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The Inland Sea through the Seasons: Slices of the Mellow Life of Seto Islanders (Photos)Kuroiwa Masakazu

The Seto Inland Sea offers breathtaking seascapes created by the multitude of islands populating it. The people who live here wear expressions that are as gentle as the climate is mild. “Island photographer” Kuroiwa Masakazu, who has visited more than 350 of the Seto islands, shares some of the images he has captured at different times of the year.

Body and Soul: An Interview with Master Swordsmith Miyairi Norihiro

Japanese swords are admired throughout the world for their legendary quality and long tradition of craftsmanship. For centuries the symbol of samurai honor and authority, their appeal is as powerful as ever. We visit one of Japan’s leading swordsmiths to learn more about the timeless magic of the Japanese sword.

The Artistry of the Blade: The World of Master Swordsmith Miyairi Norihiro (Photos)Kimura Naoto

Miyairi Norihiro is a master swordsmith who creates katana characterized by their remarkable elegance and austere aura of nobility.

Small Daily Pleasures: Tanaka Tatsuya’s Miniature Calendar

Tanaka Tatsuya’s photographs of miniature figures set against scenes created from food or household goods have become an Internet sensation, earning him more than a million social media followers. In this interview, he talks about the creative process, his daily routine, and his love-hate relationship with broccoli.

Cloaked in White: Three Japanese Old-Growth Trees in WinterTakahashi Hiroshi

A blanket of snow provides an enchanting backdrop to admire the slumbering forms of towering old-growth trees. Below we visit three of these impressive giants at the height of winter.

Moriyama Daidō: Photographer with the “Eyes of a Stray Dog”Iizawa Kōtarō

Moriyama Daidō wanders the streets like a stray dog, taking snapshots that leave vivid impressions on viewers. He is mentioned with the likes of Araki Nobuyoshi as one of Japan’s contemporary master photographers.

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.

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.

In Photographic Pursuit of Hokkaidō’s Rare Owls (Photos)Tanaka Hiroshi

The shimafukurō, one of the world’s largest owl species, was once thought extinct in Japan and is still considered endangered. Tanaka Hiroshi has been focusing his camera on these magnificent raptors in his native Hokkaidō for over two and a half decades.

Unique Tokyo Houses Add Individual Touch to City Landscape (Photos)Jérémie Souteyrat

French photographer Jérémie Souteyrat has scoured Tokyo for unique houses and residential scenes. Through his pictures he seeks to convey the individuality of Japanese homes and offer a fresh perspective on the capital.

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