October 2022 Exhibition: "The Day of the Dead (The Catrinas of Japan)"

October 2022 Exhibition: "The Day of the Dead (The Catrinas of Japan)"
Photo exhibition arises from the joint work between
Rodrigo Reyes Marin (photography) and Nahomi Moriyama (graphic artwork)
October 1 - November 4, 2022

©Rodrigo Reyes Marin & Nahomi Moriyama

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition celebrated from October 31 to November 2 in which our deceased are honored. This conception of celebrating death originated as a syncretism between the Catholic celebrations (from Spain) and indigenous celebrations (from Mexico), a mixture of both cultures.

Centuries later, the fictional character of La Catrina or Calavera Garbancera was added, created by the Mexican illustrator Juan Guadalupe Posada and popularized by the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera. This character represents the hypocrisy of society towards a sector popularly known as chickpeas, that is, people with indigenous blood who claimed to be Europeans, denying their culture and roots. On the other hand, it also represented the demystification of death.

September 2022 Exhibition: "A Life of Trains: Spotlighting 1950s-60s"

September 2022 Exhibition: "A Life of Trains: Spotlighting 1950s-60s"
Photo exhibition by Wally Higgins
September 3 - September 30, 2022

©Wally Higgins

Lifelong railway enthusiast Wally Higgins is an American photographer, who, as an adviser for Japan Railways for more than half a century, shot over 6,000 train and tram photographs from the late 1950s. He was honored in 2007 with a Special Award for lifetime achievement from The Photographic Society of Japan.

To celebrate his life’s work, The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) is holding the “Wally Higgins Photo Exhibition” from September 3-30. Born in New Jersey in 1927, University of Michigan graduate Higgins first came to Japan in 1956 while working as a civilian contractor for the US Navy and Air Force. From the early 1960s, he has been employed as a consultant for the Corporate Planning International Department of the East Japan Railway Company.

July 2022 Exhibition: Oyako Shashin Matsuri

July 2022 Exhibition: Oyako Shashin Matsuri
July 2 to August 5, 2022

People of tundra / © Yulia Nevskaya

In commemoration of OYAKO Day, which is on the 4th Sunday of July, this month's exhibition focuses on the relationships between parents and children. Pictures in the show were taken by the following photographers in countries throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.

Farhana Akther (Bangladesh)
Daniela Rivera Antara (Peru)
Jamie Brisick (USA)
Hideo Fukuda (Japan)
Robert Gerhardt (USA)
Arshad Ghori (Pakistan)
Mark Edward Harris (USA)
Eikoh Hosoe (Japan)
Asmara Hussain (Pakistan)
Iqbal Khatri (Pakistan)
Kenichi Komatsu (Japan)
Maiko Kuzutani (Japan)
Yulia Nevskaya (Russia)
Chujo Nozumu (Japan)
Bruce Osborn (USA)
Ryo Shimizu (Japan)
Ann Summa (USA)
Kaori Suzuki (Japan)
Anne-Francoise Tasnier (Belgium)
Krutik Thakur (India)
Lisa Vogt (Japan)

June 2022 Exhibition: Rainbows- Day and Night

June 2022 Exhibition: Rainbows- Day and Night
Photo Exhibition by Junji Takasago
June 4 to July 1, 2022

What is it about witnessing a rainbow that makes us feel so special?
Seeing one always evokes a sense of delight. They are natural phenomenon
that occurs when raindrops act as a prism and divide the sunlight into
seven colors. Hawaii is known as the “Rainbow State” due to their
frequent sightings. If you're lucky, you might catch a rare rainbow that
is only visible by the light of the moon. Observing one in a pitch-dark
sky is breathtaking and something that the Hawaiians have considered to
be a great blessing since ancient times. Regardless of whether they are
seen in the day or night, rainbows are a present from nature,
symbolically bridging our differences and reminding us of the beauty
that exists in the world. With war in Ukraine and many other troubling
things happening around the world, we should take time to appreciate a
rainbow’s magnificence and think of what we can do for peace.

May 2022 Exhibition: From Hell to Hollywood and Beyond

May 2022 Exhibition: From Hell to Hollywood and Beyond
Nick Ut’s Photo Exhibition
May 7 to June 3, 2022

While still in his teens, Nick Ut had already decided that he was going to be a photojournalist like his brother who worked for the Associated Press. Nick was heartbroken when his brother died taking photos during the Vietnam War, but it didn’t stop him from pursuing his dream. At 16, Nick got a job working in AP's darkroom at their Saigon office. Processing the films of Horst Faas, Eddie Adams, Henri Huet, and the other noted photojournalists was a great learning experience and in less than a year, Nick was also photographing for AP.

April 2022 Exhibition: International Women in Photo Award 2022

April 2022 Exhibition: International Women in Photo Award 2022
April 4 - May 6, 2022

© Scattered Memories of a Distorted Future Maryam Firuzi (Iran)

The International Women in Photo Association (IWPA) addresses issues of gender equality in and through photography, aiming to promote women's voices by providing visibility to female photographers and the stories they have to tell.
Running from September 1st to October 31st, 2021, the Open Call for the 6th edition of the IWPA Award 2022 reached a final count of over 750 submissions from a record number of 95 countries, representing all continents. With a considerable increase of submissions from Asia, Africa and the Middle-East, IWPA made an important step towards the promotion of women visual storytellers of all origins while sharing with global audiences diverse stories about the realities of men and women of our planet.
An international jury of eminent personalities of the world of photography awarded 11 artists. IWPA is pleased to present the best female talents of the IWPA Award 2022.

March 2022 Exhibition: Futurist: Syd Mead Retrospective 2022

March 2022 Exhibition: Futurist: Syd Mead Retrospective 2022
Curator: Hiroshi Matsui
March 7 - April 1, 2022

Pebble Beach / ©︎ Syd Mead Inc.

More than half a century ago, Syd Mead began depicting the next generation of concept cars in the futuristic settings that he imagined they would exist. His works went on to include not only industrial design for automobiles and other vehicles, also theme parks, urban planning, NASA projects, and more than 50 movies including “Star Trek” (1979) and “ Blade Runner” (1982). His creations encompass a wide variety of themes about a modern society living in harmony with nature. As we face the current pandemic, environmental issues, and global relations, I hope that Syd Mead's vision will server as an inspiration for what is possible.

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair



February 2022 Exhibition: Painting by Hitoshi Motojuku

February 2022 Exhibition: Painting by Hitoshi Motojuku
Organized by Art Producer Kumiko Matsuoka (LARIS)
Feb. 7 - March 4, 2022

Hitoshi Motojuku is better known for his work as the Director-General of the Liberal Democratic Party Headquarters than his paintings, however art has always been an important part of his life. Mr. Motojuku's interests in painting started when his father first gave him set of playing cards featuring the beautiful landscapes of Gunma prefecture. Following the end of WWII, money was scarce, but the home was always filled with laughter and happy to help each other. Deep in his heart, those feeling are always there. Whenever Mr,Motojuku returns his home, he remembers those happy days and finds himself picking up a painting brush. For Mr. Motojuku, the hometown is always close to his heart and is he grateful for its mountains and rivers.

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

January 2022 Exhibition: Year of the Tiger

January 2022 Exhibition: Year of the Tiger
Group Exhibition*
January 8 - February 4, 2022

picture by Satoshi Otera

Welcome to the Year of the Tiger
As the cow exits, the big cat enters and is growling to get things rolling.  The 3rd animal in the 12-year cycle, the tiger is regarded as the king among the beasts and a symbol of strength.  The 2022 is the year of the Water Tiger and is known for its passion for doing everything on a grand scale.  This year will be a good time to get started on new projects and challenges.

Hajime Anzai
Hiroshi Sunto
Jimmy Park
Kozo Chiba
Leeanne Splatt
Lewie JPD
Lou Beach
Mick Haggerty
Mika Osborn
Miss Voo
Naoki Mitsue
Niya Niya Studio
Satoshi Otera
Shigenari Onishi
Yu O

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year !

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair