Tourism always convinces providing people the most representative local-style (the worthiest holiday) experience and a chance to keep memory (by collecting souvenirs) within the limited time. However, the real-life experience can not be shaped and experienced without accumulating step by step.
During the period of my one-month stay in Sumida-Ku, Tokyo, one of the most famous tourism spots Sky Tree provoked my rethinking of the relation between the tourist industry and true life experience. Although Tokyo sky tree is the most representative spot in Sumida-Ku, for me, piles of ‘ local sky tree’ (or we can name it grand tree)— chimneys from different factories, explain more than sky tree about how people live, work, feel in Sumida-Ku. I investigated and documented local factories’ chimneys which have a similar shape to sky tree, and ‘rebuilt’ them into a tourist tower— people can climb up to the top step by step and take photos as souvenirs. Each one guild book is along with one sculptor, which was made by a daily object I used in Tokyo and cast into bronze by a local 100-year-old sand factory.
I have this idea at the very end of my stay: The one which can make people enjoy is those chimneys randomly spread in the city, even they are not popular and special at all.