that there is proof inside each of us that we once lived together. To ensure that the red string that ties my family together does not come undone, I want to reel it in and tie it tight.”
Yoshikatsu Fujii’s project Red String was inspired by his parents divorce and binds a collection of documents and memories. The photobook of the project was selected by TIME magazine as one of the Best Photobooks of 2014 and is part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Yoshikatsu Fujii was born and raised in Hiroshima City. He graduated from Tokyo Zokei University of Arts with BA in Art Film and began photography work in 2006. His work often involve themes of history and memory lingering on in contemporary events. He is currently living and working in Hiroshima.