Clément Paradis

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Hot Like a Sauna

During the summer, Japan is hot like a sauna, moist, and going slightly mad – or depressed. In the streets of Tokyo and Osaka, people try to spare their energy and take advantage of any covers they can find. As the traffic slows down, the heavy machinery of the cities becomes more palpable: the constant noise of the air conditioning systems echoes in the streets, the buzz of the light signs accompany them, and the refrigerated trucks keep on provisioning the shops with fresh fish, rice and ice creams. Depending on the districts, the atmosphere oscillates between an amusement park for tired people and a neon-lit abandoned spaceship. At night, under the surveillance of all kinds of propaganda, the colors fade and change but the heat is still there. It is finally a good time to gather in an air-conditioned karaoke until the last train takes you back home under the purple, forever starless sky…

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