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.

February 2023 Exhibition: UMUI Photo Exhibition by Everett Kennedy Brown

February 2023 Exhibition: UMUI Photo Exhibition by Everett Kennedy Brown
February 4 - March 3, 2023

©Everett Kennedy Brown

Over the centuries the Okinawan people have learned to protect their spiritual treasures from powerful invaders. It is perhaps their humility and tenacious spirit that is expressed in this word, Umui, that has enabled them to survive the most severe hardships, both natural and political. I believe the time has come to introduce the deep and gentle spiritual tradition of the Okinawan people. It is important not only for the Okinawan people and their descendants; it is also important in light of the geopolitical changes we are now seeing in East Asia.

Bruce Osborn Exhibition Committee Chair
Peter Lyon Exhibition Co-Chair

January 2023 Exhibition: Year of the Rabbit

January 2023 Exhibition: Year of the Rabbit
Group exhibition
Jan. 7 - Feb. 3, 2023

©Kaori Uchiyama

Welcome to 2023, the Year of the Rabbit, the 4th animal in the 12-year cycle. The rabbit may lack the fierceness of last year's Tiger to confront challenges, but it makes up for it with talent and wit for outsmarting adversaries. As we continue the struggle with COVID, the war in Ukraine, global warming, inflation, and other problems, let's hope that our furry friend can guide us towards clever solutions. In celebration of the new year, this January will feature a group exhibition at the FCCJ by artists in different locations around the globe.

Bruce Osborn Exhibition Committee Chair
Peter Lyon Exhibition Co-Chair

December 2022 Exhibition: Song of Izumo

December 2022 Exhibition: Song of Izumo
Textile Art by Mutsuko Yawatagaki
December 3 - January  6, 2023

©Mutsuko Yawatagaki

Mutsuko Yawatagaki is a native of Shimane Prefecture, a beautiful part of western Japan along the Japan Sea coast. It is one of the least populous and least visited areas of the country yet figures prominently in early chronicles and mythology as the very birthplace of Japan. Drawing inspiration from this rich local culture, Yawatagaki creates large-scale pictorial wall hangings using a combination of western and Asian handwork techniques. She works almost exclusively with traditional Japanese fabrics, carefully salvaged from antique kimono and obi that are themselves works of art.

In repurposing kimono, Yawatagaki gives new life to fabric that is no longer worn and enjoyed. She hopes people will see, in her works, not only what she has created but also the contributions of the many artisans who had a part in the making of each kimono. Many of the silks have woven patterns of auspicious motifs such as tortoises and cranes. Not only are they imbued with meaning, but they change with the light, lending further interest to the compositions.

November 2022 Exhibition: Light Meets Shadow

November 2022 Exhibition: Light Meets Shadow
Photo Exhibition by Krutik Thakur
November 5 - December 2, 2022

©Krutik Thakur

Krutik Thakur is a 21 year old photographer living in a small village on the west coast of India. He selected the motifs of the sun and moon as his main subjects and takes unique images utilizing his imagination and creativity. His first camera was a mobile phone, but by September 2020, he had saved enough money to buy his first real camera. Growing up in era of social media, Krutik is a self-taught photographer who expertly uses his camera as the platform for showcasing his work.

When he started taking his "Light Meets Shadow" pictures, India was in the middle of a pandemic lockdown and it was not possible to travel. After a few successful shoots at his local beach, he soon realized that there was no better place to take all the photos for this series. When the conditions were right, he could be there in minutes with family and friends close at hand to be his models.