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Tamotsu Utsunomiya

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Summer 6th, 2010

五能線は、秋田県能代市と青森県南津軽を結ぶローカル鉄道。東北の日本海沿岸を1週間ほどかけて撮影した。
The Gono-line is a local railroad connecting Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture and Minamitsugaru, Aomori Prefecture. I photographed for about a week in the Tohoku Sea of Japan coast. — Tamotsu Utsunomiya

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出港前のホタルイカ船
Hotarica boat before departure

撮影を行った年の夏は、東北としては異常な暑さだった。秋田県北西部と青森県南西部にまたがる白神山地の撮影を終え、日本海側に出ると、激しい夕立のなか五能線の列車が走っていた。美しい曲線が優雅な海岸線を楽しみながら南下し、夜遅くなって深浦漁港に到着。出港近いホタルイカ船の中で漁の準備に忙しい漁民たちに出会った。
Summer of the year when shooting was taken was abnormal heat as Tohoku. When I finished shooting the Shirakami mountain ranging in the northwest part of Akita prefecture and the southwest part of Aomori prefecture, when I went out to the Sea of Japan side, the train of the Gono-line was running in the heavy shower.A beautiful curve goes south while enjoying an elegant coastline and arrives at Fukaura fishing port late at night. I met fishermen who are busy preparing for fishing among Hotaruika boats near the departure port.

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港に並ぶ「舟屋」
"Funaya" lining the harbor

翌日、五能線に沿うように車を走らせ、不老不死温泉、陸奥岩崎、十二湖などを撮影しながら南下する。途中、海岸線に沿うように舟屋がいくつも並んでいた。東北の海岸沿いは観光客もめったに訪れない漁港が多いが、ひなびた情景に漂う厳しさと生活感があって独特な味わいがある。
On the next day, run the car along the Gono-Line, and take a picture of the Eternal Youth Hot Spring, Mutsuiwasaki, Juniko Lake and south. On the way, there were many “Funaya” along the coastline.Along the coast of Tohoku there are many fishing ports rarely visited by tourists, but there is a unique flavor with the severity and lifestyle that drifts in the Rustic scene.

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海岸沿いを走る五能線
Gono-line running along the coast
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漁師と朽ちた小型船
A fisherman and a decaying small boat
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”舟屋”の中で漁師がタバコを吸っていた
In the "Funaya" the fisherman was smoking a cigarette.