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In the background of “What Lies” (from Songs for the Forgotten, 2008) is the barbed-wired fence that divides an Okinawan Town of Henoko and Camp Schwab, an American military base. Since the U.S. and Japanese governments decided to construct heliport offshore the beach where it stands, people have started to put wish ribbons and protest banners on it. (The constructions is said to destroy the last habitat of endangered dugongs)

While executing Songs for the Forgotten, 2008 series I thought it would be nice if I could fly a paper plane, with an Okinawan love song written on it, over the fence, so that perhaps some American would pick it up. Yet when I got there, I got scared, there was a surveillance camera watching this side from the other side, and the barbed wire was crude and rejecting. Not being able even to get closer to the fence, I left my paper plane far off of it. The fence had much greater significance than I imagined, to those whose lives are constantly affected by the base.

After that, I started to make more paper planes loaded with Okianwan traditional love songs. Already-rejected loves songs that stay on this side, that won’t reach their recipients.