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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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april exhibition 

Sakura, and Words of Cherish and Love
The faint, pale feelings of the distant past
Calligraphy and Photography and Exhibition by Rekitei Harada and Akinobu Oguchi
Exhibition: March 31 - April 27, 2018

This art is a photo collection printed on the Japanese "Washi" paper, brushed over by the Japanese art of Shodo (Calligraphy). Focusing on the Sakura (Cherry Tree) which is the soul of every Japanese person, the words of cherish and love from the past are integrated. We live and suffer by naturally falling into love, being tormented between the feelings of hope and despair. This "law of nature" which also existed during the times of Man-you (around the 8th century), left the words and thoughts of the people expressing their commitment to love at that time. When these words and thoughts are expressed through Shodo, the ever-slight, and ever-pale memories may be revived.

Rekitei Harada
Born 1940 in Sasebo of Nagasaki Prefecture, Harada began Shodo at the age of 17.
His work was selected by The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition in 1978. He received the Grand-Prix Prize in the 36th Mainichi Shodo Exhibition, and became one of the judges in 1984, the same year when he exhibited his work "Yousetsu" in the Nihon Kokuji Exhibition in Seattle, Washington. In 1989, he was the first foreign national to be selected as one of the "Eight Students" of Soui Oh in the Yu Zhao Shan Fang in Taiwan. In 2010, Harada's works such as his calligraphy "Dankin" and his screen art "Kyougakusouchou" have been stored as a collection in the Taiwan National Art University. Harada currently resides in Shiki, Saitama Prefecture, and still a judges for the Mainichi Shodo Exhibition, is also a part of the Print Coterie of Taiwan, and is a permanent steering committee member as well as a judge for the Tokyo Shosakuten.

Akinobu Oguchi
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1956, Oguchi made his professional debut as a photographer in 1973. He signed a contract with a famous magazine as a mountaineering photographer in 1988, and in 2007 became a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society. He held his "Tibet Kamu Shoujo Junrei" gallery in 2009, and was televised in the special feature program of photographers for NHK in 2013. The Art Museum of Shizuoka Prefecture held a section featuring the works of Oguchi in 2016. Still living in Shizuoka prefecture, Oguchi's most recent accomplishments were in Taiwan and China, where he held his own exhibitions.

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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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