AMUSEMENT PARKS.

[Book: Takayuki Tokunaga – 2004 – 22x30cm – 40 Pages – Full-page pinhole camera colour photos]. One after another, Japanese amusement parks are disappearing. When the Ferris wheels and the roller coasters are being reduced to cold iron scraps, Takayuki Tokunaga’s photo book has seen the light. The minute-long exposures – a distinctive quality of the pinhole camera – dim the human figures and softly depict the colours and forms of the amusement rides placed in a large open space. The unnecessary details sink into oblivion as time flows… within these pages is captured the hazy world of dreams. Pictured parks: Pages 1, 2 and 16= Space World, Fukuoka in 2002. Pages 3, 13 and 20= Himeji Central Park, Hyogo in 1999. Page 4= Yomiuriland, Tokyo in 2002. Page 5= Expoland, Osaka in 2000. Pages 6, 28 and 30= Kobe Portopialand, Hyogo in 1999. Pages 7 and 34= Suzuka Circuit, Mie in 2003. Page 8= Nara Dreamland, Nara in 1999. Page 9= Hamanako PalPal, Shizuoka in 2002. Pages 10, 26 and 31= Kintetsu Ayame Ike Yuenchi, Nara in 1999 and 2003. Pages 11, 21 and 22= Skyland Ikoma, Nara in 1998. Page 12= Nihon Land HOW Yuenchi, Shizuoka in 2002. Pages 14 and 25= Itozu No Mori Koen, Fukuoka in 2002. Pages 15 and 17= Yase Yuen, Kyoto in 1998. Page 18= Nasu HIghland Park, Tochigi in 2002. Page 19= Takarazuka Family Land, Hyogo in 2001. Pages 23, 24, 32 and 33= Sayama Yuen, Osaka in 1998. Page 27= Shibukawa Skyland Park, Gunma in 2002. Page 29= Hirakata Park, Osaka in 1999. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.