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The Book of Distance


En 1935, Yonezo Okita quitte sa maison d’Hiroshima, au Japon, pour se rendre au Canada. Puis, la guerre et le racisme viennent tout changer. Trois générations plus tard, son petit-fils Randall nous convie à un pèlerinage interactif dans le paysage émotionnel de l’immigration et de la famille pour recouvrer ce qui a été perdu.

In 1935, Yonezo Okita left his home in Hiroshima, Japan, for a new life in Canada. Then war and racism changed everything. Three generations later, his grandson, artist Randall Okita, leads us on an interactive virtual pilgrimage through an emotional geography of immigration and family to recover what was lost.
The Book of Distance blends techniques from mechanical sculpture, film, and stage to redefine personal storytelling in virtual reality. Family archives add a haunting layer of realism. 2D and 3D hand-crafted sets reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, evocative character design, and seamless choreography combine with surprising moments of interaction to gently whisk us across the ocean and through the years.
Okita invites us to participate in this generous act of imagination: a space of magical theatre and generational echoes. He never strays too far from our side as we move through the story’s darker moments. His need to reclaim his grandfather’s lost moments becomes our own. Together we reimagine a government’s attempt to erase a community, and make The Book of Distance a place where lost moments journey back home.