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After I heard that it is "one of the most crowded places in the world", I decided to visit the beach in Qingdao, China. Qingdao in May was chilly and foggy — it was still off-season. I could sense that this place had at one point been full of exuberant people, and in the subsequent emptiness, I felt a sense of loss. Although many many many people will come back again, these sentimental sceneries seen just only at this season and climate have a dreamy comfort, which gently wrap every occurrence. I felt that I have to record them as another side face of Chinese coastal development area which is often criticized.

「世界で最も混雑する場所のひとつ」というフレーズに惹かれ、中国・チンタオのビーチを訪れました。しかし5月のチンタオはまだまだ肌寒く、霧に包まれた街はオフシーズン。溢れんばかりの人々がかつてここで過ごしていたという事実が、逆に喪失感となり空間を満たしているように感じました。きっと数ヶ月すればまた人々は戻ってきますが、この季節・気候ならではのセンチメンタルな情景には、どんな出来事も肯定的に包み込む穏やかな夢のような心地よさがあります。批判されることの多い中国沿岸の開発地域の新たな側面として記録すべきだと感じました。