August 2021 Exhibition: Tokyo 2020 Olympics

August 2021 Exhibition: Tokyo 2020 Olympics
August 9 - September 3, 2021

Daiki Hashimoto during the Gymnastics - Artistic : Men's Individual All-Around Final (July 28, 2021)
Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO SPORT

When the Games came to Tokyo in 1964, I was looking forward to seeing Abebe Bikila, the barefoot marathon champion. I was totally captivated when I saw a picture of him running barefoot at the Rome Olympics inside a photo magazine. Early in the morning on the day of the competition, I took a position at the corner by the entrance to the National Stadium. Abebe ran calmly like a great philosopher, and the Japanese marathon runner, Tsuburaya, ran behind him tilting his head. My eyes filled with tears as I pressed the shutter on my camera. That was my first Olympic experience.

July 2021 Exhibition: 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics

July 2021 Exhibition: 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics
July 3 - August 6, 2021

1964 SUMMER OLYMPICS (AP Photo)

The 1964 Summer Olympics, officially known as the XVIII Olympiad, were held in Tokyo from October 10 to 24. The games were a venue to show the world that Japan was no longer a wartime enemy, but a country of peace. To demonstrate their recovery from the war, many infrastructure projects were initiated including, Shinkansen train service between Osaka and Tokyo, modernization of Haneda Airport, and construction of numerous highways, expressways and subway lines. In an effort to beautify Tokyo, streets and rivers were cleaned up and there was an increase of greenery planted throughout the city. The Tokyo Olympics were the first to be held in Asia. It was the first time that computers were used to improve the accuracy in the timing and scoring and the first to be telecasted internationally.

June 2021 Exhibition: OYAKO Photo Matsuri

June 2021 Exhibition: OYAKO Photo Matsuri
June 7 - July 2, 2021

photo by Laetitia Vancon

OYAKO (parents and children), a bond that touches everyone; transcending borders, cultures, and religion! The photos in this show were taken by twenty-six photographers working in documentary, fashion, music, editorial and fine art.

The pandemic has had a big impact on our lives and I’m looking for the day when we no longer need to worry about catching the virus or keeping a safe social distance from each other. There has been one positive result from the crisis however, it has forced us to slow down and take time to think about the things that are most important in our lives. At the top of the list are friends and relations, particularly the ones between parents and children. Hopefully, be learning to be grateful for what we have and not about what we don’t, we will show more concern about the environment, living together in harmony, and the world that we are leaving for future generations.

Photos in this exhibition were taken in Argentina, Brunei, Cuba, Cambodia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Scotland, Syria, Tibet, and United States

May 2021 Exhibition: 888zenya

May 2021 Exhibition: 888zenya
Masanori Kamide Photo Exhibition
May 8 - June 4, 2021


On Christmas Eve 2020, the number of people newly infected with the coronavirus reached 888 for a single day. Going out to the downtown area, chatting at bars and on dance floors was no longer something that could be enjoyed freely.

The title 888 Zenya [The Night Before 888] has the meaning of a record of the bustling nature and energy of the streets that everyone loved before their lives were plunged into this new lifestyle.
A musician that had been a professional DJ at popular discos since the 80s and stood at the center of Tokyo's entertainment found himself in distress over the sight of Tokyo's night lights (albeit temporarily) disappearing at the time of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

He has changed from someone who created entertainment to someone who records events. This is the sight of a man who has now watched over Tokyo with love for 10 years; a man that has loved the towns and people of Tokyo for around 40 years. He has been able to grasp the miraculous and rare scenery of the city precisely because he has spent his time touring the streets of the night on his bicycle.

April 2021 Exhibition: Soliloquy of the Full Moon

April 2021 Exhibition: Soliloquy of the Full Moon
Artwork by Kozo Chiba

April 3 - May 7, 2021

At this time, when people find it difficult to throw off the feelings of unease brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am very grateful to the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan for having been offered this opportunity to hold an exhibition.

As a result of the pandemic, I have held a virtual exhibition on the Internet in order to allow people to see my work, but although this experiment could be considered a success with regard to health safety, I cannot help but feel that it focused on data dissemination than art.

However,  as an artist I am excited at the thought of holding this exhibition in a real space,  allowing people to take the time to experience the warmth of my work in person as they travel through the world created in my pictures and enjoy the absurd worldview presented there.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt gratitude to Bruce Osborn and his wife, Yoshiko, for making this exhibition possible, to Koike Keiko of KEPT, my father and mother for their unflagging support, and all my friends for their help.

Kozo Chiba

March 2021 Exhibition: An Oath with Tomodachi

March 2021 Exhibition: An Oath with Tomodachi
Organized by Japan Disaster Recovery Support
March 8 - April 2, 2021

In memory of the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the March exhibition will show photographs selected from over 2,000 pictures depicting rare scenes taken at devastated areas. These images have been kept as internal records of relief activities by the Self-Defense Forces and the US Forces in Japan.

Through this exhibition, we would like to show our gratitude to those who joined the relief activities and to inform people about the importance of disaster preparation in hope of saving more lives in the future.

The exhibition is supported by US Embassy in Tokyo, the Reconstruction Agency, the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense.

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

February 2021 Exhibition: International Women in Photo Award 2020

February 2021 Exhibition: International Women in Photo Award 2020
February 6 to March 5, 2021

International Women in Photo, IWPA, is a French nonprofit association with two global missions: to promote women photographers of all origins and nationalities, and to work for parity and equality through photography around the world.

The roots of IWPA’s goals lie in the underrepresentation of women photographers, who do not receive sufficient recognition or assignments, and whose work comprises a tiny percentage of all the photographs we see daily in the press, social media, museums and art exhibitions. IWPA also draws attention to social issues that are often ignored or simply not covered by a male-dominated perspective of the world.

January 2021 Exhibition: The Year of the Cow

January 2021 Exhibition: The Year of the Cow
Group exhibition
Jan. 9 - Feb. 5, 2021

Welcome to the Year of the Cow, the 2nd in the 12 year cycle of animals. As the rat scurries away, the cow is faced with many unresolved challenges from the previous year. The 2021 is the year of the White Metal Cow which is considered to be gentle and responsible, but also stubborn. We hope our knight in shining armor, I mean cow, will help save the day and lead us to greener pastures. Starting off this year's exhibitions on a bright note, we hope you'll enjoy seeing our cow show.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

December 2020 Exhibition: Photography by Joe Honda

TOTAL RECALL
REMEMBERING JAPANʼS TEMPLE OF SPEED
Photography by Joe Honda
Exhibition from Dec.5th to Jan.8th

Total Recall brings to life memories from motorsport's golden age through a series of historic and rare photographs from Joe Honda's rediscovered archive.

In partnership with award-winning photo laboratory Shashin Kosha, the exhibition shines a light on Japan's first international race at the Fuji Speedway in 1966 and the nation's emergence on the global motorsport scene. To the Japanese cognoscenti, the American Indianapolis 500 was a celebrated race, and hosting the first international indy event in Japan would signal their country's arrival as an industrial power.

When 26-year-old Honda went to document that race, he never expected it would change the course of his life. But a chance encounter with British driver Jackie Stewart at the Fuji Speedway that day triggered his resolve to venture abroad to document the people, culture and technology at the heart of the global motorsport scene.

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November 2020 Exhibition

November Exhibition
It Takes A Village:
A Visual Journey Through ARK’s 30 Years In Support of Animals

November 7th - December 4th 2020

When Elizabeth Oliver first opened the doors of her home to set up a refuge for abandoned and abused animals in 1990, she had already been a 10-year veteran in the Kansai area volunteering for a national welfare organization.  Long troubled by the negligible rate of adoption and alternative care options for animals against an extremely high number being routinely euthanized by the Public Health facilities and animal welfare groups, Oliver’s new organization, Animal Refuge Kansai, quickly became a leading advocate for education and change to improve the plight of pets and to tighten laws governing the unregulated state of the pet industry.