Like an Animal Trail


"From the Terminal Station, Guangzhou 1997" #11 ©Toru Ukai


"From the Terminal Station, Guangzhou 1997" #71 ©Toru Ukai


"From the Terminal Station, Guangzhou 1997" #69 ©Toru Ukai



China was in a transition stage in the late 1990's. Everyone tried to find and go their own ways for better life. There was not any paved road for the future but some obscure path like

an animal trail. People looked as if they had lived on their own without the aid of society.

I, a man from a well-controlled country often flinched at their life force. I could barely compete with them under the protection of my company, my passport and the Japanese yen.

Now I know that Chinese big names like Tencent and Alibaba were about to be born just in the chaotic period. Chaos is the womb of a revolution or innovation. A sign of prosperity had begun to grow in it, though I regarded it just as disorder then. The times were streaming aside of me toward the unknown future…


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