October 23, 2020

The giant’s miniature garden: Masayuki Aramaki’s Pyongyang odyssey

The Japanese filmmaker has been to North Korea 35 times, meticulously capturing daily life. Why does he keep going back?

Most North Korea watchers and researchers are lucky if they can visit the country a couple of times in their lives, but Masayuki Aramaki has gone more than 30 times over the course of 20 years.

Describing himself as a “photo documentarist,” Aramaki’s numerous trips to the DPRK give the impression that he has greater access than the average foreigner.