Tokyo Monogatari is a personal project inspired by the typical aspects of the daily contemporary life and the traditional cultural heritage of Tokyo. The atmosphere of the city is visualized by the synthesis of these different elements.

The series expresses at one side the habitual rituals of the citizens of Tokyo nowadays and at the other hand the exaggeration of bodily shapes drawn in the ancient manga sketches of Hokusai and shown in the movements of the performers in Noh- and Kabuki theater and the ‘hidden’ puppeteers of Bunraku in a photographic manner. Unnatural forms and excessive expressions of the body are often the topic in my photographs.

—Ilse Leenders