Searching for the island’s culture

What makes it Japanese

I am a photographer whose main focus is on the people and what’s happening in Japan today.
Through my lens, I see the problems that Japanese society is facing and by documenting how people are coping and eventually solving their problems in their own way, I often find a unique “Japanese-ness”.
In this process of following and documenting people in certain environment, I aim to reveal what it is that is very unique about Japan and people who live in the islands.

Emotive & Creative

The most important thing for me is to deliver those contents to the people who do not concern them. “Emotive & Creative” is my motto.

Subjects on Objects

I am trying to expand the documentary photography by treating not only the subjects focused on but also the objects printed on.

Profile

Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1978.
Graduated from University of Kyoto (major in ferrous metallurgy).
While in univ., wandered mainly Asia (China, Tibet, India, Pakistan and so on).
Came back to research activities of iron, but to watch through lens the people enjoying agriculture in Kyoto, realized what to do in my future.
Quitted graduate school, and turned to be a photographer.

Awards & Nominations

2018
International Center of Photography (USA) library collection
2018
“Domon Ken Prize” (JPN) finalist
2018
“Hayashi Tadahiko Prize” (JPN) finalist
2017
“Lucie Photo Book Prize” (USA) finalist
2016
“FOTO PREMIO” (JPN) grand prix
2009
“international Photography Awards” (USA) honorable mention

Book

2017
“Touch the forest, touched by the forest.”
AKAAKA Art Publishing Inc.

Exhibitions

2017
“Touch the forest, touched by the forest.”
Ginza Nikon Salon (JPN)
2016
“Touch the forest, touched by the forest.”
KonicaMinolta Plaza (JPN)
2005
“Kamogawa couples” neutron (JPN)
2000
“zero 0” ART-BOX Amfaire (JPN)

Media

2018
“Japan Photo Almanac”
2016
“CAPA” JUNE
2015
“Kaze no Tabibito” Vol.49
2014
“DAYS JAPAN” Vol.12 No.1

Lectures

2017
“PechaKucha Night Tokyo” vol.150 (JPN)
2005
“Shimamoto Cultual Exchange Association” (JPN)