Among the famous people who are from Yamaguchi prefecture is Misuzu Kaneko, a poet who lived at the beginning of the 20th century. Although she committed suicide at the age of 26, she was very prolific during the period in which she was writing. During my trip to Yamaguchi, I visited the memorial museum dedicated to Misuzu Kaneko. The museum is her childhood home and throughout the house, her poems are posted so that you can read as you walk around. They try to have the poems be relevant to the location they post them at. For example, next to the bath is a poem about the bath. And if you lack the amount of imagination necessary to imagine a bathtub, you can peek around the corner and see the very bathtub Misuzu is imagining. Poems that don’t relate to objects in the house directly are relegated to the back of the museum, next to the gift shop. Also next to the gift shop: a giant photo mosaic of Misuzu Kaneko’s face made of pictures of other people’s faces that holds the Guinness world record for largest photo mosaic. Or rather, a smaller reproduction of a world record mosaic, but does it really matter if it’s the real deal or not?
October 14, 2010
World Record Photo Mosaic