The connection between the Japanese and the sea is very profound. The circumstance that the country consists of 6852 islands is most probably one of many reasons for that. They even have a public holiday celebrating the sea.
I had the possibility to spend some time in Toba, a sweet little town at the seaside and got a better understanding of the appreciation towards umi, the sea. Art students arranged a small festival presenting their work within reach of the water. It was not about getting the most possible attention, but about integrating their art into their designated surrounding.
In combination of Toba being the home of the most active Ama (female seashell divers without oxygen tank) it was a very special encounter with the sea and will definitely influence my further approach with the umi project.