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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.
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201808 exhibition 

DOUDOU BEACH -------Poetry of Sand-------

Aug. 4 - 31, 2018

The Enshunada coastline on the Pacific Ocean (stretching approximately 110km. from Omaezaki in Shizuoka Prefecture to Irago Cape on the tip of the Atsumi Peninsular in Aichi Prefecture) includes several areas of sand dunes. Strong winds,tidal currents and rough seas wash up the rock and sand that has been deposited by the Tenryugawa River to create sand dunes. The Nakatajima sand dunes are the most famous of these, but there are other small areas of sand dunes dotted along the coast. The Doudou sand dunes on the Atsumi peninsular are one example of these and cover an area of approximately 80 meters by 120 meters. The mountains behind the beach comprise of clay soil and over the years, they have gradually eroded, the clay and sand creating strata within the sand dunes. This causes the surface to dry at different speeds, creating surrealistic, mysterious designs in the surface, presenting elements that resemble contemporary art but surpass human imagination. However, these great works, produced by the got of creativity, disappear in the course of a single night so I try to capture the momentary, once-in-a lifetime images of the "drama of sand" on film.

1941 Born in Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture
1963 Graduated from the Economics Department of Aichi University.
(Had been active in the photographic club while in university)
Worked in a financial institution before becoming a freelance photographer in 1966.
Published several series of work in magazines and newspapers while also acting as a judge for numerous photographic magazines.
1999 Received the Toyohashi Culture Award.
2003 Exhibited works at the '3rd World Water Forum' in Kyoto
Currently lecturer at the NHK Culture Center (1981-) and Aichi University Open College.
Member of Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS)
Solo Exhibitions: Nikon Salon, FUJI Photo Salon, PENTAX Gallery, Kodak Photo Salon, Toyohashi City Museum of Art and History, etc.
Publications: over 30 books including "Photo Salon: The Coloring of the Seasons" (Genkosha) "Walking in the Rain" (Shogakukan) and "Seasonal Flowers" (Chunichi Shinbun)

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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


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.


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

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.

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


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.

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


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.

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