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FCCJ april 

March 30 - May 6, 2019

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan is very pleased and honored to present this special photography exhibition of the Imperial Family in the same month as Emperor Akihito prepares to retire from official duties on April 30. His elder son Crown Prince Naruhito will become Emperor the following day on May 1, ushering in a new period and bringing the Heisei era to a close.

A law was passed last year to allow Emperor Akihito to retire, the first such abdication in 200 years. The 85-year-old Emperor implied in an address to the nation in August 2016 that he was concerned his age will hinder him from performing his duties as "the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people" as stated in Japan's post-war Constitution.

The Heisei era began on Jan 8, 1989, the day after the death of Emperor Akihito's father, Hirohito. It will conclude on April 30, 2019. To commemorate the Heisei era, this exhibition focuses on the Imperial couple and their influence on the Japanese people. The photos includes the Imperial couple playing tennis when they were engaged, their marriage and wedding parade, a visit to the Peace Memorial in Nagasaki, consoling people in Tohoku after the 2011 earthquake, and images from the Emperor’s birthday on December 23, 2018.

The FCCJ has only been able to host this exhibition because of the support of the Associated Press and Nikkei, which provided images from their archives. The FCCJ offers its sincere appreciation for that support. The FCCJ also offers thanks to Fumio Takahashi (FCCJ) for his assistance in contacting Nikkei. Of course, none of these images would exist without the skill and expertise of the photographers who took them. In that we offer a special appreciation to Kaku Kurita (FCCJ), Mitsunori Chigita, Eugene Hoshiko, Hiromasa Matsuura, Ken Suzuki, and Masayuki Terazawa.

Peter Langan
FCCJ President
























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.

The Exhibitions Committee

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.

The Exhibitions Committee

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.

The Exhibitions Committee 


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.

The Exhibitions Committee



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