148mm × 210mm  60 pages, hardcover, offset print
1st Edition of 1000
Publication date: October 2018
2000yen + tax

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A collection of works by illustrator Makiko Minowa.

This collection includes works depicting scenes with cars from all over the world, old and new, from famous cars to popular cars, such as Volvo 240, Cadillac Eldorado, Nissan Pao, Datsun Fairlady, and Toyota Crown.




“It helps me from being alone late at night”
“I’ve got the world, got the turnpike”
from “Roadrunner” by Jonathan Richman





In the summer when I was 18 years old and had just gotten my driver’s license, I borrowed my father’s car and headed to the beach at night with my friends. We enjoyed fireworks on the beach, talked in the car, and waited for the sun to rise. When the horizon was illuminated by the light, I felt that I had grown up a little.

In the 20th century, our daily lives changed drastically with the spread of mass-market cars. It freed us from timetables (no more waiting for a bus that may or may not come, no more restricting our activities to the departure time of a train), and enabled us to move beyond our physical capabilities (dozens of times faster in search of yet unseen scenery).

“It helps me from being alone late at night”
“I’ve got the world, got the turnpike”
from “Roadrunner” by Jonathan Richman

My powerful partner, the car, made it possible for me to escape from “here”. If I wanted to, I could go anywhere. Through the mirror, I look at the scenery I’ve passed. I step on the gas pedal as if to shake off the past I left behind.

Makiko Minowa’s landscapes with cars from various countries and eras remind us of the many stories of people and cars. Where are they going, and where have they come back from? Some of the cars are shiny and polished, while others are battered, as if running is enough. There are men who have gained their freedom, wandering around without a fixed destination or rushing to their lover in the middle of the night on a super express, and there is a girl who watches the changing scenery of the car window with dissatisfaction, regardless of her own will.

Today, automated driving systems using AI technology are being developed for practical use, and research on flying cars is also underway. The era of cars in which we take the wheel ourselves is coming to an end. When this becomes a reality, our relationship with cars will be completely different from what it is now. It may not be long before “landscapes with cars” like the one depicted here come to make their home in our memories and stories.


箕輪 麻紀子 / makiko minowa

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