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This magnum opus derives from the work of nearly six years, in which subjects and locations were chosen deliberately, after in-depth research, and most photos conceived before shooting. Photos of every chapter are linked to each other, and the arrangement illustrates the interconnections of themes.

In our flattened, networked world of incessant digital babble and information overload, there is a rarity premium for the polar opposite – high quality work born of craftsmanship, long experience and intimate knowledge. Hans Sautter has spent the best part of five decades in Japan. He is an insider looking around him, not an outsider looking in.   Peter Tasker