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Exhibition: Main Bar & Masukomi Sushi

May 9 - June 5, 2015

Tombo photo exhibition by Hiroshi Tanaka

"Tombo" is the Japanese word for dragonfly and there are over 200 varieties throughout Japan. They are a popular insect and the subject for children songs. Dragonflies are considered good luck as they always fly forward and never back. A theme of this series is, "the view seen from a child's perspective". Instead of using a net to catch my dragonflies, I capture them with my camera.

Hiroshi Tanaka
Born in Kobe-shi, Hyogo in 1963. Tanaka's weekday job is a businessman, but on the weekends, he clicks into action as a photographer.
Exhibitions includes "Hiroshi Tanaka's World - the Tombo Diary" at the Kashiwazaki City Museum along with being included in the "Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape" at the Museum of Modern Art. He is an active member of the Japan Professinal Photographers Society (JPS), Society of Scientific Photography (SSP), and Japanese Society for Odonatology.

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FCCJ Apr 4 - May 8 Photo Exhibition
Selection from the Young Portfolio Acquisitions
(Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts)
Photo Exhibition in Main Bar and Masukomi Sushi
The dates for the show from April 4 - May 8, 2015


In 1995, K'MoPA opened as a photographic museum in Kiyosato, Yamanashi Prefecture. The greater part of our activities are focused to the 'Photographs by the Next Generation: Young Portfolio' project. This cultural program is aimed at helping youth develop through photography. It is our wish to present young people with a challenge, pass on the fundamentals of photography, and open up a future for them and for photography. We believe that 'through cultivating people, culture can thrive'.

The 'Young Portfolio' is highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad for its internationalism and achievements. Over the last 20 years, it has received 112,259 works by 9,466 photographers from 74 countries. A number of these photos have been acquired for the museum's permanent collection. This exhibition consists of works by Japanese photographers, selected from the Young Portfolio' archives.

Eikoh Hosoe, Director

List of artists: Issui Enomoto (1977), Miyoko Ihara (1981), Takuma Imamura (1980), Ryo Kameyama (1976), Kenji Kawamoto (1977), Tomoaki Makino (1980), Mariko Sakaguchi (1987), Noboru Taguchi (1980), Hisako Sakurai (1969), and Kaori Yoshihara (1980)

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What the Fukushima Nuclear Explosion Did to Our Beloved Rose Garden 

Photo Exhibition in Main Bar and Masukomi Sushi

March 7 - April 3, 2015

Organized by Maya Moore & Hisako Matsuda featuring photos from several photographers


As we memorialize the 4th anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and meltdown of Fukushima's nuclear plant, it cannot be denied that the general mood in and out of Japan is that of disinterest. For the victims of that tragic day, perhaps the most distressing aspect now is the lack of concern and detachment by the rest of the world. It is of vital importance, to imagine what it must be like to lose family, home, livelihood, and dreams. This photo exhibition of Futaba Rose Garden, located 8 kilometers away from the nuclear plant, gives an entirely unique, current, and personal perspective to the on-going devastation experienced by the residence of Fukushima. The contrast between the magnificent and vibrant roses blooming in their prime, and the haunting images of the present garden is nothing short of shocking. In their silent ways, the roses represent the profound anguish of all the victims of 3.11.


Maya Moore

Former journalist and anchor for NHK, TBS, and PBS stations. Facilitator for the Tohoku Virtual English Class Project between the American School in Japan and elementary schools in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. Author of THE ROSE GARDEN OF FUKUSHIMA depicting the story of Katsuhide Okada and his Futaba Rose Garden. (Available at FCCJ.)


Hisako Matsuda

Photographer and Producer. Graduated from the Photography Dept., Nihon University College of Art. Official photographer for the Japan Kennel Club. Runs private photo studio specializing in portraits and animals. Instructor for the Yokohama Photographers of Roses.

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Toshiki Sawada 'FLOWERS'

Main Bar and Masukomi Sushi
Feb. 7 - March. 6, 2015



Toshiki Sawada was an illustrator and picture book writer active in a wide range of fields, books, advertising, stage design, murals, live painting, etc. The collection shown in this exhibition consists of his 'FLOWERS' paintings dating back to the start of his career (1985 to 1990). Materials used to produce these brightly colored artworks include oil crayons, colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic paint, colored paper... In addition, he worked freely in a variety of techniques including silkscreen and paper-making processes to produce works in 'molded washi paper'. We hope you will enjoy this show of Sawada's 'FLOWERS'.

Toshiki SAWADA (1959-2010)
Received several awards and recognition for his artwork including the Japan Picture Book Awards for "Afurika no oto" [Sound of Africa] (Kodansha) and "Te de hanas?" [Let's Talk With Our Hands] (Sh?gakkan) along with the Children's Welfare Cultural Award for "Ok?san e no tabi" [Journey to Mother] (Fukuinkan Shoten). Toshiki died in 2010 of acute myelogenous leukemia at the age of 51.

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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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