Akira Otsubo

Shadow in the Mirror - Concept

Mirrors have played important roles in multiplying images which people have, in addition
to ordinary practical uses. Matsumae Ken, a mythologist, says, “People have identified
their shadows in the mirror with their spirits and souls in Japan. Especially ancient
Japanese people tried to find their own figures in the reflections on the water.”
(“An Investigation on Ancient Japanese Culture ‘Mirror’”)
One theorist writes that the origin of the word “kagami” (mirror) is “kagemi”(seeing
the shadow in the mirror).
Ancient Japanese people considered that shadows in the mirror were reflection of their
spirits and souls. Mirror is a necessary article of life.
In addition to casual use, mirror has been used for decoration and artistic works.
Mirror has an effect to expand our imaginations. Psychologist C.G Jung says,
“Our minds produce the real fact day by day.” It means that what we see as reality
is decorated by our imaginations, and the reality changes every day. We can create
psychological realities on a mirror. Mirrors can be said to be a medium that has
changeable and archetype images.



Shadow in the Mirror