May 2023

Photo Exhibition by Emi Nakamura

May 6 - June 2, 2023

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

The first time I saw a live albatross, it looked so endearing that my heart went out to it. The more I learned of their history, the more delighted I was that they have managed to survive. Today, the albatross has recovered from being an endangered to a threatened species. Humans drove them to the brink of extinction, but it was also the unstinting efforts of humans that enabled them to recover. However, they still face numerous problems, including ocean pollution, plastic flotsam and climate change. Animals that live in the wild are strong and hardy, but we must never forget that they are also delicate and fragile. Traveling with the research team, I was able to see firsthand the enthusiasm and effort they have dedicated to saving the albatross. I hope that the photographs on display here will allow as many people as possible to learn that not only are albatrosses to be found in Japanese skies, but also that there are people who have spent many years dedicating themselves to their research.

Emi Nakamura

After a trip to see Killer Whales on Lofoten Island in Norway, she has been focusing on the theme of nature and wildlife. This has taken her to South America, Polar regions, tropical rainforests, desert islands, and other locations to photograph the earth and animals in their natural state.

Light pink beak with eyes like almonds. I want to believe that what exist beyond their gentle gaze, is a world of peace and harmony.
The sight of it flying before a backdrop of pure white clouds is divine. God has given us a chance to resurrect this bird that was once thought to be extinct.
In 1965, the entire island was designated as a natural reserve. Only authorized individuals can go there. In 1947 the Japan Meteorological Agency build this observatory. (photo of structure). An earthquake in 1965 destroyed the buildings and since then the island has been uninhabited.

Bruce Osborn is chair of the exhibition committee