December 2023 Exhibition: INORI- Prayers to the Gods

December 2023 Exhibition: INORI- Prayers to the Gods
Iwami Kagura Masks by Taizo Kobayashi
December 2, 2023 - January 5, 2024











Taizo Kobayashi lives and works in the Iwami region of Shimane Prefecture, facing the Japan Sea in western Japan. He makes masks for Iwami Kagura, a local form of storytelling through dance, song and music that evolved to preserve and transmit Japan's earliest mythologies. Kagura began as a religious ritual, performed in dedication to Shinto gods. While many regions of Japan have their own forms of kagura, Iwami Kagura stands apart for its dynamism and enduring importance in the local community.

November 2023 Exhibition: Empowering Women Through the Lens

November 2023 Exhibition: Empowering Women Through the Lens:
Exhibition of the 7th Edition of the International Women in Photo Award (IWPA)
November 4 - December 1, 2023

©Lee-Ann Olwage: The Right To Play

Since 2016, International Women In Photography (IWPA) has been committed to showcasing the work of women photographers and sharing their unique narratives. Through this dedication, IWPA aims to provide global recognition for their exceptional talent, ultimately addressing global challenges that disproportionately affect women and worsen gender inequality.

The Open Call for submissions, held from May 1st to June 30th, 2023, garnered an impressive 1,900 photographic projects from a record-breaking 106 countries.

Selected by an international jury of esteemed personalities, IWPA is delighted to present the best talents of its 2023 Award. We extend our sincere gratitude to Leica Camera Japan Co., Ltd. for their invaluable support in making the exhibition at the FCCJ possible.

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October 2023 Exhibition: Catrinas Around the World 2023

October 2023 Exhibition: Catrinas Around the World 2023
Group Exhibition curated by Nahomi Moriyama and Rodrigo Reyes Marin
September 30 - November 2, 2023

©R&N Photography (JPN)

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. For the second year in a row, we will exhibit our work at FCCJ continuing to show the concept of the Catrina from our very particular point of view. With the growing popularity of Catrina and the festivities of the Day of the Dead, we invited artists from Mexico, the United States and Japan, to join our exhibition under the title: Catrinas Around the World 2023.

Artists in this exhibition include Mario Marín, Catrinas Contemporaneas, Naomi Cervantes from Mexico; La Catrina Andante (Livette Ruvalcaba), Evelyn Trejo, Gus Mejía, el Charro Gonzalez and Black Unicornio in the United States, and with Rodrigo Reyes Martin, Nahomi Moriyama, Chiaki Iizaka and Lizeth R. Marin who based in Japan.

Bruce Osborn (Exhibition Committee Chair)
Peter Lyon (Co-Chair)

September 2023 Exhibition: "Wildlife of the Kenyan Savanna" - Photos by Yasushi Onishi

September 2023 EXHIBITION: "Wildlife of the Kenyan Savanna"
Photos by Yasushi Onishi
September 2- September 29, 2023 (caution: ending a week earlier comparing notified date in the first notice)

© Yasushi Onishi

Thirty-four years ago, I visited the Masai Mara savanna in Kenya, East Africa for the first time. The wonders of this magical place immediately captured my imagination and I’ve been back to photograph the wildlife more than 40 times since. When I think of Masai Mara, I think of white clouds playfully floating in a deep blue sky, endless green grasslands, beautiful sunrises and mesmerizing sunsets, and of course the wild animals I enjoy photographing so much. The Corona pandemic kept me away from Africa for three and a half years, but I finally made it back this year and reconnected with the savanna and its wildlife. From my exhibit I hope you can feel their charm and maybe even be tempted to visit Kenya one day soon.


August 2023 Exhibition: 24 Heures du Mans: To the Limit - and Beyond (1967-1971) Photos by Joe Honda

August 2023 Exhibition:: 24 Heures du Mans: To the Limit – and Beyond (1967-1971)
Photos by Joe Honda
August 5- September 1, 2023

Copyright©Joe Honda Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Joe Honda brings to life the people, marques and memories that have shaped one of the most iconic endurance races in the world as it marks its centenary.

Established in 1923 as a "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency," Le Mans allowed car manufacturers to prove the durability of their machines in competition. The endurance race – famous for its legacy of brutally testing drivers and their teams – has one condition for victory: the car that covers the greatest distance in 24 hours is the winner.

An exhibition of Joe Honda's photographs – supported by La Maison Franco-Japonaise, the French Embassy in Japan and Shashin Kosha – reflects back on the 'golden age' of Le Mans, marked by the final years of the dramatic Ford-Ferrari duel until the Porsche's new contender, the 917, arrived on the scene.

By transporting the viewer back to these years when Europe faced off against America, Honda's photography commemorates some of the people and technology that played a crucial role in shaping today's global automotive industry.

July 2023 Exhibition: Oyako Shashin Matsuri

July 2023 Exhibition: Oyako Shashin Matsuri
July 1- August 4, 2023

©Anne-Francoise Tasnier

The OYAKO Shashin Matsuri is in commemoration of OYAKO Day, which takes place on the fourth Sunday of July each year. This is the 4th time to hold this exhibition by the following photographers at the FCCJ depicting various scenes of parents and children in locations  around the world.

June 2023 Exhibition: NATURE CALLS

June 2023 Exhibition: NATURE CALLS
Photos by Bruce Osborn
June 3 - June 30, 2023

©Bruce Osborn

The objects in this exhibition were collected from the beach near my home in Hayama. Like an archaeologist studying past civilizations, I am fascinated by the items that wash ashore, revealing the ongoing conflict between nature and our consumer-driven society. Plastic pollution in our oceans is causing significant harm to marine life. Birds, fish, and other sea creatures mistake these objects for food, leading to severe health issues and starvation. As plastics break down into microplastics, the consequences cascade through the food chain, affecting smaller species. Astonishingly, the majority of this rubbish originates not from beaches or dumping at sea, but is urban waste that finds its way to the ocean via storm drains and rivers.

May 2023 Exhibition: eternally

May 2023 Exhibition: eternally
Photo Exhibition by Emi Nakamura
May 6 - June 2, 2023

© Emi Nakamura

As the sun rises, the dynamic and lively wings take flight. Welcome to a refreshing morning in Torishima.

photo of Emi Nakamura

March 2023 Exhibition: Fight for Life, Health and Future; Ukrainian healthcare system in Russian-Ukrainian war

March 2023 Exhibition: Fight for Life, Health and Future;
Ukrainian healthcare system in Russian-Ukrainian war
March 4 - April 7, 2023

©Uliana Minaieva, MD

In terms of destruction, war is similar to a disaster in that it lasts long and requires a lot of resources. But unlike natural disasters, war is not an accident - invaders have the intention to destroy, kill and control. The Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine targets not only military objects but also civilian infrastructure: energy and water supply facilities, and housing blocks. The fact that medical institutions are also the target of the Russian army violates International Humanitarian Law as well.

The medical system in Ukraine was forced to change gradually during the past 9 years of the Russian-Ukrainian war. This allowed it to adapt in February 2022, when the full scale war began, and provide patients with  necessary medical care. Nonetheless, it faces many problems caused by constant shelling, the intended destruction of critical infrastructure and a shortage of resources as well as the intended murder, abduction and hostage-taking of health personnel and patients.