The Case of T&S 2020; Good Bye My Father


<<The Case of T&S; Good Bye Father>> was shown as a result of works shop which I was invited as a guest work shop a guest workshop leader on martial arts to investigate a relation between love and violence through working with martial art groups in Dili.

I was not sure what I could show next to the performance of violence by people from Timor-Leste. Only violence I can think of is that our family decided to watch my father’s death at home last year, and he suffered so much at the end of his life.Living in Japan, I don’t really see real violence in everyday life, rather violence does not take physical form anymore. For some people violence is a form of communication and entertainment, or we talk about harassment all the time. Japan is more or less in a peaceful state but I feel how we humans are helpless. We need to keep making new friends and learn from each other.


唯一の私が思いつく暴力といえば、昨年、私の父の死を家族で自宅で看取ったことです。父は人生の最後にとても苦し見ました。ビデオ作品<The Case of T&S 2020; Good Bye Father|お父さん、さようなら>>では父の最後の息を引き取るところを見せました。 



A Photography Exhibition’7,610-kilometer Distance: Finally, We’ve Met One Another’byREKREATIF photographers from Timor-LesteFine art students from Silpakorn Universityand Kyoko Ebata, a guest artist from Japan1-24 AprilPSG Art GallerySilapakorn University, Bangkok

  • About the new video work in progress

Kyoko Ebata’s father died of advanced cancer after a 22-year battle with the aftereffects of a brain hemorrhage. Due to the Corona disaster, her family decided to take care of him at home.

With so little information, Ebata was not able to make rational judgments as she stayed next to him day and night, thinking that she had to say goodbye to him at the moment of his death.

Tasting the pain of not being able to help someone who was suffering in front of you and the fear of having their life or death in our hands, we hardly left his side for two months, watching him dying, saying goodbye twice, and the third time he really went.

The love of his family for him to live was violent in a way, and he would have liked to die right away, but because of his love for his family, he survived and met his end. The regret that everyone must feel is that there must have been another way to make him feel better, and it is important to tell the story of his death to the next generation.

The “end-of-life care” that is currently being promoted in the Corona disaster is completely different from the great deaths welcomed by large families in pre-modern times, and completely new from the “end-of-life care” at home in today’s nuclear family-oriented society. We need more knowledge and an auditing system.

While there are still people who see it as unavoidable to kill those who do not want to die if it is war, those who want to die have no right to die. How to deal with this contradiction only adds to the confusion. Have we changed in any way? Have we become happier? I feel the need to know more about death.

The end-of-life care of her father was also an opportunity for her to reflect on her mother, with whom she had a long history of disagreements and had hardly spoken to for over 20 years. She discovers her mother’s complex and deep love for her father, and is perplexed by the reality that her mother, who has lost her father as a guardian, is gradually accepting that her daughter is becoming a guardian as she ages, but Ebata feels that aging is gradually creeping up on her as well.

While having conversations with Utamura, who is raising her child, about life and death, love and sorrow, she also feels the importance of sharing these experiences with many people.

Currently, Ebata is working on a documentary about her father’s end-of-life care and a film about life and death based on her research of folk traditions passed down from generation to generation, centering on the old well in the house where her father grew up.










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