Are you here, my ancestors? Here before this grave
Stand I, your descendant
Who has long wandered under the sun --
Scorching sun, cloud-shrouded sun, oppressing sun -- on earth stained red
Humble at heart, the fields of waving rice plants behind, I put my palms together
In silent prayer
For all humankind
Yudai Kamisato continues to create works that reflect his attitudes towards politics and society and question how people can coexist with Others that they cannot understand. Following in the footsteps of his grandparents, who emigrated from Okinawa to Peru, Kamisato researched the current situations of South America and Okinawa for his new creation.
He studied the life of the “father of Mexican Theatre,” Seki Sano, who was active before the war in Japan and fled to Mexico later, and encountered Ryoichi Jinnai, an entrepreneur who, although longing to immigrate, has chosen to stay in Japan while supporting the community of people of Japanese descent in Peru and other countries of South America. This piece explores the concept of “homeland” through the stories of people who emigrated to foreign countries in the past and died overseas, and the stories of people currently living in foreign lands. This perspective of an observer also informs us about ourselves, living in contemporary Japanese society.