AbstractThe island of Okishima in Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake, is located off the tourist tracks despite being relatively close from Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital. In a country defined by an almost continuous metropolis, in which even rural areas follow urban patterns adapted from the big cities, Okishima remains an isolated bastion in which a quiet community peacefully challenge the rapid development of its surroundings. Through the discussion of a set of singular features observed in the island during a visit with students from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland—and documented by a selection of student images—this visual essay depicts Okishima as a missing link in today’s world: a unique place in which our contemporary urban pace is inevitably questioned.
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