Each sketch represents my movements on a particular day. Click on each sketch to understand what impressions I gained from those movements.
This project is an effort to document my experiences in Tokyo through mediums other than photography—a medium I love deeply but that I feel has been hindering my memory lately.
At the end of each day, before I go to bed, I quickly sketch a line that represents where I went that day. These movements are not drawn to scale or representative of my exact footprint or the distances I traveled. They vaguely suggest my whereabouts and aim to represent the way my movements felt to me. If I feel like I went really far because I spent too much time getting somewhere or I went all over the place and saw many different things, the lines are drawn to express that. The color of each corresponds to the prominent emotion I experienced that day, based on my personal associations with the color.
Tokyo needs maps—mainly because it feels like 23 different cities crammed into one. But there is so much happening in this city that one map can only represent one very specific aspect of it, otherwise it creates more confusion than clarity. I have seen such a wide variety of maps all over the place. All are very overwhelming and take a while to digest and understand.
The design of this project is inspired by a bento box—distinct elements separated yet contained and still grouped together to make up a whole, balanced experience. I have so many thoughts in a day that my brain feels as chaotic as Tokyo. Tokyo is, however, very organized in many ways, and my aim is to organize my thoughts on this platform.
Once my time here comes to an end, I will produce a physical map that represents all of the chaotic movements you see here. It will be a different way to document what I did and how this place makes me feel.
This project is also an effort to break free of the feeling of needing to share everything we see with others—Tokyo is a place you need to experience and photographs will dilute the excitement of experiencing it for the first time. The ones I have seen have done so for me. Because it is very hard to keep others up to date with all that I’m doing and seeing, I feel it is more beneficial (for me and you) to share my impressions rather than the specifics. This type of record keeping will be more inspirational for me to reflect on once this experience is over. Plus, there is too much happening here and a few images won’t capture even the half of it.