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White Moment (Main Bar)
photo exhibition by Yoshiro Higai
Exhibition Dec 6, 2014 - Jan 9, 2015

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Higai first began skateboarding in 1978 after seeing the movie "Kenny and Company".
A few years later, he bought a single-lens reflex camera and started photographing his skater friends.

While studying photography in college, Higai was asked to take a "Snow Surfing Race"
Little did he know, this assignment was the start of a career that has spanned over 30 years.
Through the thrill he gets from snowboarding and skateboarding, along with a devotion to taking photographs in challenging places, Higai continues to stay at the top of the action.

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Yoshiro Higai's work can be seen in numerous snowboarding, skateboarding, and outdoor magazines. In addition he published his photo book "Cold Frame" and produces "Turn" and "gyogan zine" magazines
To see more of his work, visit his website.
http://yoshirohigai.com

The Exhibitions Committee

 

TOKYO POP
photo exhibition by Androniki Christodoulou
Main Bar & Masukomi Sushi
Nov 1 - Dec 5, 2014 

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TOKYO POP is a collection of photos taken over a period of 10 years. An ongoing visual diary from the streets, the people, assignments, and sometimes just because I had my camera. Japan's unique and colorful popular culture was one of the reasons I first came and I'm still captivated by it. The mixture between tradition and new trends, uniformity and the extremes, there is space for everything. Popular culture in Tokyo isn't something that is fixed. It flows and changes faces, but there are always these special moments and people who create its highlights. I try to capture the mood of the places and situations as I experienced them in these transient moments.

Androniki Christodoulou was born in Greece and studied photography in Athens and London. Following a successful career in Greece that included photographing the 2004 Athens Olympics, she moved to Tokyo. Her photos can be seen in a number of Japanese and international publications including The Times, Der Spiegel, Marie Claire, Businessweek, and Sotokoto along with corporate clients such as Apple Japan. Books include "OTAKU SPACES" and self published "UNDERWORLD". Androniki's main focus continues to be documenting life in Japan as she expands her horizons to include other Eastern and Southeastern Asian countries.

http://androniki.com/

The Exhibitions Committee

 

the NOREN Exhibition "YURA-YURA"
producers: Kontetsu & Shin Nakamura
exhibition in the Main Bar
Oct 4 - Oct. 31, 2014

 

NOREN, a fabric partition, is linked to Japanese culture and tradition. Since olden days, it has been used as a facade for signage or interior partitions. The first know usage of the word NOREN were in ZEN textbooks during in the Kamakura-era. In the Edo-era, with progress of dyeing and weaving technology, it became widely used by the general public. Inside or outside, ordinary or extraordinary, NOREN fabric gently provides a separation of space. In this day and age, with a need for more global understanding and respect for diversity, we would like to take the notion of a NOREN, swinging and swaying, as an alternative to building walls of separation. This is our "YURA-YURA" concept.

Kontetsu and Shin Nakamura is 3rd and 4th generation of the NAKAMURA Inc. which produced Kimono making in Kanda Tokyo. Recently Kontetsu had been planning traditional culture events and workshops for next generation. In last spring, their company made a "Big-Noren" for the opening event at the Nihonbashi Redevelopment. Its theme was "Tradition and Innovation". Now NAKAMURA Inc. is promoting more NOREN projects to create a new standard for facade signage and interior partitions.

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project members:
Risa Kojo (art direction)
Kiyoshi Takai (photo)
Miho Takenoshita (photo)
Everett K. Brown (photo)
Makoto Hakuba (noren design)
Hitoshi Shirai (weaving)
Shiro Nakani (dyeing)
Akiko Nishida (dyeing)
Masahiro Morioka (sewing)
Tadahiro Konoe (graphic)
Shouryu Hatoba (graphic)
Tenyu (graphic)
Mie Ishii (graphic)

The Exhibitions Committee 

 FCCJ Sept 6 - Oct 3 Photo Exhibition

Patterns: photo exhibition by Torin Boyd
Main Bar & Masukomi Sushi
Sept. 6 - Oct. 3, 2014

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This series of images were taken over several years and are the result of a subconscious effort. That is, I had never sought out to create a body of work in which patterns and shapes were a common denominator. That all changed one day in 2003 when I was editing my work to build a new portfolio. In looking over my many images, I realized I'd been utilizing patterns on a regular basis for both my professional and personal work. I had developed a photographic style without even knowing it. Presented here are a selection of what I feel are my best pattern images. They span over two decades with many being taken while on assignment for such publications as National Geographic, Newsweek, Fortune, US News & World Report, Business Week, Time, New York Times, and the in-flight magazine of Japan Airlines. Several are images that never made it to print and are being shown for the first time.

Profile: American photojournalist Torin Boyd has been based out of Tokyo, Japan since 1986, concentrating his work on modern day Japan and Asia. He has worked in over twenty countries and throughout the 1990s, was a contract photographer for U.S. News and World Report. He has photographed for many of the World's leading magazines and newspapers, and prior to his career in Japan, was a newspaper photographer in Florida during the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as a photographer for NASA and various surfing magazines. He has also participated on several publishing projects including the popular Day In the Life of book series, as well as co-authoring two books on Japanese photographic history. He is represented by the photo agency Polaris Images of New York.
Website: www.torinboyd.com

The Exhibitions Committee

Saltwater Sky
Photography exhibition by Mitsuyuki Shibata
Main Bar Aug. 2 - Sept. 5

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The daily view of the sea spreads before me. To capture it was the only thing that matters. Searching and hoping to meet something new in the same hours, on the same beaches. The sea had not changed or rather, it invites me with greater beauty than before. In the winter, standing on the coastline before the dawn, a deep silence takes over the place, creating a sensation of melting the camera and me into an infinitely changing space and time. Sereneness and openness, more than any words could ever say.

Mitsuyuki Shibata: Movie & Still Cameraman A dedicated surfer, the sea continues to be the center or his life and work. Shibata's romantic and emotional photographs have been embraced, not only by the world of surfing, but within the general population at large. Amongst his published works are; 'Daze' (Marine Planning), 'Lei' (World Photo Press), 'Kaimana Hila Home' (Shueisha Inc.), 'Summer Bohemians' and 'Saltwater Sky' (Bueno Books). The Exhibitions Committee  

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