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Artwork by YUSUKE HANAI
Sept. 05 - Oct. 02, Main Bar

20151004 Yusuke Hanai 500 

Since I was a very young boy, I have always loved to draw, but becoming an artist or an illustrator never even crossed my mind. My friends and I used to draw caricatures of interesting people that we encountered in our daily lives, and shared these images amongst ourselves for a laugh. I discovered surfing when I was in high school, when the older neighborhood surfers took me to the beach. The surfers that I encountered were all quite unique, extremely funny and sometimes utterly ridiculous. These strange characters fascinated me. They became the subject of many of my drawings.This show is the interesting, and often ridiculous aspects of surfing. I have learned so much from surfing and surfers and so there exists a plethora of interesting themes to work from. I love their individuality, how they live life with a passion, how they care about the environment, how they carry a sense of adventure, how they care deeply about their friends, how they care about their local environment, and how they try not to get caught up dragged into the system. This exhibition features illustrations I made for Surfer’s Journal along with other recent pieces.Yusuke Hanai has been exhibited in Australia, Brazil, California, London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo. His artwork is featured in BEAMS, VANS, NIXON, GRAVIS...etc.

http://hanaiyusuke.com
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june exhibition

DAYS OF LIGHT

Photo Exhibition by Peter Oxley
June 2 - July 6

Taken on travels around the countryside, this collection of arresting images by Peter Oxley shows ordinary people going about their daily lives and in so doing presents a vibrant portrait of Cambodia. Through these iconic images we see the country striving to recover its lost heritage and rebuild the basics of nationhood from the ravages of a genocidal war that saw up to 2,000,000 people lose their lives. The exhibit is also Peter Oxley's homage to the Cambodian people and their extraordinary resilience, optimism, indomitable spirit, natural grace, stoical dignity, and remarkable capacity to smile and radiate happiness even when faced with daunting challenges. As Peter says: "I wanted to take photos of happy people (too many Western photographers focus on the negative aspects of Third World countries) and, if truth be told, they weren't that difficult to find." Taken over a three-year period, the photographs were featured as a six-month show at the Angkor National Museum, followed by two months at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Siem Reap and a further month at the FCC in Phnom Penh, during the years 2011-2013. Although some eight years have passed since the images were taken, much of rural Cambodia remains the same, even if material wealth has trickled down from the fast-developing urban centers, bringing with it the questionable benefits of contemporary western progress such as motor vehicles, television, cell phones and the Internet.

Born in London, Peter Oxley has lived in Asia since the 1980s, working in diverse fields ranging from advertising to publishing to photography. He worked at the Japan Times, was Tokyo city editor for wcities.com, the world's first online city guide, and represented World Entertainment Network News (WENN) in Japan. As a photographer, his work has appeared in such publications as Time and Newsweek. He has regularly partnered with writer Virgil Calaguian, who produced and curated this exhibit, on articles covering a wide variety of topics including art, culture, history, architecture, travel, food, gardens, fashion, interior design, contemporary lifestyle, motor sports, movies and movie stars. From 2008 to 2014, Peter resided in Cambodia, where he built and owned a multi-awarded boutique hotel in Siem Reap, also in partnership with Virgil Calaguian. A permanent resident of Japan, Peter presently resides in Kamakura, where he is working on a picture book that will showcase the beauty of the historical town through the four seasons. He also runs photo tours to the temples, shrines, and gardens under the moniker Samurai Phototours. www.samuraiphototours.com

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To All Members:
Evidence NAGASAKI: within 1 km of Ground Zero
photo exhibition by Akira Matsumura
Aug. 1 - Sept. 4 Main Bar and Masukomi Sushi

aug.2015

It has been seventy years since the atomic bomb was dropped and Nagasaki now looks no different from other cities. Everything about the atomic bomb tends to be forgotten, seen as something from the past. Media coverage is more or less limited to the atomic bomb's anniversary, mainly news reports on the day of the ceremony. For this work, I photographed the atomic bomb remains and relics that were within one kilometer of the hypocenter at the time of the bombing. I sincerely hope these various close-up photographs will be remembered as the evidence for generations to come.

bio

Akira Matsumura was born in Kyoto in 1946. After studying photography at Nihon University, he worked for Mainichi Newspaper from 1965 - 2005. He has received considerable acclaim for his work, including the Tokyo Press Photographers Association Award for a photo series on the 50th year since the end of World War II. In addition, Matsumura has published several photo books and had a number of exhibitions. After leaving the newspaper, he taught photography at the Zokei Art College in Kyushu and in 2014 opened Matsumura Akira Photo School in Fukuoka City (Kyushu). Recently Matsumura published his photo book "Evidence NAGASAKI" which is the subject of this exhibition.

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OYAKO Parents & Children
Photo exhibition by Bruce Osborn 
Main Bar July 04 - 31, 2015
july.2015

I began taking photos of parents and children as a way of looking at Japanese culture and the changes from one generation to the next. In the 33 yr. since starting this series, I have taken thousands Oyako and the project has grown in ways I never expected. In 2003, my wife and I started Oyako Day social action which is on the 4th Sunday of July. On Oyako Day, I take photos of 100 families in an all day Super Photo Session. July 26 will be our 13th Oyako Day event. For more information about Oyako Day, go to the website.

www.oyako.org

* Photos in this exhibition are from an ongoing series I'm taking for Mainichi Newspaper.

bio

Originally from Los Angeles, Bruce Osborn has been based in Tokyo since 1980. His photos can be seen in numerous publications and advertisements, both in Japan and overseas. Bruce has gotten a number of awards and published several photo books. In addition, he shoots and directs TV commercials and music clips. In 2014, a movie was made about Bruce and his Oyako project.

oyakomovie.com
www.bruceosborn.com

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Japan Photo exhibition by Naoki Honjo
Main Bar June 6 - July 3

june.2015

Naoki Honjo is a renowned photographer with his unique photographing method of making a reality into unreal. With his 4x5 large format film camera, he adjusts a focal point and captures our daily lives that become a whole different world. His works point out how vague and ambiguous the universe that we assume we know is. He has been taking bird's?eye view photos of landscapes, cities, buildings, and artifacts of the present day around the world including USA, France, England,

Africa and China. Among them, he chose Japan to show the traditional architectures and landscapes.

Naoki Honjo

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1978.

He graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University Graduate School of Arts with a MFA in Media Art Course. Since then, he has had many solo exhibitions and participated group exhibitions including "Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in ontemporary Photography" that was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He received the 32nd Kimura Ihe Award with his first photo book, "small planet" in 2006. His works are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the useum of Fine Arts, Houston.

http://honjonaoki.com
http://napgallery.jp

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