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Daikanyama Tsutaya Books: One-Stop Shopping for Your Photo Book Needs

Daikanyama Tsutaya Books is the bookstore where Tokyo’s creative community gathers. As the flagship store of the Culture Convenience Club, a leading force in Japan’s contemporary art scene, there is no better place for following the trends in photography and the books chronicling this art.
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Shimizu Harumi: A Concierge of Photo Books at Daikanyama Tsutaya Books

Few bookstores in Japan stock more photography books than Daikanyama Tsutaya Books, which has welcomed a steady stream of local and foreign visitors since opening its doors in 2011. Employees called concierges wield deep knowledge in selecting and recommending books to customers. We spoke with Shimizu Harumi, a concierge of photography books, about her work.
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Japan to Promote Active Tourism Use of Traditional Buildings (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japan's tourism ministry plans to urge local governments to set ordinances to exempt historic buildings, such as kominka (traditional folk houses), from the building standards law, to better promote the use of such structures for tourism. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism will compile guidelines, including know-how for making such ordinance…
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Alex Kerr: A Taste of a Better JapanKiyono Yumi (Interviewer)

Alex Kerr has spent more than a decade restoring traditional houses in remote parts of Japan and using them to revive local economies. In recent years, he has written acerbic critiques about the destruction of the Japanese landscape, rooted in his expert knowledge of East Asian arts and culture, and continues to work to develop a new approach to Japanese tourism that will tap the potential of the nation’s rich traditions and help to keep them alive for future generations.
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A Gallery of Green: Japanese Gardens (Photos)Satō Shin’ichi /Sawada Shinobu

Many Japanese gardens are part of such facilities as restaurants, museums, and hotels. This collection introduces some of the finest examples of these kinds of gardens.
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Cormorant Fishing: An Ancient Tradition to Mark Each New SummerSawabe Kai

Cormorant fishing, a method that involves lighting a fire to lure sweetfish and catching them with tamed cormorants, is today a popular tourist attraction that marks the beginning of summer in Japan. This is the story of the men and birds involved in Japan’s most famous cormorant fishing on the Nagara River.
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Photogenic Places to Visit: TOP, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Photography fans new to Tokyo should make one of their first stops TOP, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Since opening in 1995, the museum has introduced outstanding examples of photographic culture from Japan and abroad, all presented in ambitious exhibitions organized with distinctive perspectives. From historic prints and moving images of yesteryear to today’s most famous and controversial works, TOP provides the full range of Japan’s—and the world’s—photographic culture.
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Photo Curator Itō Takahiro on the Photography of the Heisei Era

Few museums anywhere in the world specialize solely in photography and video. The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, which reopened in 2016 after a major renovation, plays a singularly important role even in Japan, which is known for its robust photographic culture. We spoke with Itō Takahiro, curator of a major show at TOP, about the museum and the art it shares with the world.
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So Books: The Thrill of the Rare Photo Book Find

Set in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, So Books offers patrons a wide selection of photography books to browse through, each carefully selected by discerning owner Ogasawara Ikuo. Whether shopping for a gift or having a casual look, customers will enjoy perusing the shop’s collection of hard-to-find items.
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Photography as Problem-Solver: Talking with T3 Photo Festival Cofounder Hayami Ihiro

There are many ways of engaging with photography. Hayami Ihiro, a photography director who links people with photography through regional revitalization projects, photo festivals, and other large-scale approaches, talks about the association between photography and society.
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