Japanese artist shows bond connecting Hue residents to rivers

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Poster for the photography exhibition, "Thanh pho nuoc"
 (Water City)

"Thanh pho nuoc" (Water City), a photography exhibition by Japanese artist Hasegawa Taro, is being held in Hue Town in the central province of Thua Thien Hue.

The exhibition, on display at the New Space Arts Foundation, showcases photos of the daily lives of Hue residents and the town's nearby rivers. "You all will see the strong bond between the lives of Hue people and the small surrounding rivers," said Hasegawa.

"During my days living here in Hue, I have enjoyed riding bicycles around the city, watching the rivers run, and thinking about how to convey "˜these fullest of real vitalities' to everyone.

"I have brought these thoughts into my work. I have chosen late nights and early mornings in order to capture the purest and simplest scenes. Through these pictures, I love to contemplate contemporary Vietnam," said the 41-year-old artist, who was born in Osaka, Japan.

Prior to Vietnam, Hasegawa, who graduated from Faculty of Humanities Japan and Asia program of Kyouto Seika University in 1994 and then joined the Inter Medium Institute photo and Artist in Residence program in 1999, has worked and exhibited in his home country and elsewhere in Asia, including South Korea and Thailand.

His exhibition will run through April 3 at the New Space Arts Foundation, located on the 2nd floor of 15 Le Loi Street, in Hue Town.

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