Sachiko Saito

Photographer

JÎN2018 - 2020

The title of this project is JÎn. It means to live, existence in Kurdish. For those who have been in Japan, their homeland is Japan.
They live their lives as one person here.
Today, about 2000 Kurds live in Kawaguchi city, Saitama, Japan. Many Kurds in Japan came from Turkey to avoid persecution. Then, they faced the Japanese immigration system.
Young Kurds who grow up in that environment want to live in Japan, but the barriers to going on to school and finding employment are high and they are worried.
They accept their lives, look forward with hope, and live their youth with full power in the same way as each person living in Japan.
They are already rooted in this land. Not as an "immigrant" or "foreigner", but as an individual with a single name.
A young person with a name meaning JÎN said:
“I don’t want to bother my parents with me. That is why I have tried so hard to make my own place. I will continue to live in Japan’’.