BUREAU D'ETUDES JAPONAISES 研究所

poetry & research

SALARYMAN PROJECT

kawaguchiko mountain landscape in Autumn

The Kawaguchiko Incident

On the 28th of October 2006, the unexpected presence of a fast-paced, suited office worker with briefcase was documented on a mountain trail in Kawaguchiko near Mount Fuji. Unaware that the not-so-distant Aokigahara forest was a destination of choice for people resigned to put an end to their problems and their lives, Bureau d'Etudes Japonaises welcomed this non-event as an invitation to investigate the poetical aspects of Tokyo’s ubiquitous corporate scene.

a man in suit with briefcase walking away on a trail in a forest

The Salaryman Project Business Schedule

The outcome of this research has been published into the pages of the "Salaryman Project Business Schedule", an illustrated Japanese professional agenda of our design. At the pace of one photo a week, the action – or lack of it – unfolds season after season into the spreads of the ephemeral publication, portaying Tokyo's salaryman as an elusive and solitary creature constantly escaping the gaze of the camera.

the salaryman project business schedule, japanese photo agenda
Salaryman Project binder version (2013~2015, 157 photos)

Selection of photos from the Salaryman Project Business Schedule 2013

a salaryman behind incense smoke at Sensoji temple
Sensoji
a salaryman near a fountain in Hibiya Park
Hibiya Park
a salaryman in Kudandika
Kudankita
a salaryman in Tameike Sanno
Tameike Sanno
a salaryman in Ueno Park
Ueno park
a salaryman having a coffe break in Gotanda
Gotanda
a salaryman in a bamboo garden in Shinagawa
Shinagawa
a salaryman getting out of a eel restaurant
Meguro
the refection of a salaryman in a golf accessory shop
Gotanda
a salaryman on a bicycle in Ginza
Nihonbashi

Selection of photos from the Salaryman Project Business Schedule 2014

a salaryman in Kasumigaseki
Kasumigaseki
a salaryman on a train in Akabane station
Akabane
a salaryman reading manga on the Yamanote line
Yamanote Line
a salaryman eating udon noodles in Shibuya
Shibuya
a salaryman in Tokyo Midtown's garden
Tokyo Midtown
a salaryman on a pedestrian crossing in Suidobashi
Suidobashi
a salaryman in Kyobashi
Kyobashi
a salaryman photographing roses in Hibiya Park
Hibiya Park
a salaryman holding Kumade (rake) in Hanazono shrine for tori no ichi festival
Hanazono Shrine
a salaryman in front of a Fugu (pufferfish) restaurant in Meguro
Meguro

Selection of photos from the Salaryman Project Business Schedule 2015

a salaryman having a nap in Shibuya
Shibuya
the reflection of a salaryman in a shop selling WW2 plane scale models in Shimbashi
Shimbashi
a drunk salaryman lying on the street in Kanda
Kanda
a salaryman looking a the Sumida river from the Sobu line train
Sobu Line
a salaryman taking a picture of cherry blossom in Ueno Park
Ueno Park
a salaryman in a sushi restaurant in Kanda
Kanda Sakumacho
a salaryman a the Yasukuni Shrine
Yasukuni Shrine
a salaryman trying a golf club in a shop in Yurakucho
Yurakucho
the reflection of a salaryman in a building in Kanda
Kanda Nishikichou
a salaryman walking up a stairway in Shinjuku
Shinjuku

To photo-editors:

To acces the 157 photos of the series, please contact Bureau d'Etudes Japonaises.