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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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Japanese Blacksmiths Forge On (Photos)Ōhashi Hiroshi (Photographer)

Japanese blacksmiths preserve a once vital traditional art. These photographs offer a window into their workshops as they display their artisanship.
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“Nikkapokka” Pants in Style on the Construction Site (Photos)Matsuda Tadao (Photographer)

Photographer Matsuda Tadao’s portraits of Japanese construction workers are taken on site, capturing the reality of their jobs with the sweat and grime of a hard day’s efforts. As well as being fitted to their work, distinctive, baggy nikkapokka pants help these laborers to stand out in the crowd.
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A Feast for the Eyes and Stomach: Megutama, the Photography Book Café

Photobook Diner Megutama may be one of the only places of its kind in the world. Browse through this café’s collection of more than 5,000 photography books while enjoying healthy, seasonal dishes, indulging your love of the camera craft or just taking an unhurried moment for yourself.
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Talking About Japan’s Photo Culture with Photography Critic Iizawa Kōtarō

When discussing photography in Japan, one name that is certain to come up is that of Iizawa Kōtarō. Since beginning his career as a photography critic in the 1980s, Iizawa has gone on to organize exhibitions, launch the seminal photography magazine Déjà-vu, and otherwise contribute ceaselessly to the growth and development of Japan’s photographic culture. Iizawa spoke to Nippon.com about the ties between Japanese photography and the city of Tokyo.
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Araki Nobuyoshi: An Artistic Rebel, UnbowedIizawa Kōtarō

Araki Nobuyoshi began his career as a rebel and is now one of the world’s reigning masters of photography. A critic and close friend of the artist looks back over Araki’s prolific and sometimes tempestuous life.
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Japanese Climber Hiraide Wins Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 16 (Jiji Press)—Japanese alpinist and mountain photographer Hiraide Kazuya, 37, won this year's Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize, awarded to adventurers who make significant achievements in exploring nature, the prize organizer said Thursday. Winner of the Piolets d'Or prize, Japanese alpinist and mountain photographer Hiraide Kazuya, 37, was awarded this year’s Uemura Naomi Adventure …
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