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Underwater wonder: Japan photographer's exhibition takes viewers beneath the deep blue sea

A mother and her child look at a picture of a whale shark on the glass wall of the welfare building at Kisela Kawanishi Plaza, in Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, on Feb. 19, 2021. (Mainichi/Kazuhiro Doi)
Yasuaki Kagii's work decorates the side of the escalator on the first floor of Kawanishi City Hall in Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, on Feb. 19, 2021. (Mainichi/Kazuhiro Doi)

KAWANISHI, Hyogo -- Giant versions of a locally born photographer's underwater shots of aquatic life are on display at three locations in this city, wowing visitors including one who said, "It's like visiting an aquarium."

    Yasuaki Kagii, 49, has been taking underwater photographs since the early 1990s, and after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he has been regularly documenting the seas off Iwate Prefecture. He is from western Japan's Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, but currently lives in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

    The works are displayed at three locations: the side of the escalator on the first floor of Kawanichi City Hall, the glass wall of the welfare services building at Kisela Kawanishi Plaza, and the Fujinoki Sankaku public square. Kagii's photos of whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles and various tropical fish have been transformed into special stickers and attached to the walls. The photo layout was also devised by the photographer.

    Hitomi Hashimoto, 62, a local who visited the city hall with her 1-year-old granddaughter, said with a smile, "It makes the place look gorgeous."

    Kagii's exhibition will run until March 1, and is part of the city's plan to support 15 artists associated with Kawanishi whose activities have been restricted by the coronavirus pandemic. The artists' works will be on display at various facilities in the city center until early March.

    (Japanese original by Kazuhiro Doi, Takarazuka Local Bureau)

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