Hajime Kimura



Mass/Remains is an on-going project that tries to discover the movement of the football histories during the 90s in former Yugoslavia which ended up to influence Japanese football milestone and could be connected to compose the current geopolitics that has been reconstructed by the societies of former Yugoslavia.

On 13 May 1990, at a football stadium in Zagreb, Red Star Belgrade vs Dinamo Zagreb. Through the TV in Japan, I still remember I just wondered why such a riot happened in a football game. A lot of spectators, hooligans and police all jumbled up and rolled into the field. They looked like a flock of waves rather than only a mob. I was 8 at that time, a couple of years before the professional football league (J-League) started in Japan. Over time, many Yugoslavian players came to Japan in the mid of the 90s, Dragan Stoikovich who was a great football player in the history of Europe was to join a football team, of course as a player. I was just excited without knowing why he had to play in Japan at the very peak of his career. I also played football when I was a teenager to be like him.

In 2016 in Belgrade, I met a Serbian man who was in the riot at that time and also whom I have watched several times in the football games in Tokyo when I was kids. His name is Miša Bukumirovic, 70, married with a Croatian wife and he has worked as a single official physiotherapist for Red Star Belgrade since 1986.


During my research for this project, Miša showed me a scrapbook which his daughter made to present for him. The scrapbook was full of his cropped images from newspapers and magazines in the 90’s. I just thought the note should be one of the important histories in the 90’s. From that point, I’d like to know how general media in former Yugoslavia broadcasted in 90’s in order to compare with personal history to understand “what could make history” and “what remains after all” being involved a general sport and personal memories including me.




Short Bio

Hajime Kimura is a Japanese photographer born in 1982. He was raised in the Chiba prefecture just outside Tokyo. Having studied architecture and anthropology in university, he began his career in 2006. In 2013, Hajime was awarded the 2nd prize at the Vattenfall Photo Award in Berlin. In 2014 he won the 3rd prize of Kassel photobook dummy award in Germany, and the book “ Scrapbook” was published in 2015. In recent, he has published “In search of lost memories” and “Snowflakes Dog Man” as handmade-book edition and “Path in between” published from L’Artiere Edizion in Paris in 2016. He is based in Japan and Switzerland.


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