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Japanese Thatched Houses
Photo exhibition by Kiyoshi Takai
Main Bar and Masukomi Sushi
Jan 10, 2015 - Feb 6, 2015



When people began to live on the Japanese archipelago, the first houses they constructed all had thatched roofs. Despite being extremely labor intensive to make, thatched roofs have relatively limited durability and provide no protection against fire. However, thatch possesses numerous advantages, making it an ideal material: it is comparatively light, readily available and easy to apply to the roof, it keeps the house cool in summer, warm in winter and it muffles the sound of the rain, a definite benefit in a wet country like Japan. The roof is the part of the house most visible from the outside, so close attention was paid to its construction. As techniques developed, experience and wisdom were applied to the construction of even the most insignificant parts, leading to regional characteristics and individuality, demonstrating the authority of the owner and creating the atmosphere of the district. They are the product of the unique Japanese sense of formative and functional beauty that was itself developed beneath them. The number of thatched roofs is destined to dwindle in the future and unfortunately they will never return. As I took these photographs I felt sorrow at the loss of the traditional Japanese house that has been passed down to us from our distant ancestors.

Kiyoshi Takai graduated from Nihon University and employed as an architect photographer at Taisei Corporation from 1962 to 1988. After leaving Taisei, he continued his career as a freelance photographer, focusing on his lifetime project of photographing traditional Japanese buildings. Takai has won a number of awards and published several photo books.
In addition to his photography, he also teaches photography at Nihon University.

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


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.

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.

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


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.

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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.



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)

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 FCCJ Sept 6 - Oct 3 Photo Exhibition

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

TorinBoyd exhibition

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.

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