Japan is a place you think you already know before you've been there. There are endless references to Japanese culture and its landscapes in Western society. That's why, as soon as you get there, you're anxious to find all those images you've created in your mind. But what this journey has taught me is that it is impossible to really understand Japan without deconstructing and letting go of every single stereotype. I travelled alone for ten days around Japan, visiting cities like Kyoto, Naoshima and Tokyo and I wasn't inspired by any of the places recommended by my tour guide. I had to stop scheduling to start enjoying the simplest and most unexpected situations. And that's how all these images came to life. None of them have been planned.
Photography and words by Carla Step
Edited by Bis Turnor & Simone Rossi