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Ways that some overworking Japanese feel when they work; deep sorrow and suffering


It’s not a trend among Japanese employees, but some Japanese employees still believe that unpaid overwork is a kind of routine, and sacrificing themselves for the companies they work for is the virtue of work.

 

It can be said, that this darkness of overworking is still lingering in Japanese working class.

 

Today, for those who feel tired of overworking and the way to work, I recommend to look at pictures that Tetsuya Ishida drew.

 

His pictures, which depict the deep sorrow and suffering of the Japanese people who overwork and whose ways to work have a serious problem, will give you a chance to face up to your feelings.

 


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1. Put true yourself in a drawer

 


Refer to the site: http://tabi-labo.com/282545/tetsuyaishida

 

 

You need to do something before hushing yourself up.

( “A drawer” in 1996 )

 

 

2. I can’t remember what “fun to eat” is about

 

Refer to the site: http://tabi-labo.com/282545/tetsuyaishida

 

I eat because I’m hungry.

I have forgotten how to have fun to eat.

(“ Having a meal just like refueling” in 1994)

 


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3. Losing battle

 


Refer to the site: http://tabi-labo.com/282545/tetsuyaishida

 

Without weapons and spirit.

Is it right or not to keep fighting like a soldiers?

( “ A soldier” in 1996)

 

 

4. I sacrifice myself for you

 

 


Refer to the site: http://tabi-labo.com/282545/tetsuyaishida

 

For the president of the company I work for, I work.

( “ Under the umbrella of the president” in 1996)

 

 

5. I put all my heart and soul into the work

 

 


Refer to the site: http://tabi-labo.com/282545/tetsuyaishida

 

I feel my body is being dismembered, but I can keep working.

(“ Big wheel” in 1995)

 

 

6. I have forgotten to…

 


Refer to the site: http://tabi-labo.com/282545/tetsuyaishida

 

I would like to fly in the sky, but can’t remember how to.

( “ A man who has lost the ability to fly” in 1996)

 

 

7.  A place to heal me

 


Refer to the site: http://tabi-labo.com/282545/tetsuyaishida

 

This is the sanctuary to be relaxed.

( “ A man running away to the lavatory” in 1996)

 

 

8. I’m just a part of it

 


Refer to the site: http://tabi-labo.com/282545/tetsuyaishida

 

I blindly kowtow every day to my bosses and customers though I didn’t want to, resulting in finding myself that I am just like a part of a machine.

( “ Untitled” in 1997)

 

 

9.  Without complaint

 


Refer to the site: http://tabi-labo.com/282545/tetsuyaishida

 

I just need to talk as is told.

I don’t need to think.

( “ Untitled” in 1995)

 

 

10. Speed is the only thing to be demanded

 


Refer to the site: http://tabi-labo.com/282545/tetsuyaishida

 

I know, first of all, I need to run fast.

( “ A man transformed into a steam locomotive” in 1995)

 

 

All of Tetsuya Ishida’s works were done in 1990s and 2000s.

Though the pictures were drawn 15-20 years ago, you may be able to sympathize with his works.

 

Before being like a salaryman in the pictures, you need to change the ways to work, to think about the ways you work, and to face up to your feelings.

 

 

If you are interested in his pictures and would like to have a look, visit Hiratsuka city Museum in Hiratsuka city in Kanagawa prefecture.

The four of Tetsuya Ishida’s works will be displayed there.

 

*The name of the exhibition:  “Nandarou ten” (なんだろう展)

*Place : Hiratsuka city Museum

* Period : 12/09/2017 – 02/25/2018

* Closed day : Monday ( For more information on the working days around New Year’s holiday, make a inquiry to the museum)

 

 

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