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— According to Japanese tradition, a person’s 60th birthday is special. It’s even more special for Eichi Watanabe because despite his illness, he is still alive and functioning reasonably well. Above him, the photographer Shisei Kuwabara takes a moment to reflect on Eichi’s words, no doubt remembering how his photographs of these patients in 1960 were among the first that documented the Minamata tragedy.