Photographer Maki Hayashida is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From the ongoing project ‘BEFORE THROWN AWAYTo see Maki’s body of work, click on any image.


On March 14th, 2020
At studio

T-shirt, Cotton 50%, Polyester 50%
“I bought the jacket at a high-brand outlet when I got my first bonus ever. I liked it so much and had worn it for about 10 years. I got a T-shirt as an overseas souvenir from an relative. I didn’t know what team it was and I didn’t have a chance to wear it. “
Sweater (blue), Cotton 100%,
Sweater (white), Cotton 98%,Polyester   2%
Pants, Cotton 95%, Polyurethane   5%
“Mother let him wear this orange pants a lot because she liked them. It’s the pants which he had worn the most since he could walk.”
Coat, Cotton 67%, Polyester  33%,(lining)Cupra 100%
Sweater, Acrylic 52%, Wool 31%, Nylon 16%, Polyurethane 1%
Pants, Wool 99%, Polyurethane   1%,(lining)Polyester  100%
“These are the sweater and pants which I’ve got before my child’s birth. I’d liked them so much that I couldn’t throw them away.”


On March 14th, 2020
At studio

Jacket, Polyester 100%
“I bought the jacket just after my eldest son was born. It worked a lot as my business outfit.”
Shirt, Cotton 100%
“These are the clothes I’ve got from a friend of the kindergarten who has gone to England. We were very close and often played together at Kiba Park, Kiyosumi Park, and Botancho Park. I wonder if I can see him again.”
Shirt, Cotton 100%
“I bought this when my second son was born. I used it so much that the fabric became so thin.”
Shirt, Cotton 100%
“I wore this many times in kindergarten and elementary school. When I was in kindergarten, I had a habit of biting its neck, so the neck had grown.”
Shirt, Cotton 100%
“I was wondering if he could wear more, but my third son was bigger than the two above and he couldn’t wear it anymore.”


On March 14th, 2020
At studio

Apron, Cotton 100%
“The apron I wore every day since I started working at this place. I’ve used it up, so I’m going to make a new one. It became smell like fish, smell like oil, and lost its color so on. It got dirty as much as I cooked, which I loved it. “
Japanese Apron, Cotton 100%
“I started wearing it as work clothes just around last year. Last year, I kept running with all my strength, and I felt frustrated, but on the other hand, I learned a lot. This apron represents a store, and it is also like a comrade who ran through with me. In addition to the apron’s dirtiness, I was thinking of changing my mind at the timing of the anniversary, so I decided to say goodbye with it. Thanks and moving on to the next step.”


On May 3rd, 2020
At home

Hoodie, Cotton 100%
Shirt, Cotton 100%
Pants, Cotton 100%
Coat, Unknown
“I made it when I have to left my 0-year daughter in a nursery school. She wore it every day on cold days. She can still wear it, but I’ve decided to throw it away because all the quilting on the back has worn out by the slide at park and the buttons has become in danger. She’s been wearing it for so long that I couldn’t throw it away normally. “
Shirt, Cotton 100%
Pants, Cotton 100%


“Before Thrown Away”

by Maki Hayashida & Daisuke Shirabe

Everybody appearing in this photography series is wearing clothes to be thrown away.

In here, “clothes to be thrown away” are not only defined as those to be disposed, but also included collection by local governments or used apparel shops, secondary sales at flea markets or Mercari, gifts, donations, and so on. Participants in this project look at their tags of “clothes to be thrown away” after taking the commemorative photos, and record the materials with their memories.

While researching the social issues on mass production, mass consumption, and mass disposal in Japan, the current state of the apparel industry caught my eye. Then, when I learned that chemical fibers or mixed fiber materials are difficult to recycle, I realized that I didn’t care anything about the clothing materials when disposing them, even though I cared a lot when purchasing. I ended up that focusing on the material of clothes to be disposed would be a meaningful step in reconsidering how to live with clothing in this modern society.

In Japanese society, there was no idea to think of clothing as garbage in the first place. It is said that the clothing is incinerated just after the 1960s, during the period of high economic growth, when mass production became possible at low cost, and The consciousness of disposing of it as garbage was born. On the other hand, today’s wide variety of clothing plays a role beyond the physical protection function in human life in society. Due to the fact clothing is an essential part of life, my attemption is to make each person be aware that we should not consume more than necessary. In order not to overproduce them.

*The shoot has started since March 2020, which is just before COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.

*All participants are residents of my neighborhood.

*All photos have been shoot either at the studio, homes, or Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome. Yumenoshima is a district in my neighborhood, consisting of an artificial island built using waste landfill. The source of Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome heat is waste heat from trash burning at the adjacent incineration plant.


On August 8th, 2020
At Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome

Shirt, Cotton 100%
Pants, Cotton 65%, Rayon 35%, (lining) Polyester  100%
Sandals, Unknown
“I bought the shirt about 10 years ago, but now my taste has changed. I haven’t had a chance to wear pants because the lining is too thick. About 10 years ago, I liked Asian miscellaneous goods and to wear Asian clothes, but as I got older, I started to wear calm clothes. Recently I have a lot of time at home, so I’m disposing of clothes I don’t wear.”
Shirt, Cotton 100%
Half Pants, Cotton 100%
Sandals, Unknown
“I bought him the shirt at a thrift shop, but he has never had a chance to wear it. The half pants has become smaller in size. As for the sandals, the sand comes in when playing in the park, so he rarely put them recently. Even though we the parents want him to wear, the child has started to choose his own clothes, so there are a lot of unselected clothes. I’m giving them to my acquaintances, but I can’t throw away my favorite ones.”
Shirt, Cotton 100%
Half Pants, Nylon     63%, Coolplus    27%, Spandex    10%
Sandals, Unknown
” I bought the shirt a few years ago and wore it only once. I bought more flip-flops every year and dispose of it. I liked the shorts very much, but when I played with my kid on the slider in the park, I made a hole in my butt of the shorts. Since then, I’ve been slipping on the slide without my butt. “


On August 8th, 2020
At Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome

T-Shirt, Polyester   65%, Cotton 35%
Pants, Wool 71%, Polyester  21%, Nylon5%, Acrylic 2%, Polyurethane 1%, (separate cloth)Polyester  65%, Cotton 35%, (lining)Polyester  100%
“I bought the T-shirt before my trip about 7 years ago. I liked it so much that I kept wearing it until the fabric was worn out. I liked the pants so bought it, but it was at the last minute size even at the time of purchase. As expected, I didn’t have much chance to wear it. I felt sorry and I couldn’t let it go. But now I would like other people to wear it. “
Dress, Polyester   65%, Rayon     35%
Shoes, (instep)Cotton (bottom)Glum
“I bought the dress five years ago, in our first summer together before marriage. That was before to go on a trip to Kagawa. The shoes are Tom’s, the third generation, and I’m already wearing the fourth generation. The third black ones were easy to be coordinated, and I couldn’t throw it away because its hole wasn’t noticeable. But I decided to throw it away because it became too dirty. The best memory with this third generation was that I went on a trip to Thailand with my friends three years ago. “


On August 8th, 2020
At Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome

Dress, Cotton   100%
Pants, Cotton  89%, Polyester 11%
“Most of the clothes I buy for my daughter are dresses. This is one of them. She grows quickly and the dress is about to be small in size.”
Shirt, Polyester 100%
Pants, Cotton  87%, Polyester 9%, Polyurethane 4%
“I bought the shirt when I was pregnant. I could wear it even in maternity. I bought many denims to go to the park, so that I will dispose some of them to reduce the number of clothes. This is one of them.”


On August 8th, 2020
At Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome

Hat, Hemp      50%, Cotton     50%
Shirt, Rayon    65%, Cotton      35%
“It’s a memorable hat I wore every year when I went to Fuji Rock Festival. I’ve used it for about 6 years. It got so dirty from last year’s heavy rain that I bought a similar hat, which made me decided to dispose of it. I was pregnant just three years ago, and when my stomach was too big, a lady in my neighborhood gave the shirt to me and said that this could fit me so I’d kept wearing it for a long time. Now, I decided to give it up because my mother would wear it. I couldn’t wear it because of its large size and unique pattern nowadays. “
Hat, Paper    100%
Shirt, Cotton    100%
Pants, Cotton    100%
“This is the first hat I bought since she was born. I miss the days of wearing this hat and walking around. It quickly became smaller. The shirt and pants are those I’ve got from a friend. It became small without wearing even once, so I let her wear it last. I will give it to my relative or friend. I was wondering if she could wear it someday, but in a blink of an eye she had grown up faster and couldn’t wear the clothes. I realize I should let her wear clothes when she can. I’m happy with her growth, but I’d be a little lonely. “


On September 6th, 2020
At home

Dress, Polyester  100%
“After giving birth, somehow I didn’t feel good to wear clothes which I just want to wear. At that time, my friend said to me that she kept wearing what she wanted to wear no matter what her boyfriend said. Her words made me bought this dress. I didn’t have many chances to wear it because it is pure white, but it was definitely my favorite one.”
Dress, Coton    100%
“It is the clothes I’ve always wanted since I knew that my baby was a girl, and I bought it myself at the very beginning after giving birth. It’s pure white, soft, and my daughter with this dress is really cute like an angel. But I knew that my daughter was an angel even if she didn’t wear this outfit. “
T-shirt, Coton    100%
“This summer was the first summer for my daughter to walk on her own, so I went to the park with her many times with this T-shirt. I decided to throw it away because I couldn’t get rid of the dirt and sweat. This is a very memorable T-shirt though.”


Featured Image

Jacket, Polyester   100%

Shirt, Polyester  60%, Cotton  40%

Pants, Polyester  80%, Wool 20%

“I arranged them when my child entered the kindergarten. The graduation ceremony had been canceled, so the shooting was a good memorial.”


All images and text © Maki Hayashida & Daisuke Shirabe



See also:

East Tokyo | Portraits

By Maki Hayashida





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