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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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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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