Ghost Letter

2024. 05

🔻Japanese is below

We are pleased to announce a two-person exhibition with Kentaro Takahashi at HIRO OKAMOTO, a gallery in Jingumae, Tokyo.
Although photography and painting are two different media, we have always felt that our works have something in common.
We hope that many people will come and see our works.

“Ghost Letter”
Exhibition Duration: 2024.06.08 – 06.23
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Access: HIRO OKAMOTO, K’s Apartment 103, 3-32-2, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan
* Please call “103” on the main entrance intercom when you come in.


Ghost Letter refers to phantom characters of unknown origin.

These characters are said to be the product of typographical errors and noise that got mixed up in the popular JIS Kanji code established in 1978, and 12 of them still exist like ghosts today.

No one knows how to read them or what they are used for, and no trace of their use has ever been found, making their existence doubtful.

Upon further investigation, it appears that the ghost characters were most likely the result of human error in the coding process, such as the accidental merging of different characters or the addition of extra lines.

The story seems to be that these errors were carved into the data and are still there to this day to avoid confusion.

Throughout history, letters have always changed and many words have disappeared. The existence of ghost letters seems to lie between the words that have already been lost and those that are used today.

The ghost letters, which have been mixed in by chance, are like shadows of letters that someone may have drawn in the past.

However, we have no way of confirming the truth. Even if the letters once had meaning, all we have left are their shapes.

This exhibition explores the ambiguity and certainty of memory, of things that do not exist but are familiar to us, through the mediums of painting and photography.

It is an attempt to quietly question how mysterious entities such as ghost characters affect our minds.

神宮前のギャラリー、HIRO OKAMOTO にて Kentaro Takahashi と二人展を開催します。

“Ghost Letter”
Exhibition Duration: 2024.06.08 – 06.23
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Access: HIRO OKAMOTO, 東京都渋谷区神宮前3丁目32-2 K’s Apartment 103


Ghost Letterとは幽霊文字と呼ばれる出所が不明な幻の文字を指す。