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". My aim is to reveal what causes the uniqueness of Japan and people who live in the islands.

the Stories of contact points

When a person, a thing, a place, time, or a thought is contacting with the other, something happens. I should clue in the interactions attracting us. Every work of mine is based on that idea. The style of storytelling is effective to understand the occurrences on the contact points.

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. 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 more).
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

2020
"London International Creative Competition"(UK) HM
2020
"Domon Ken Prize"(JPN) finalist
2020
"Hayashi Tadahiko Prize"(JPN) finalist
2019
"Critical Mass"(USA) finalist
2019
"International Photography Awards"(USA) HM
2019
"Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris"(FRA) HM
2018
International Center of Photography (USA) library collection
2018
"Domon Ken Prize"(JPN) finalist
2018
"Hayashi Tadahiko Prize"(JPN) finalist
2018
"The Japan Book Design Award"(JPN) accepted
2017
"Lucie Photo Book Prize"(USA) finalist
2016
"FOTO PREMIO"(JPN) grand prix
2009
"International Photography Awards"(USA) HM

Books

2019
"MOTHER"
AKAAKA Art Publishing Inc.
2017
"Touch the forest, touched by the forest."
AKAAKA Art Publishing Inc.

Exhibitions

2020
"Hands to a Mass"
Photo Promenade in Nikon Plaza Nagoya (JPN)
2019
"MOTHER"
Canon Gallery Osaka (JPN)
2019
"Hands to a Mass"
Photo Promenade in Nikon Plaza Ginza (JPN)
2019
"MOTHER"
Canon Gallery Ginza (JPN)
2017
"Touch the forest, touched by the forest."
Ginza Nikon Salon (JPN)
2017
"Touch the forest, touched by the forest."
Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall (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

2020
"local newspapers" via Kyodo News
2019
"local newspapers" via Kyodo News
2019
"Sanyo newspaper"
2019
"Asahi Camera"
2019
"Canon Photo Circle"
2019
"CAPA" September
2019
"web cameraman"
2018
"Japan Photo Almanac"
2018
"Meisou Shashinkan"
2017
"Dokushojin"
2017
"artscape"
2016
"CAPA" June
2015
"Kaze no Tabibito" Vol.49
2014
"DAYS JAPAN" Vol.12 No.1

Lectures

2018
Photographer’s Talk Live #11 (JPN)
2018
"AKAAKA Talks" (JPN)
2017
"PechaKucha Night Tokyo" vol.150 (JPN)
2005
"Shimamoto Cultural Exchange Association" (JPN)