Left Eye of Shinjuku
In the decade of the 90’s Japan suffered a severe economic dislocation and many people lost their jobs and their homes. Communities of homeless people living in tents and cardboard shelters sprang up. One such community was at the Shinjuku train station in Tokyo. A group of artists with the residents permission began painting the cardboard shelters. Periodically the authorities would dismantle the shelters but they were soon replaced with others which the artists would again paint.
One day in 1998 a fire swept through the community and 5 people died. The people who survived were placed in permanent housing.