M label No.29 Mika Ninagawa “ Self-image”（Book Design）
I sometimes feel that Mika Ninagawa, who belongs to the same generation as I, has natural character similar to me. Previously, I was fascinated by her unskilled but very cool photographs of cherry blossoms falling in all directions over the Meguro River. The photographs were taken without clear focus, after having a big quarrel with her husband and dashing out of the house. The photographs led me to design and publish my first photo book. I was caught up in Ninagawa’s cool way in which she lives (via the self-portraits of her life), and I designed and published this second photo book, for which I received the award. I tend to prefer fascinating design to attractive design, and I am a little bewildered and excited about winning the award for this photo book. Probably, Ninagawa feels the same way. I appreciate all the people involved for their cooperation in producing this photo book.