Jan 10, 2018
Kenya Hara’s new book “100 Whites” has been published.
Whiteness, a concept dear to Hara's designs,
is the theme of a serial essay he has been writing on yomiuri online
about a hundred white things.
Titled "100 Whites", it will now be published as one book.
While his previous book treated "white" as a concept,
in "100 Whites", he faces specific phenomena of whiteness
to compose the hundred pieces.
In addition to the regular edition, there is also a special edition set
with "White" and "100 Whites" encased in a single sleeve.
Please pick it up and take a close look.
From the forwards:
"I want to attempt, with words, to draw closer to the emotions and imagery evoked by whiteness.
Contained is neither history nor erudition.
I want to pull a hundred whites from my memory as I wish, and taste each whiteness,
to the extent where the expression "white" becomes evanescent...
I once wrote "There is no such thing as 'white.' Rather, 'white' exists solely in our sensory perception."
If white is not a color, but instead a sensibility or a state of mind,
it is natural that I try to come close to it by tracing the phenomena by which it takes shape.
As I write, I may be no longer able to see whiteness in "white," or perhaps be unable to describe it as being "white".
AD: Kenya Hara
D: Kenya Hara, Tomoko Nishi