Saisei: Coming To Life

Collection with 26 media items created by U.S. Editor

28 Feb 2013 17:00

"Saisei" means to come to life again and to recover through time. In Japan, the annual number of suicides has exceeded 30,000. By prefecture, Tokyo had the most suicides, at 3,100. Furthermore, the annual number of people who attempted suicide is said to be the 10 times. This serious number can clearly represent the tough and difficult social life of Japan. However, this ridiculous number does not appeal any individuals’ struggles behind their real dramas. I am following two parsons who attempted suicide to tell their stories through their cases and look at the meaning of living in this society.

" I still wonder why I am alive here."

Taka Fukushima, 43 years old who quietly decided to kill himself three years ago because he had been suffered from depression and asthma due to stress of work for long time. Then, he hung himself with a thick rope which he had for his hobby, canoeing. As soon as he was found by his grand-father in his room, he was sent to the emergency hospital with his heart stopped beating. The doctor said he would be left with a severe after effect, although he might come arrive. After two weeks, everyone thought it was a miracle when he opened his eyes again and he even did not show much permanent damage. He spent a month in the hospital and took a break for a year. Luckily enough, he has found himself a job in the design industry and decided to return to the society. However, he said that it is not so easy to live again in this society for him because Japanese society tends to not accept people who dropped out even once. Now he is working hard without telling anyone his past of attempting suicide. He said, "I do my best a little more as it is. I feel that I was saved by invisible some kind of will, so I must live".

"I was saved by my child."

Emi Asai, 35 years old has been suffering from depression and panic disorder which caused by a stress of work when she was 21 years old. One day five years ago, she made up in a face neatly and changed into a dress she loved and wrote a will at her room, then she intended to die and took medicine more than 300 tablets. Fortunately, she was found by her husband and was done gastric irrigation immediately at a hospital and escaped death. One year after she leaving a hospital, she became pregnant and a baby has made her get hope to live again. She said, "I still has been suffering from mental disorder and sometime I can not control myself. If I has not been given a child, I would commit suicide again. As far as there is my child, I must live for her". Now she helps her husband's company and studies to get a license of psychology counselor.

In 2012, the number of suicide fell below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years. However it is still high number throughout the world. There are about 300,000 people who attempted suicide in Japan and they are struggling to live like them I have covered.

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Saisei - Recovery (1 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jul 2011

Emi and her child's shoes in an entrance of their home. Tokyo, Japan. Apr. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (2 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 May 2011

Emi and her child playing with a broom are in an entrance of their home. Tokyo, Japan. Apr. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (3 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Aug 2011

Emi hugs her new born baby in a restaurant. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (4 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 May 2011

Emi, her cousin and their children sit a waiting seet in a restaurant. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (5 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Mar 2011

A pouch of chinese medicine on a table. Emi takes it every day to suppress the dejection of her mind since 21 years old. Tokyo, Japan. Oct. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (6 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Apr 2011

Emi and her child with a shoping bag in a car. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (7 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Mar 2011

Emi cooks in a kitchen and a familly picture put on a shelf. Her husband owns his small company and works ver hard as a president. Tokyo, Japan. Apr. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (8 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jun 2011

Emi and her child playing are in a child room. Tokyo, Japan. Sep. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (9 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jun 2011

A wedding picture of Emi. She married when she was 24 years old and then she was a hard woker as a sales women in a company. Two years after wedding, she attempted suicide. Tokyo, Japan. Sep. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (10 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 May 2011

Emi looks her child playing in a park. Tokyo, Japan. Oct. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (11 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Aug 2011

Emi and her child do watering to floweres. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (12 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Aug 2012

Taka wearing life jacket for his hoby, canoeing stands alone in a shore. Tokyo, Japan. Sep. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (13 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 May 2012

Taka comes out from a consulting room. He has seen to a hospital for psychological counseling once a month since he attempting suicide. Tokyo, Japan. Mar. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (14 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 May 2012

Taka stares at a wild cat on a road. Tokyo, Japan. Aug.2012

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Saisei - Recovery (15 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jun 2012

Taka in a train going back to his hometown. Tokyo, Japan. Sep. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (16 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 May 2012

Taka in a station with his friend who know his past of attempting suicide. Tokyo, Japan. Apr.2012

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Saisei - Recovery (17 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Mar 2012

Taka talks with his friend in a cafe. He has not told his past of attempting suicide to anyone except only this friend. Tokyo, Japan. Apr. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (18 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 May 2012

Taka stands on a crossing in a town. He is on a way to a hospital. Tokyo, Japan. Jun. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (19 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Apr 2012

Taka smokes a pipe in his room. Tokyo, Japan. Apr.2012

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Saisei - Recovery (20 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Mar 2012

Taka is relaxed with smoking a pipe in his room. Tokyo, Japan. Apr. 2012

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Saisei - Recovery (21 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Apr 2012

His table in a room. Taka can not arrange anything. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (22 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jun 2012

Taka is on a way to his home after working. He works hard untill midnight everyday. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (23 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jul 2012

Taka has a dinner alone every night. He takes couple of pills to surpress the dejection of his mind since he attempted suicide. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (24 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 May 2012

Taka is in a station. He takes a train to go to a company in rush hour every morning. Tokyo, Japan. Sep. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (25 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Jun 2012

Taka prays at a shrine every morning before going to his company since he attempted suicide. Tokyo, Japan. Oct. 2011

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Saisei - Recovery (26 of 26)
Tokyo, Japan
By satoruniwa
01 Mar 2013

Taka makes preparation for going to his company. He wakes up early every morning because it takes about one hour by a train to go to his company from his home. Tokyo, Japan. Aug. 2011