Dawn of Japanese Photography: The Anthology

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TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC ART MUSEUM in Ebisu, Tokyo is holding a major exhibition called “Dawn of Japanese Photography: The Anthology” about vintage/early Japanese photography on March 7–May 7, 2017.

On March 26 at 3 pm to 6 pm, a number of Japanese and foreign experts will give a talk for the “International Symposium: Photography in Bakumatsu Japan” in the museum’s 1st floor hall. Free admission.

On April 13 (4 pm) and April 14 (6 pm), Japan Times writer Alice Gordenker will give a tour of the above exhibition in English. Free with museum admission, no reservations required.

For details, see the official web page in English: https://topmuseum.jp/e/contents/exhibition/index-2577.html

Correct pronunciation of bokeh

Phil Schiller introducing bokeh feature.

If you keep up with iPhone news, you might know about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’s camera with the new bokeh effect for portraits. After watching video reviews of the iPhone 7/Plus on YouTube, I’ve noticed that many people are pronouncing “bokeh” incorrectly.

It might be because Phil Schiller (senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc.) pronounced it wrong when he introduced the feature at the Apple Special Event introducing the new iPhone 7 on Sept. 7, 2017 in San Francisco. (Video link here, fast forward to 71:50.)

I want people to know that “bokeh” should be pronounced “bo-kay” (“kay” rhymes with say, may, day, etc.) not “bo-ka” or “bokah” as Mr. Schiller pronounced it. “Bokeh” comes from the Japanese word “bokeru” which means “blur.” “Bokeru” can also refer to a senile person, meaning that the person is not mentally “sharp.”

And don’t ever pronounced it “bakah” or “baka,” especially when you’re taking someone’s portrait. Because that means “idiot.”

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography reopens as Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

20160928_6704After two years of major renovations from Sept. 2014 to Aug. 2016, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography reopened on September 3, 2016 for its 20th anniversary.

The building and location are the same, but the English name (nickname) has been changed to “Tokyo Photographic Art Museum” abbreviated as “TOP Museum” as indicated by their new URL (topmuseum.jp) and logo/letterhead. This is the third time that they changed their  URL. The previous URL was syabi.com. When they changed the URL the last time, it was a pain to update links, etc. Now we have to do it again. This has been a common phenomenon in Japan, among local governments and governmental organizations whose URLs have changed a number of times, wreaking havoc on your bookmarks/favorites. I shall continue to call it the “Tokyo photography museum.” Won’t use any nicknames that keep changing.

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Note that the museum’s Japanese and official (legal) name remains the same as Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography or Tokyo-to Shashin Bijutsukan (東京都写真美術館). And so, only the English-speaking world will be burdened with the task of mentioning both the old and new museum names whenever we write or talk about it during the next several years at least. Like “Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (formerly Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography).”

Entrance hall

Entrance hall at south (back) entrance and museum shop.

The museum’s major renovations included the replacement of lights with LEDs, new flooring replacing the carpeting, a second elevator, and a renovated cafe and museum gift shop. If you’ve visited the museum before, the biggest noticeable change is the 1st floor and the museum shop (Nadiff bookstore) that has moved from the 1st floor (where the main entrance/exit is) to the 2nd floor entrance hall of the south/back entrance.

It’s a wise move space-wise, but a museum’s gift shop should always be on the way to the exit. Very few people will exit the museum through the south entrance which is on the opposite side from Ebisu Station, the closest train/subway station. Although you can enter the museum through the south entrance without a ticket, they do not sell exhibition admission tickets here. You need to go downstairs to the 1st floor to buy admission tickets.

Entrance hall looking toward the door.

Entrance hall looking toward the south (back) entrance. The museum shop (Nadiff bookstore) is on the left.

Entrance hall

Overhead view of the entrance hall. There are chairs and tables for people to rest or hang out. Admission ticket not necessary.

I’ve said this before, but this large entrance hall is a waste of space. It’s good for exhibition openings and other events, but for most of the year, few people come through here. I was hoping that they would renovate this space better, but looks like it will continue to inflate their air-conditioning bill. A similar problem exists at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo in Kiba Park that first opened at around the same time. These museums were planned and built during the reckless economic bubble of the late 1980s when people thought the sky was the limit.

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On the renovated 1st floor, this is where the museum shop used to be. The museum shop space has merged with the cafe.

1st floor

1st floor ticket counter

The 1st floor is the main entrance to the museum, the closest to JR Ebisu Station. The 1st floor interior has been completely renovated with new flooring, wallpaper, and lighting. Looks very nice. It’s also the lobby of the museum’s event hall where they mainly screen movies. I bought an admission ticket here and there was a staff person at the entrance telling visitors to buy a ticket at the ticket counter a few steps away. Then another lady at the front of the line told me when a ticket clerk was available. There were only two ticket clerks selling tickets. Then I received a complicated explanation about various ticket prices. I just said “I want to see all the exhibitions and will pay in cash.” (There’s a separate admission for each of the exhibitions and a discount if you use a certain credit card. If you’re age 65 or older, you get a discount. The movie in the event hall is another ticket.) The ticket for all the exhibitions was ¥1,620 in September 2016. Ticket prices vary depending on the exhibitions.

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If you want to see everything in the museum, take the elevator to the 4th floor and work your way down (use the stairs to go down). The 4th floor is the small library open to the public for free. Ticket not required. The library looks basically the same as before. You can read Japanese and overseas photo magazines and books. You can also search for books in the closed stacks with the computer terminal, but you need to read Japanese. No books can be taken out of the library. The 3rd and 2nd floors are large exhibition rooms. Show your ticket to enter the exhibition. The 2nd floor also has the spacious entrance hall and museum shop. The main exhibition is on the 3rd and 2nd floors. Then take the elevator or stairs to the basement floor (B1) where there is another large exhibition room usually for a different exhibition. (Photography is not allowed inside the exhibition rooms.) The 1st floor is where you exit to go back to Ebisu Garden Place or JR Ebisu Station.

3rd floor exhibition room lobby.

3rd floor exhibition room lobby.

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The museum has three exhibition rooms on three floors and an event hall (mainly movies) on the 1st floor. When the museum reopened in September 2016, photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto had an intriguing Lost Human Genetic Archive exhibition on the 3rd and 2nd floors, the basement floor showed World Press Photos sponsored by Canon, and the event hall on the 1st floor screened a movie about Mother Teresa.

Renamed museum.

Renamed museum.

This is what you see when you approach the museum from JR Ebisu Station via the Skywalk moving sidewalk. Go left to enter main entrance. You can also enter from the right side after passing the cafe. It is in a corner of Ebisu Garden Place, a shopping mall.

Museum website (English)
Museum hours
Directions from Ebisu Station

 

Photobook Diner Megutama

Photobook Diner Megutama

Photobook Diner Megutama (写真集食堂 めぐたま)

I finally visited Photobook Diner Megutama in Ebisu, Tokyo. Opened two years ago, it’s a diner with 5,000 photobooks that you can freely thumb through before or after you have lunch or coffee. The photobooks come from the collection of Iizawa Kotaro (飯沢耕太郎), Japan’s most prominent and prolific photo critic and author.

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This entire wall and a smaller wall in the back of the diner is covered from floor to ceiling with photobooks (shashinshu). Quite overwhelming to see inside an eatery. The books are organized according to period. Books from earlier years (including prewar) are on the left. The books get progressively more recent toward the right. The wall in the back has mainly oversize books and foreign photobooks. Notice the ladder for access to the higher shelves.

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The diner has a counter as well as regular tables in the back.

Iizawa Kotaro

Iizawa Kotaro

When I visited on a Sunday, I was lucky to find Iizawa Kotaro having lunch there too. After lunch, I talked to him for a few minutes about the collection. He says it’s about two-thirds of his entire collection. Which means he must have a big house to store all those books. He buys about 200 photobooks a year. That’s 3-4 books a week! And yet, he says that he’s not a photobook collector because he buys the books as part of his job.

Although Iizawa is not really a photographer, he is a celebrity in Japan’s photography world (but not quite a rock star). He writes regularly for major camera magazines, teaches, judges, lectures, etc., etc. Very active in many ways related to Japanese photography. Iizawa was easy to talk to, and I shot this picture of him. He encouraged me to spread the word about the diner.

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The most valuable photobooks are locked up in this glass case. You need to ask Iizawa to open the case if you want to see a book in here.

Full collection of Moriyama Daido photobooks.

Full collection of Moriyama Daido photobooks.

Curry rice. Most meals cost around 1,500–2,500 yen.

Curry rice. Most meals cost around 1,500–2,500 yen.

Food is healthy. The diner also holds meeting and lectures. Iizawa is a frequent speaker. They also raise money for charities like a primary school in Nepal.

Photobook Diner Megutama is a short walk from Ebisu Station (JR Yamanote Line and Hibiya Line), but somewhat out of the way. It’s not in a place with heavy foot traffic. But if you like photobooks, this place is a must-see. Closed Mondays. See the website for hours.

Website in English: http://megutama.com/en/
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/R2u1KNdMTjn

Address:
3-2-7-1F Higashi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6805-1838
Email: megutamatokyo@gmail.com

CP+ 2016 Yokohama Camera Show

The CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2016 was held on Feb.25-28, 2016 at PACIFICO YOKOHAMA. The new thing was the CP+ Used Camera Fair and Outlet Fair for camera accessories held on the 2nd floor above the camera show.

Canon booth had these fantastic rhythmic gymnasts doing their stuff for photographers trying out the new EOS 80D and EOS-1D X Mark II.

Canon booth had these fantastic rhythmic gymnasts doing their stuff for photographers trying out the new EOS 80D and EOS-1D X Mark II.

Sony booth was full of people to hear train fanatic/photographer Nakai Seiya give a slide show. Besides his passion, his ordinary and down-to-earth personality has made him very popular.

Sony booth was full of people to hear train fanatic/photographer Nakai Seiya give a slide show. Besides his passion, his ordinary and down-to-earth personality has made him very popular.

Nakai Seiya has become really popular and famous in Japan for shooting trains. He shoots at least one picture of a train every single day (since 2004).

Nakai Seiya has become really popular and famous in Japan for shooting trains. He shoots at least one picture of a train every single day (since 2004).

Nikon booth

Nikon booth

Flowery Olympus models.

Flowery Olympus models.

Epson

Epson

DJI had a netted booth to demo an impressive flyng drone. Supposedly crash proof from dead batteries. It can also lock on to a fixed position so if any wind or bird knocked it, it would return to its fixed position automatically.

DJI had a netted booth to demo an impressive flyng drone. Supposedly crash proof from dead batteries. It can also lock on to a fixed position so if any wind or bird knocked it, it would return to its fixed position automatically.

FujiFilm calls its exploded camera "Decomposition." Sounds rotten, but it wasn't.

FujiFilm calls its exploded camera “Decomposition.” Sounds rotten, but it wasn’t.

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JCII Camera Museum displayed the earliest cameras in history. Camera obscura.

Wet plate camera complete with portable darkroom.

Wet plate camera complete with portable darkroom.

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Sony Mavica, basically the world’s first electronic still video camera in 1981 and harbinger of digital cameras.

CP+ Used Camera Fair is held for the 1st time together with CP+. They might do this every year from now on. On the 2nd floor (above the camera show).

CP+ Used Camera Fair is held for the 1st time together with CP+. They might do this every year from now on. On the 2nd floor (above the camera show).

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Together with the used cameras, they had an outlet area for discounted camera accessories like tripods, monopods, bags, and more by major brands like Manfrotto, Etsumi, and Velbon.

In Queen's Square is this Minato Mirai Gallery that you will pass by on the way to CP+. Very good (and graphic) exhibition of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bomb photos. Free admission.

In Queen’s Square is this Minato Mirai Gallery that you will pass by on the way to CP+. Very good (and graphic) exhibition of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bomb photos. Free admission.

Camera stores in Japan

Yodobashi Akiba

Yodobashi Akiba

This is a list of major camera shops in Japan’s major cities. Yodobashi and BIC Camera are the largest camera chain stores. Most of the websites provide a map of the store’s location. Besides brick and mortar stores, we can buy camera equipment online at Amazon Japan and Yahoo Japan Auctions. For used camera stores in Tokyo, see this list. Also see the PhotoVendors FAQ.

Compiled by Philbert Ono, updated: Feb. 1, 2016

TOKYO Area Camera Shops

BIC CAMERA – Ikebukuro Main Store
Address: 東京都豊島区東池袋1-41-5
Higashi Ikebukuro 1-41-5
Toshima-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 170-0013
Phone: (03) 5396-1111
Remarks: Besides cameras, household appliances and sports equipment also sold.
Near Ikebukuro Station.

BIC Camera is a major camera and electrical appliance chain in Japan. The largest branches are listed here. Most are open from 10 am to 10 pm. For maps, more store locations, and other info, see their website: http://www.biccamera.co.jp.e.lj.hp.transer.com/shoplist/index.html

BIC CAMERA – Shibuya Hachiko Store
Address: 東京都渋谷区道玄坂2-5-9
Dogenzaka 2-5-9
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 170-8419
Phone: (03) 3477-0002
Remarks: Near Shibuya Station’s Hachiko (the dog) Exit.

BIC CAMERA – Shibuya Higashiguchi Store
Address: Shibuya 1-24-12
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 150-0002
Phone: (03) 5466-1111
Remarks: On the corner near Shibuya Station’s East Exit.

BIC CAMERA – Shin-Yokohama Store
Address: 神奈川県横浜市港北区新横浜2-100-45 キュービックプラザ新横浜3F~9F
Shin-Yokohama 2-100-45 (Cubic Plaza 3rd–9th floors), Kohoku-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN 222-0033
Phone: (045) 478-1111
Remarks: Near Shin-Yokohama Station.

Bic Camera – Shinjuku Nishiguchi Store
Address: 東京都新宿区西新宿1-5-1 ハルク 2F-7F
Nishi Shinjuku 1-5-1 (Halc 2nd–7th floors)
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0023
Phone: (03) 5326-1111
Remarks: Right near JR Shinjuku Station’s West Exit. Huge store occupying 5 floors along with Bic P kan which is a computer store. It shares the same building as Odakyu HALC. Excellent selection of camera equipment, studio equipment, and personal computer equipment.

BIC CAMERA – Yurakucho Store
Address: Yurakucho 1-11-1
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 100-0006
Phone: (03) 5221-1111
Remarks: In front of JR Yurakucho Station. Occupies the building that was the Sogo Dept. Store.

BIC Camera has other branches in other major cities. See the list here http://www.biccamera.co.jp.e.lj.hp.transer.com/shoplist/index.html

Gin-ichi Studio Shop
東京都中央区月島1-14-9
Address: Tsukishima 1-14-9
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: 03-5548-5131 FAX: 03-5548-5135
URL: http://www.ginichi.com/
http://www.studioshop.jp/servicemenu
Remarks: Gin-ichi is geared for professionals.

Yodobashi Camera – Akihabara (Akiba)
Address: 東京都千代田区神田花岡町1-1 ヨドバシカメラマルチメディアAkiba
Kanda Hanaoka-cho 1-1
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 101-0028
Phone: (03) 5209-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0018/index.html
Hours: 9:30-22:00
Remarks: Huge branch of Tokyo’s favorite camera store. Right in front of JR Akihabara Station. The building also contains a bookstore (Yurindo), music shop (Tower Records), and restaurants which close at 11 pm.

Yodobashi Camera – Kinshicho Branch
Address: Termina Bldg. 1F, Koto-bashi 3-14-5
Sumida-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 130-8580
Phone: (03) 3632-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0023/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 21:00
Remarks: Full-fledged camera and computer store.
Right in the station building at JR Kinshicho Station (Sobu Line) South exit. Occupies the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors.

Yodobashi Camera – Machida Branch
Address: Hara Machida 1-1-11, Machida-shi
Tokyo, JAPAN 194-0013
Phone: (042) 721-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0027/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Right outside JR Machida Station South exit.

Yodobashi Camera – Shinjuku Higashi-guchi Store
Address: Shinjuku 3-26-7
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3356-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0013/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: This store is right near the East exit of JR Shinjuku Station. A convenient place to pick up film before boarding the train. Note that there is a bigger store (Higashi-guchi Branch) slightly farther away.

Yodobashi Camera – Shinjuku Nishi-guchi Main store
Address: 東京都新宿区西新宿1-11-1
Nishi-Shinjuku 1-11-1
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0023
Phone: (03) 3346-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0011/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 21:30
Remarks: Large camera store in Tokyo. Near this main store, you can also find other Yodobashi specialty shops such as for computers (Multimedia-kan), televisions (Terebi-kan), video games (Game/Music-kan), watches (Tokei Sogo-kan), and audio-visual equipment (AV Sogo-kan). Near JR Shinjuku Station West Exit (Nishi-guchi).

Yodobashi Camera – Ueno Store
Address: Ueno 4-10-10
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 110-0005
Phone: (03) 3837-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0025/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Full-fledged camera store. Near JR Ueno Station.

Yodobashi Camera – Yokohama Store
Address: Kita Saiwai 1-2-7, Nishi-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN 220-0005
Phone: (045) 313-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0033/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 21:00
Remarks: Near JR Yokohama Station.

Yodobashi also has stores in Kichijoji, Hachioji, Machida, Kawasaki (Kanagawa), Kamiooka (Yokohama), Chiba, and Utsunomiya (Tochigi).

OSAKA Camera Shops

BIC CAMERA – Namba Store
Address: 大阪府大阪市中央区千日前2-10-1
Sennichimae 2-10-1
Chuo-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 542-0074
Phone: (06) 6634-1111
Remarks: Near Namba Station and Nipponbashi Station.

Camera Naniwa – Shinsaibashi Main Store カメラのナニワ
Address: 1-3-12 Shinsaibashi 1 Building 2nd Floor
Chuo-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 542-8678
Phone: (06) 6281-4133
URL: http://www.cameranonaniwa.co.jp/shop_list/english.html
Remarks: Near Shinsaibashi Station (Midosuji subway line) Exit 5 and 6. Main store of this chain store.

Camera Sanwa
Address: Horie Bldg. 1st floor
Kita Horie 1-1-15
Nishi-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 550-0014
Phone: (06) 6536-2000
Fax: (06) 6538-3792
URL: http://www.camera-sanwa.co.jp/
Hours: 10:00 – 18:30 (till 18:00 on Sun.), closed Sun.
Remarks: Used and new camera equipment.
Near Shinsaibashi Station and Yotsubashi Station.

Fujii Camera
Address: 大阪市中央区心斎橋1-3-12 Trillo心斎橋2階
Trillo Shinsaibashi 2nd floor
Shinsaibashi 1-3-12
Chuo-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 542-0085
Phone: (06) 6281-0398
Fax: (06) 6281-0398
URL: http://www.fujiicamera.com/
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (till 18:00 on Sun.), closed Wed. and 2nd Sun., national holidays
Remarks: Classic cameras. Near Shinsaibashi Station. Map: http://www.fujiicamera.com/tenpo.html

Ohbayashi Camera
Address: Osaka Ekimae Daiichi Bldg. 1st floor
Umeda 1-3, 1-100
Kita-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 530-0001
Phone: (06) 6341-8091
Fax: (06) 6341-8039
URL: http://www.camera-no-ohbayashi.co.jp/
Hours: 9:30-20:00 (M-F), 10:00-19:30 (Sat.), 10:00-19:00 (Sun.)
Remarks: New and used camera equipment.
Near JR Osaka Station.

OS Camera Service
Address: 大阪市北区鶴野町4番コープ野村 A棟1120号
Kita-ku, Osaka, JAPAN
Phone: (06) 6373-7300
URL: http://www.os-camera.com/
Hours: 11:00-19:00, closed Sun., national holidays
Remarks: Used camera equipment near Umeda Station.

Yodobashi Camera – Umeda (Osaka) Branch
Address: 大阪市北区大深町1-1
Ofukacho 1-1
Kita-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 530-0011
Phone: (06) 4802-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0081/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Yodobashi’s big Osaka store is right near JR Osaka Station and Hankyu Umeda Station.

KYOTO Camera Shops

Camera no Naniwa – Kyoto Store
カメラのナニワ京都店
Address: Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto Shijo Street, gokomachi naramono-cho, 372
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN
Phone: (075) 257-7100
URL: http://www.cameranonaniwa.co.jp/shop_list/english.html
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Remarks: Near Shijo-Kawaramachi Station.

Media Joy Camera
(075) 257-5435
Fax: (075) 257-5433
URL: http://www.mediajoy.com/mjc/
Hours: 10:00-18:30, closed Sat., Sun.
Remarks: Classic cameras. Mail order only.

Yodobashi Camera – Kyoto Branch
Address: 京都府京都市下京区京都駅前 京都タワー横
Kyoto Tower-yoko, Kyoto Ekimae
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN 600-8216
Phone: (075) 351-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0083/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Yodobashi’s big Kyoto store is next to Kyoto Tower near JR Kyoto Station.

NAGOYA Camera Shops

Asahido Camera
Address: 名古屋市中区栄3-28-36
Sakae 3-28-36
Naka-ku
Nagoya, Aichi, JAPAN 460-0008
Phone: (052) 242-4188
Fax: (052) 261-6089
URL: http://www.asahidocamera.com/
Hours: 9:30-19:30, closed Tue., Sat.
Remarks: New and used camera equipment. Also repairs cameras.
Near Yabacho subway station, Exit 5. Walk on the right for 100 meters, and see the yellow building.

Bic Camera, Nagoya Station Nishi Branch
Address: 〒453-0015 愛知県名古屋市中村区椿町6-9
Tsubakicho 6-9, Nakamura-ku
Nagoya, Aichi, JAPAN 453-0015
Phone: (052) 459-1111
URL: http://www.biccamera.co.jp.e.lj.hp.transer.com/shoplist/index.html
Hours: 10:00 – 21:00, open every day
Remarks: Connected to the west side of JR Nagoya Station. Bic’s third largest store in Japan. Opened on Nov. 7, 2003.

Top Camera
Address: Nishiki 3-25-12
Naka-ku
Nagoya, Aichi, JAPAN 460-0003
Phone: (052) 971-0111
Fax: (052) 971-8892
URL: http://www.topcamera.co.jp/store_info/index_e.html
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Remarks: Large store stocking new and used camera equipment. Accepts trade-ins for new equipment. Duty-free shopping too.
Near Sakae Station (Higashiyama subway line), Exit 6. Branch store in Osu 3-30-86 (Daiichi Ameyoko Bldg.).

Northern Japan Camera Shops (Tohoku and Hokkaido)

BIC CAMERA – Sapporo Store
Address: 北海道札幌市中央区北5条2-1
Kita 5-jo 2-1, Chuo-ku
Sapporo, Hokkaido, JAPAN 060-0005
Phone: (011) 261-1111
URL:
Hours: 10:00-21:00
Remarks: Near JR Sapporo Station.
Map: http://www.biccamera.co.jp.e.lj.hp.transer.com/shoplist/index.html

Camera no Koseki/ Photo Tec
Address: 宮城県仙台市青葉区一番町4-2-10 仙台東映プラザ1F
Sendai Toei Plaza 1st floor, Ichibancho 4-2-10
Aoba-ku
Sendai, Miyagi, JAPAN 980-0811
Phone: (022) 222-3560
Fax: (022) 222-7135
URL: http://www.koseki.co.jp/shops/shop/phototec_ichibancho.html
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Remarks: New and used camera equipment.
Near JR Sendai Station.

Yodobashi Camera – Multimedia Koriyama Store
Address: 福島県郡山市駅前1-16-7
Ekimae 1-16-7, Koriyama-shi
Fukushima, JAPAN 963-8002
Phone: (024) 931-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0053/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Next to JR Koriyama Station West exit.

Yodobashi Camera – Multimedia Sapporo Store
Address: Kita 6-jo Nishi 5-1-22, Kita-ku
Sapporo, Hokkaido, JAPAN 060-0806
Phone: (011) 808-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0063/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Near JR Sapporo Station North exit in Hokkaido.

Yodobashi Camera – Multimedia Sendai Store
Address: 仙台市宮城野区榴岡1-2-13
Tsutsujigaoka 1-2-13, Miyagino-ku
Sendai, Miyagi, JAPAN 983-0852
Phone: (022) 295-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0058/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Right outside JR Sendai Station East Exit.

Yodobashi Camera – Niigata Store
Address: 新潟県新潟市花園1-1-1
Hanazono 1-1-1
Niigata-shi, Niigata, JAPAN 950-0086
Phone: (025) 249-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0051/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: In the JR Niigata Station building South exit.

KYUSHU Camera Shops

Yodobashi Camera – Hakata Store
Address: 福岡県福岡市博多区博多駅中央街6-12
Hakata-eki Chuogai 6-12
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka JAPAN 812-0012
Phone: (092) 471-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0088/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Near JR Hakata Station Chikushi exit.

Used camera shops in Tokyo

F1000015This is a list of used camera shops in Tokyo area (including Chiba and Kanagawa Prefectures) of Japan. In alphabetical order. Note that “used cameras” can also mean “classic cameras” aimed at collectors. Many of these shops also have an online store. Few of them can communicate in English, and they might not ship overseas. Besides these brick and mortar stores, we can buy used camera equipment online at Yahoo Japan Auctions.

Tokyo has an association of used camera shops called I.C.S. (Imported Camera Society) and you can view a Japanese list of member shops with maps. They also hold used camera fairs in Tokyo three times a year in Feb. (Matsuzaka Dept. Store in Ginza), May (Tokyu in Shibuya), and Oct. (Yurakucho). Many member shops gather to sell and show their wares at this fair. See the camera fair schedule here. Also see the PhotoVendors FAQ.

Compiled by Philbert Ono, updated: Feb. 1, 2016

Akasaka Camera
Address: 東京都松が谷 4-27-13
Tokyo, JAPAN 111-0036
Phone: (03) 6231-7811
URL: http://www.akasaka-camera.com/
Remarks: Near Iriya Station (no longer in Akasaka). Large selection of used Japanese and imported cameras and lenses, mainly rangefinder and collectables. Only a small collection of recent film SLRs.

Akihabara Nisshin Camera
Address: Kanda Iwamotocho 1-13
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 101-0033
Phone: (03) 3251-7504
Fax: (03) 3251-5194
URL: http://www.nisshin-camera.com/page/1
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (M-F), 10:00-19:00 (Sat., Sun., holidays)
Remarks: An impressive range of modern and collectable cameras at reasonable prices. If you are into manual focus 35mm then this is a good place to look. 35mm, medium/large format, digital. Near JR Akihabara Station (Yamanote Line) and Iwamotocho Station.

Alps-Do
Address: Shinjuku Terminal Bldg. 1st flooor
Shinjuku 3-23-1
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0022
Phone: (03) 3352-6337
Fax: (03) 3352-6171
URL: http://www.alpsdo.com/
Hours: 10:30 – 20:00, no holidays
Remarks: Classic cameras, used cameras, and accessories.
Near JR Shinjuku Station, East Exit (1 min. walk.)

Ameyoko Camera
Address: Ueno 4-7-8, Ameyoko Center, 3F
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3833-3671
URL: http://www.ame-came.co.jp
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Closed 3rd Wednesday)
Remarks: Classic camera and collectables specialty store with about 300 items to choose from, includes medium format and 35mm equipment. Near JR Ueno Station (Yamanote Line).

Camera Classic
Chiba, JAPAN
Phone: 04-7154-1037
URL: http://www.hobbyworld.co.jp/
Remarks: Mail order camera shop sells a fine collection of collectable classics. No brick and mortar store.

Champ Camera (Ginza Store)
Address: Ginza 5-15-1 Nankai Tokyo Bldg.
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3543-4547
URL: http://www.champcamera.co.jp/
Hours: 8:00-19:00, Sat. 9:00-18:00, closed Sun.
Remarks: Chain store that also sells new cameras. You can also make purchases on-line (within Japan). 35mm, medium/large format, digital. Near JR Yurakucho (Yamanote Line). Branch store list: http://www.champcamera.co.jp/stores/

Classic Camera Moritz
Address: 〒151-0053東京都渋谷区代々木2-19-12唐沢第二ビル2階
Yoyogi 2-19-12, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 5358-7641
URL: http://www.moritz.co.jp/
Hours: 10:00-19:00, Sat./Sun. 11:00-18:30
Remarks: A premium collection of classic film and 8mm movie cameras. Warranty: 3 months on selected items. 35mm, medium format. Near Shinjuku Station.

Fujikoshi Camera
Address: 東京都中央区日本橋室町1-13-4 室一ビル1階
Nihonbashi Muromachi 1-13-4 1st floor
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3241-1635
URL: http://www.fujikoshi-camera.co.jp/
Hours: 9:30-19:00, Sat./Sun. 10:00-18:00
Remarks: New and used classic cameras (mainly Leica, Minox, Hassy, Linhof and Rollei). Warranty: 6 months on items over 30,000 yen. 35mm, medium/large format. Near Mitsukoshi-mae Station (Ginza Subway Line).

Fujiya Camera
Address: Nakano 5-61-1
Nakano-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 164-0001
Phone: 03-5318-2222
URL: http://www.fujiya-camera.co.jp
Hours: 10:00-20:30
Remarks: Large and popular (mainly among foreigners) store with many Japanese (especially Nikon) and imported brands. Sells both new and used equipment. Near JR Nakano Station (Chuo Line) North Exit.

Hayata Camera Store
Address: 111-0032 東京都台東区浅草1-34-7 井上ビル2階
Asakusa 1-34-7, Inoue Bldg. 2nd floor
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3841-3035
URL: http://www.hayatacamera.co.jp/
Hours: Tue-Fri: 12:30-17:00, Sat: 11:30-19:00, closed Mon.
Remarks: Voigtlander specialty sales and classic camera repair store. Warranty: 6 months on selected items. 35mm and medium format. Near Asakusa Station (Ginza Subway Line).

Kamera no Gokurakudo カメラの極楽堂
Address: Toyama 1-1-8
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 5273-1932
URL: http://www.gokurakudo.net/
Hours: Tue.-Fri. 11:00-20:30, Sat./Sun. 10:00-18:00, closed Mon.
Remarks: New and used Contax camera and Carl Zeiss lens specialty shop. 35mm Contax and medium format. Near Wakamatsu-kowada Station (Oedo Subway Line)

Kawamasu Camera
Address: 東京都 台東区雷門1丁目5-8 Kaminari-Flat 1F
Kaminarimon 1-5-8, 1st floor
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3844-4711
URL: http://www.camera.jp/shopguide/kawamasu.html
Hours: 10:00-18:30, Sat. 10:00-18:00, Sun. and national holidays 10:00-17:00
Remarks: Large selection (over 1000 cameras and 3000 lenses) of sorts of used cameras and lenses. A collector’s dream store. Warranty: 6 months on selected items. 35mm, medium format. Near Asakusa Station (Ginza Subway Line).

Kikuya Camera
Address: Kikuya Bldg. B1F, Ueno 6-2-14
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 110-0005
Phone: 03-3832-2331
Fax: 03-3839-0320
URL: http://kikuya-camera.shop-pro.jp/
Hours: 10:00-19:00, closed Wed.
Remarks: Specializes in used imported brands like Leica, Hasselblad, and Rollei. Store is in the basement floor. Near Ueno Okachimachi subway station (Oedo Line) Exit A7, JR Okachimachi Station, Ueno Hirokoji Station (Ginza Line), and Naka Okachimachi Station (Hibiya Line). Map: http://kikuya-camera.shop-pro.jp/?tid=9&mode=f4

Lemon – Ginza Store
Address: Ginza 4-2-1
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3567-3131
Fax: (03) 3567-8100
URL: http://www.lemonsha.com/
Hours: 11:00-20:00, Sun. and national holidays 11:00-17:00
Remarks: Used cameras and accessories. It also offers to sell your used equipment at a favorable price. Lemon also has other branch stores in Shinjuku, Akihabara, Nagoya, and Osaka.

Lucky Camera
Address: Shinjuku 3-3-9
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3354-7898
Fax: (03) 3350-0780
URL: http://lucky-camera.com/english/
Hours: 10:00–20:00
Remarks: Near Shinjuku Sanchome Station (moved to this location in Nov. 2013). Buy, sell, and trade cameras. Leica specialist. Map in English provided on their website.

Map Camera
Address: Nishi-Shinjuku 1-13-6
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0023
Phone: (03) 3342-3381
Fax: (03) 3342-3350
URL: https://www.mapcamera.com/html/worldguide/english_page.html
Hours: 10:30-20:30
Remarks: There are two large stores. The No. 1 store sells used equipment (both Japanese and imported cameras), and the adjacent No. 2 store sells digital cameras. Near Shinjuku Station West Exit. Very close to Yodobashi.

Miyama Shokai
Address: Ginza 5-9-5
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3571-7527
URL: http://www.miyama-shokai.co.jp/contact.html
Hours: 10:30-19:30
Remarks: Used camera equipment. Near Ginza Station. Branch stores in Shinjuku (03-3356-1841) and Omiya (048-643-3316).

National Photo
Address: Jingumae 6-13-11 NP Bldg.
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3486-7761
URL: http://www.nationalphoto.co.jp/index01.htm
Remarks: Sells a wide selection of professional film and digital photographic equipment. Also sells collectables and used pro studio cameras. 35mm, medium/large format. Near Meiji Jingumae Station (Chiyoda Subway Line).

Nikon House (Sukiya Camera)
Address: 東京都中央区銀座4丁目2-13 クリスタルビル1F
Crystal Bldg. 1F, Ginza 4-2-13
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3561-6000
URL: http://www.sukiya.co.jp/nikonhouse_main.html
Hours: 10:00-19:00
Remarks: Store is at a prominent street corner in Ginza. Used Nikon equipment only. Branch store of Sukiya Camera. Near Ginza subway station Exit B5 and Yurakucho Station. Map: http://www.sukiya.co.jp/map.php

Nitto Camera
Address: Nakano, 5-49-6
Nakano-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3387-0111
Fax: (03) 3387-0112
URL: http://www.nitto-camera.co.jp/
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Closed Thursday)
Remarks: An interesting selection of cameras and top-quality lenses. A good place to visit if you make a trip to Fujiya Camera. Warranty: 6-12 months. 35mm and digital. Near JR Nakano Station (Chuo Line).

Ohnuki Camera
Address: Ohnuki Bldg. 1st floor
Miyagawa-cho 2-47, Naka-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN 231-0065
Phone: (045) 231-0306
Fax: (045) 231-8531
URL: http://www.camera-ohnuki.com/
Hours: 10:00-19:00, closed Wed.
Remarks: New and used camera equipment of all major brands. Near JR Sakuragicho Station and Hinode-cho Station (Keihin Kyuko).

Osawa Camera
Address: Ebisu Minami 1-1-12
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3719-0741
URL: http://www.oosawacamera.com/
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Remarks: Mainly stock manual focus 35mm cameras and lenses. Also repairs cameras. Near JR Ebisu Station (Yamanote Line) west exit.

Sankyo Camera 三共カメラ
Address: Ginza 4-10-11
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3543-3951
Fax: (03) 3546-1183
URL: http://www.sankyocamera.com/
Hours: 10:00-19:00 (till 18:30 on Sat.), 11:00-18:00 on national holidays., closed Sun.
Remarks: There are two stores in the same building in Ginza. On the 1st floor is the Main Store and the other on the 3rd floor is the Miharabashi Store (03-6278-7822) address above. The former sells imported cameras like Leica, while the latter sells Japanese brands. Near Higashi Ginza subway station. Map: http://homepage3.nifty.com/sankyocamera/access.html

Sanpoh Camera 三宝カメラ
Address: Meguro Honcho 2-5-5
Meguro-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3793-2273
URL: http://www.sanpou.ne.jp/shop/
Hours: 9:30-19:00, Sun 10:00-18:00
Remarks: Good selection of cameras at competitive prices. Often featured in Japanese camera magazines. 35mm, medium format, digital. Near Gakugei Daigaku Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line).

Shinbashi Ichi Camera 新橋イチカメラ
Address: Higashi Ueno 1-11-1
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3833-4311/4312
Fax: (03) 3833-4313
URL: http://www.shinbashi-camera.com/
Hours: 10:00-19:00 (till 18:00 on national holidays), closed Sundays except on the last Sun. of the month)
Remarks: This store deals in 35mm to large-format cameras. They also repair cameras. The store used to be in Shimbashi. 5-min. walk from the north exit of JR Okachimachi Station or 3 min. from Naka-Okachimachi Station on the Hibiya subway line.

Shuukou Watch & Camera 秀光
Address: Ueno 6-8-3
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 5816-3081
Fax: (03) 5816-6595
URL: http://www.syuukou.com/
Hours: 10:00-19:00, closed Wed.
Remarks: Buys and sells vintage cameras (Leica, Hasselblad, Rollei, Contax, Nikon) and watches (Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Iwc, Cartier, Omega). Near Ueno Station.

Sukiya Camera
Address: 東京都中央区銀座4-3-7 猿谷ビル1階
Ginza 4-3-7
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3571-5555
Fax: (03) 3571-5633
URL: http://www.sukiya.co.jp/
Hours: 10:00-19:30 (till 19:00 on Sun. and national holidays)
Remarks: Longtime used camera shop conveniently located in Ginza. Sells classic Japanese and Leica cameras and lenses. Open every day. Buy and sell. Near Ginza subway station Exit B5. Map: http://www.sukiya.co.jp/map.php

Toueido 東映堂
Address: Shinkawa 1-29-11
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 6825-7011
Fax: (03) 6825-7012
URL: http://www.toueido.co.jp/
Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Closed on Sat. and Sun.)
Remarks: Store that sells props, lighting and cameras for pro studio work. Medium/large format. Duty-free too. Near Kayabacho Station (Hibiya/Tozai Subway Line).

*Compiled by Philbert Ono with the kind assistance of former Japan resident and photographer Andrew Beveridge.

 

PhotoSpaces

Canon Gallery S

Canon Gallery S, Tokyo

List of photo exhibition venues and camera museums in Japan according to prefecture in alphabetical order. These galleries and museums are dedicated mainly to photography or they hold a photo exhibition on a regular basis. Most do not have information in English. Also read the PhotoSpaces FAQ.

Updated: Apr. 26, 2016

AICHI PREFECTURE

  • Canon Gallery Nagoya キヤノンギャラリー名古屋 Map – Near Fushimi Station, Exit 10.
  • Sony Store Nagoya ソニーストア名古屋
  • Nikon Plaza Nagoya ニコンプラザ名古屋 Map
  • Fujifilm Photo Salon Nagoya 富士フイルムフォトサロン名古屋 Map
  • Nagoya City Art Museum (Nagoya-shi Bijutsukan) 名古屋市美術館 – Opened in 1988, the museum is within Shirakawa Park. Mainly collects and shows paintings and prints. The photography collection centers on works by Nagoya photographers (members of the Nagoya Avant-Garde group from the late 1930s) and photographs of Mexico during the 1920s and ’30s. Holds photo exhibitions on occasion.Near three subway stations: Fushimi Station on the Higashiyama Line, get out Exit 5 and walk south for 8 minutes. Osu-kannon Station on the Tsurumai Line, get out Exit 1 and walk north for 7 minutes. Or Yabacho Station on the Meijo Line, get out Exit 4 exit and walk west for 10 minutes. Phone: (052) 212-0001
    地下鉄東山線・鶴舞線「伏見」下車、5番出口から南へ徒歩8分
    地下鉄鶴舞線「大須観音」下車、1番出口から北へ徒歩7分
    地下鉄名城線「矢場町」下車、4番出口から西へ徒歩10分
  • Wakita Gallery ワキタギャラリー – Located in a camera shop called Photo City Wakita. Near Kamimaetsu Station (Meijo or Tsurumai subway line) Exit 10. Phone: (052) 251-5226

AKITA PREFECTURE

AOMORI PREFECTURE

FUKUOKA PREFECTURE

FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE

  • Coal Pit コールピット
  • Fukushima City Museum of Photography (Hana no Shashinkan) (Fukushima-shi Shashin Bijutsukan) 花の写真館(福島市写真美術館) Map – Dedicated to flower photos. The permanent exhibition centers on Shotaro Akiyama’s donated works. Akiyama was one of Japan’s most famous photographers. He helped make nearby Hanamiyama park famous. A photo gallery for public use is also provided. 20-min. walk from JR Fukushima Station or catch a bus and get off at Hoken Fukushi Center. Phone: (024) 534-9777
  • Suehiro Classic Camera Museum 末廣クラシックカメラ博物館 – The museum is in a sake warehouse. Over 600 cameras are on display. Admission 300 yen. From Aizu-Wakamatsu Station, take a local bus to Otonamachi and walk 2 min. Phone: (0242) 27-0002

GIFU PREFECTURE

HIROSHIMA PREFECTURE

  • Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum 広島県立美術館
  • Kure Municipal Museum of Art (Kure Shiritsu Bijutsukan) 呉市立美術館 Map – Opened in 1982 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kure’s founding as a city. (“Kure” is pronounced KOO-ray.) The museum is in a park on a hill affording a great view of the harbor. There are also remnants of old military facilities in the same park. The photography collection was started in 1997, and it includes works by TOMATSU Shomei, NARAHARA Ikko, KIMURA Ihee, UEDA Shoji, HAGA Hideo (ocean-related festivals), and MIDORIKAWA Yoichi (Seto Inland Sea). The theme centers on the ocean and how people live with the ocean. 10 min. walk from JR Kure Station (30 min. from JR Hiroshima Station via the JR Kure Line). Phone: (0823) 25-2007

HOKKAIDO PREFECTURE

  • Canon Gallery Sapporo キヤノンギャラリー札幌 Map
  • Nikon Sapporo Service Center ニコン 札幌サービスセンター Map
  • Fujifilm Photo Salon Sapporo 富士フイルムフォトサロン札幌 Map
  • Photo Plaza 910 フォトプラザ910”(クドウ)フォトギャラリー Map
  • Higashikawa Bunka Gallery 東川町文化ギャラリー Map – Opened in 1989 and operated by Higashikawa-cho town that declared itself a “photo town” with an annual photo festival. The gallery is one of the main venues for the festival. Exhibits photos, sculptures, pictures and literary arts. It has over 1,200 photographs by famous Japanese photographers and overseas photographers who received the town’s photo awards in the past. They include UEDA Shoji, ISHIUCHI Miyako, HOSOE Eikoh, KON MIchiko, NARAHARA Ikko, ARAKI Nobuyoshi, SUGIMOTO Hiroshi, and HATAKEYAMA Naoya. The facility also has rental galleries.Fly to Asahikawa Airport (1 hour and 35 minutes from Tokyo Haneda airport) or take a train from Sapporo (1 hour and 20 minutes via limited express). From Asahikawa Airport, take a taxi (10 min.). From Asahikawa Station, take a bus to Higashikawa (40 min.). Phone: (0166) 82-4700
  • Kushiro Art Museum (English website) 北海道立釧路芸術館 – Opened in 1998, this large museum keeps a significant collection of photographs by well-known photographers such as SUGIMOTO Hiroshi, MORIYAMA Daido, FUKASE Masahisa, KAWADA Kikuji, TAHARA Keiichi, Kushiro native NAGAKURA Hiromi, and even Ansel Adams. 5-min. walk from JR Kushiro Station (walk south). Phone: (0154) 23-2381

IBARAKI PREFECTURE

KAGOSHIMA PREFECTURE

  • Shoko Shuseikan 尚古集成館 – Shimadzu family museum that opened in 1923. It has artifacts and materials tracing the history of the family. The Shimadzu (Shimazu) family was a samurai clan in Satsuma (present-day Kagoshima in southern Kyushu). In the mid-19th century, the clan was headed by Lord SHIMAZU Nariakira who acquired a daguerreotype camera from UENO Shunnojo-Tsunetari and experimented with it.In 1857, local scientist ICHIKI Shiro took a portrait of Lord SHIMAZU Nariakira, and this portrait is thought to be the oldest surviving daguerreotype taken by a Japanese photographer. It was discovered in 1975 by the Shimazu family in a warehouse. In 1999, the daguerreotype was designated as an “Important Cultural Property” by the Japanese government. It was the first photograph in Japan to be so designated. It is preserved at the Shuseikan.In 1858, Lord SHIMAZU is thought to have taken a collodian photograph of three women, titled “Three Princesses.” The image is also kept at the Shuseikan. After Nariakira, the next and last head of the Satsuma clan was Tadayoshi. He was also a shutterbug and his photos are preserved at the museum. From JR Nishi Kagoshima Station, 35 min. by Kagoshima City View bus. Get off at Sengan-en (Iso Teien). From Kagoshima Airport, 40 min. by taxi. Phone: (099) 247-1511

KANAGAWA PREFECTURE

  • Yokohama Museum of Art (English website) 横浜美術館 Map – This large-scale museum (designed by Kenzo Tange) is one of the pavilions left over from the YES Expo held in 1989. It features a number of facilities such as an Art Library, Lecture Hall, Citizen’s Workshop room, observation deck, museum shop, and restaurant. There are several gallery spaces, one of which is dedicated to photography.The Yokohama Art Museum actively pursues to expand its photography collection. It especially seeks photos showing the history of photography in Japan and the world. Early portraiture, pictorialism, and modern works. Works by early photographers such as Talbot as well as contemporary photographers such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Diane Arbus, and Robert Capa as well. Works by Japanese photographers like Domon Ken and Kimura Ihei can also be viewed. Admission is 500 yen.The excellent Art Library, which has many photography-related books, is open to the public for free. See the Web site for English directions and map. Ten-minute walk from Sakuragi-cho Station (JR Negishi Line or Keihin Tohoku Line, municipal subway, Tokyu Toyoko Line). Phone: (045) 221-0300
  • Yokohama Archives of History (Yokohama Kaiko Shiryokan) 横浜開港資料館 – Established in June 1981, this museum includes a large collection of picture postcards and 19th century vintage photos of Yokohama and Kanagawa. The exhibition floor shows how Yokohama was opened up to the West. The building used to be the British Consulate. Exhibitions center on the history of Yokohama’s opening to overseas trade. The reading room is excellent for Yokohama photography research. 12-min. walk from Kannai Station on the JR Keihin Tohoku Line. You can also get off at Sakuragi-cho Station and take bus No. 8, 11, 20, or 58. Get off at Kencho-mae. The Archives is right across from the Kanagawa Prefectural Office (Kencho). Phone: (045) 201-2100
  • Earth Plaza あーすぷらざ (神奈川県立地球市民かながわプラザ)
  • Minato Mirai Gallery みなとみらいギャラリー【クイーンズスクエア横浜 クイーンモール2F】
  • Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino 横浜市民ギャラリーあざみ野
  • mewe HASHIMOTO ミウィ橋本 5Fインナーガーデン – Venue for Photo City Sagamihara.
  • Kawasaki City Museum (Kawasaki-shi Shimin Museum) 川崎市市民ミュージアム –
    Opened in Nov. 1988, this large, imposing museum is somewhat out of the way, but well worth a visit. A few minutes by bus (for Shimin Museum) from Musashi Kosugi Station (JR Nanbu Line or Toyoko Line). It is within a large park called Todoriki Ryoku-chi. The 3-story museum’s collection includes photographs, posters, woodblock prints, videos, folk crafts, and historical artifacts like Jomon and Yayoi Period pottery dug up in Kawasaki.The museum’s collection includes photos taken in post-war Japan by 100 renown Japanese photographers such as Ueda Shoji, Akiyama Shotaro, Jumonji Bishin, and Araki Nobuyoshi. It also has a large collection of photographs by Hamaya Hiroshi. The museum holds photo exhibits in its dedicated photo gallery and major photo exhibits in a larger space. This museum was one of Japan’s first to dedicate museum space to photographs. Admission is 500 yen for the regular exhibits. Admission is free for the library and non-exhibition areas.The museum complex also has a darkroom, studio, workshop, video viewing space, and library. The library has a large collection of photo-related books. Most of the books are in closed stacks. You will have to check the library’s card catalog (all in Japanese) to find what you want to see, then fill out a short form. No materials can be taken out. Phone: (044) 754-4500

KOCHI PREFECTURE

KYOTO PREFECTURE

MIE PREFECTURE

  • Ise Washi Gallery 伊勢和紙ギャラリー【大豐和紙工業内】
  • Toba Sea-Folk Museum 海の博物館 – Award-winning history museum showing how the local people worked and interacted with the sea. Many photos of ama women divers. From JR or Kintetsu Toba Station, take a bus (25 min. ride) and get off at Umi no Hakubutsukan-mae. Walk 7 min. Phone: (0599) 32-6006

MIYAGI PREFECTURE

MIYAZAKI PREFECTURE

  • Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum 宮崎県立美術館 – Rental gallery, called Kenmin Gallery, offered for a low weekly rate. Application screening required. Located within a culture park (Bunka Koen). From Miyazaki Station, take a bus headed for Bunka Koen.

NAGANO PREFECTURE

  • Aono Kyosuke Photo Art Gallery 青野恭典フォトアートギャラリー【かんてんぱぱホール内】Map
  • Yukio Tabuchi Memorial Museum (Tabuchi Yukio Kinenkan) 田淵行男記念館 Map – Opened in 1990 by the town of Toyoshina-machi and dedicated to the late TABUCHI Yukio, a mountaineer photographer and researcher of mountain butterflies. Mountain photos and mountain butterfly exhibitions. Admission charged. From Matsumoto Station take the JR Oito Line to Hakuyacho Station and walk 20-min. Phone: (0263) 72-9964

NAGASAKI PREFECTURE

  • Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture (Nagasaki Rekishi Bunka Hakubutsukan) 長崎歴史文化博物館 – The museum’s collection centers on historical materials and artifacts related to Nagasaki’s trade relations with the Dutch and the Chinese during the Edo Period as well as Nagasaki’s art works. The photography collection centers on vintage photos and camera equipment, especially by UENO Hikoma, a native of Nagasaki and one of Japan’s pioneering photographers in the 19th century. For the sake of preservation, the vintage photos are not normally exhibited. From Nagasaki Station, take the streetcar and get off at Sakura-machi and walk for 7 min. Phone: (095) 818-8366
  • Nagasaki Prefectural Nagasaki Library (Nagasaki-kenritsu Nagasaki Toshokan)
    長崎県立長崎図書館 – The library preserves many historical photos of Nagasaki taken by UENO Hikoma, one of Japan’s pioneer photographers during the early Meiji Period. Photos may be viewed on request by going to the Kyodo-ka section on the 4th floor. From Nagasaki Station, take a bus and get off at Sakura-machi Koen-mae or Shiyakusho-mae. Or take the streetcar and get off at Sakura-machi or Kokaido-mae. Walk 5 min. Phone: (095) 826-5257

NARA PREFECTURE

  • Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography 入江泰吉記念 奈良市写真美術館 Map – Western Japan’s largest museum dedicated to photography opened in April 1992. Designed by KUROKAWA Kisho (who later won the 1991 Japan Art Academy Award), the museum was built upon the donation of IRIE Taikichi’s photographs (80,000 shots) taken during his lifetime. Originally named Nara City Museum of Photography. About 40 photos are displayed at one time. Exhibit themes change four times a year. Exhibits by local Nara photographers are also held. English captions provided. Admission charged. From JR or Kintetsu Nara Station, take the Shinai junkan (No. 1) bus and get off at Wari-ishicho (12 min.). 15-min. walk from this bus stop. Follow the signs. It is west of the Shin Yakujishi Temple. Phone: (0742) 22-9811

OKINAWA PREFECTURE

OSAKA PREFECTURE

SAITAMA PREFECTURE

  • Shirasagi Memorial Museum of Natural History シラサギ記念自然史博物館 – The museum’s collection includes 150 white heron photographs by the late TANAKA Tokutaro who started a movement to protect the birds in Noda, Urawa city (now called Saitama city) where they were once abundant. About 50 photos taken during the late 1950s and 1960s are always on display from the collection. The museum’s theme is environmental protection. From Omiya Station, take the bus for Naka Noda Hikikaeshiba and get off at Noda Shogakko. The museum in within the grounds of the Urawa Gakuin High School. Phone: (048) 878-0500

SHIMANE PREFECTURE

  • Shimane Art Museum (Shimane Kenritsu Bijutsukan) 島根県立美術館 – Splendid museum opened in 1999 along the shore of Lake Shinji, famous for sunsets. The museum collects and exhibits oil paintings (centering on water themes), Japanese prints, wooden sculpture, art from Shimane, and Western and Japanese photography. The photo collection centers on vintage prints by overseas artists. It has photos by Japanese photographers like FUKUHARA Shinzo, SUGIMOTO Hiroshi, NARAHARA Ikko, and MORIYAMA Daido. A 15 minute walk from JR Matsue Station. Or take the Lakeline bus from JR Matsue Station and get off at the Shimane Art Museum stop. Phone: (0852) 55-4700
  • Shisei Kuwabara Photographics Museum 桑原史成写真美術館 – Opened in 1997, photo gallery dedicated to exhibiting Tsuwano native KUWABARA Shisei’s documentary photographs. Kuwabara is best known for his photos of Minamata mercury-poisoning victims. His photos of Korea, Vietnam, and Russia are also exhibited. The gallery has about 570 of Kuwabara’s photos in its collection and holds four exhibitions a year. The gallery was formerly called Tsuwano Documentary Photograph Gallery (Tsuwano Gendai Photo Gallery) up to March 2004. Admission charged. One min. walk from JR Tsuwano Station (Yamaguchi Line). Phone: (0856) 72-3171

SHIZUOKA PREFECTURE

  • IZU PHOTO MUSEUM
  • Shimooka Renjo Photo Museum (Shimooka Renjo Shashin Kinenkan)
    下岡蓮杖写真記念館 – Museum dedicated to SHIMOOKA Renjo, a Shimoda native and pioneering Japanese photographer during the late 19th century. His various documents and materials, vintage photos, and vintage cameras are displayed. Near Izukyu Shimoda Station. Take the Shimoda Ropeway up to Nesugata Hill.

TOKYO PREFECTURE

Nikon Museum

Nikon Museum

Tokyo has Japan’s highest concentration of photography museums, galleries, and exhibitions. Only one museum is dedicated mainly to photography, while a few other art museums have a significant photography department. Photography galleries are mainly private galleries representing photographers and camera makers’ photo galleries such as by Canon and Nikon. Then there are other spaces large and small which exhibit photography on occasion.

  • Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (formerly Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography) – Japan’s largest photography museum  in Yebisu Garden Place near Ebisu Station in Tokyo. Note that due to major renovations, the museum of is closed until fall 2016. It will reopen with a new name in English and new URL. The name in Japanese remains the same.

Fine-art photo galleries selling photography in Tokyo include:

Private and camera makers’ photo galleries in Tokyo include:

  • Canon Gallery Ginza – Photo gallery near Higashi Ginza Station. Exhibits works by photographers who passed the screening for a show. Gallery is part of Canon’s camera showroom and service center.
  • Canon Gallery S – Photo gallery near Shinagawa Station’s Konan exit. Exhibits works by prominent Japanese photographers. Map
  • Nikon Salon – Photo gallery in Ginza and Shinjuku.
  • Nikon Museum – New museum opened in Oct. 2015 on the second floor of Nikon’s head office in Shinagawa, Tokyo. It is to mark the 100th anniversary of Nikon’s foundation in 2017. The swank museum has 580 m² of exhibition space to show all their products, including a showcase of 450 Nikon cameras dating back to 1948. Other exhibits show Nikon’s other products such as steppers, microscopes, and binoculars. Very comprehensive exhibits on Nikon’s history and technologies. There is also a museum shop selling Nikon merchandise like postcards and tote bags.
  • Konica Minolta Plaza – Photo gallery near Shinjuku Station’s East Exit. Although the camera maker has been absorbed by Sony, this gallery still exists.
  • Monochrome Gallery RAIN – Fine-art photo gallery near Ikejiri Ohashi Station (Den’en Toshi Line, one stop from Shibuya). Run by a family headed by a fine-art photographer. They curate exhibitions (not a rental gallery) and represent artists. Open only on weekends.
  • Pentax Forum – Photo gallery near Shinjuku Station’s West Exit.
  • epSITE Epson Imaging Gallery – Gallery near Shinjuku Station’s West Exit.
  • photographers gallery – Photo gallery in Shinjuku.
  • Place M – Photo gallery run by Daido Moriyama and others.
  • Photobook Diner Megutama 写真集 食堂
    Address: 3-2-7-1F Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Phone/Fax: 03-6805-1838
    Hours: Weekdays- 11:30~23:00 (last order 22:00)
    Weekends /Holidays- 12:00~22:00(last order 21:00), Closed: Mondays (if Monday is a holiday, we will close on Tuesday).
    Eatery near Ebisu Station with 5,000 photobooks for customers to browse freely. From the collection of Iizawa Kohtaro, a well-known photo critic.
  • JCII Camera Museum (English website) 日本カメラ博物館 Map – Operated by the JCII (Japan Camera and Optical Instruments Inspection and Testing Institute), this museum which opened in 1989 has a collection of over 4,000 cameras made in Japan and overseas. The permanent exhibition shows historical cameras. Special exhibitions are also held. Admission charged. The museum also has an excellent collection of vintage Japanese photographs. Booklets for past special exhibits are available. In the building next door, you can also visit the JCII Photo Salon and library. Near Hanzomon Station (Hanzomon subway line) Exit 4 (Diamond Hotel). After exiting the hotel, go to the right. Then turn right into the first road. Walk a little more and you will see JCII Photo Salon and later the museum on the right in an adjacent building. Phone: (03) 3263-7110

A comprehensive English list of other galleries, museums, and exhibition spaces in Tokyo and Kanagawa (Yokohama, etc.) which may show photography exhibitions is provided by Tokyo Art Beat at the following Web page:

http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/venue/

They also have a list of exhibition spaces in the Kanto area outside Tokyo, such as in Saitama, Chiba, Ibaraki, and Tochigi:

http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/list/venue_area_other

This page lists current photo exhibitions in the Tokyo/Kanto area:

http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/list/event_type_print_photo_bypopular

TOTTORI PREFECTURE

  • Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography 植田正治写真美術館 Map – This chic-looking museum opened in Sept. 1995, housing the photographs of the honorable UEDA Shoji (1913-2000). He is most noted for his Tottori Sand Dune pictures where he places people like objects in the sand. He donated his photographs (about 12,000) to Kishimoto-cho, the town where the museum is located. The crescent-shaped museum itself is a work of art, and the architect, Shin Takamatsu, won an award for it. It’s one of Japan’s must-see photo museums. The museum faces Mt. Daisen, Tottori Prefecture’s most prominent mountain, and the museum is designed to give you a clear view of the mountain. The museum consists of four box-shaped buildings. Three of them are gallery spaces which show his photographs. The fourth building is a giant camera obscura with the world’s largest camera lens on the wall facing Mt. Daisen. When the lens is opened, you can see the outside scene (of Mt. Daisen) projected upside down on the opposite wall.To reach the museum via public transportation, you have to get to Yonago Station first. From there, you can take a local train to Kishimoto Station. The museum is a 5-min. taxi ride from Kishimoto Station. Museum is closed during winter from Dec. to Feb.Few train runs from Yonago, so check the train schedule ahead of time. There are also buses from Yonago Station. However, therre aren’t that many buses and it takes over an hour because it goes to other places before reaching the museum. If you are pressed for time, just take a taxi from Yonago Station to the museum. It will cost about 3,000 yen and 15 min. Phone: (0859) 39-8000
  • Yonago City Museum of Art (Yonago-shi Bijutsukan) 米子市美術館 Map – Opened in 1983. The museum’s collection includes paintings, pottery and photographs by local artists. The photo collection has about 650 fine-art prints by Tottori photographer UEDA Shoji, SHIOTANI Teiko, and members of the Yonago Shayukai photo club active in the 1920s and ’30s. Near JR Yonago Station (15-min. walk or 5-min. bus ride, get off at Shiyakusho-mae). Phone: (0859) 34-2424

TOYAMA PREFECTURE

  • Fukuoka Camera Museum ミュゼふくおかカメラ館 Map – Takaoka, Toyama. A classic camera museum. Holds photo exhibitions on occasion. The beautiful building was designed by Ando Tadao. Small admission charged. Near JR Fukuoka Station on the Hokuriku Line. Phone: (0766) 64-0550

WAKAYAMA PREFECTURE

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama (Wakayama Kenritsu Kindai Bijutsukan) 和歌山県立近代美術館 – Opened in 1970, this museum was Japan’s fifth public museum devoted to modern art. It later moved to the current building built in 1994. The museum’s collection centers on print artists. Its photo collection has about 200 prints by Japanese and overseas artists such as SUGIMOTO Hiroshi, MORIMURA Yasumasa, Ei Q, and Cindy Sherman. From JR Wakayama Station, take a bus and get off at Kencho-mae (10-min. ride). Or from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station, take the bus at Bus Stop No. 9 and get off at Kencho-mae (7-min. ride). The museum is across from wakayama Castle and the Wakayama Prefectural Office (Kencho). Phone: (073) 436-8690

YAMAGATA PREFECTURE

  • Ken Domon Museum of Photography 土門拳記念館 Map – In Sakata, a modern museum dedicated to Ken Domon, a legendary Japanese photographer. The museum has 70,000 works by Domon as well as works by past winners of the Domon Ken Photo Award. From Sakata Station (JR Uetsu Main Line), take the Run Run bus for a 16-min. ride. Or from Shonai Airport, take the limousine bus (takes 30 min.). The museum is within Iimoriyama Park. Phone: (0234) 31-0028

YAMAGUCHI PREFECTURE

Hayashi Tadahiko exhibition room at Shunan City Museum of Art and History.

  • Shunan City Museum of Art and History (Tokuyama-shi Bijutsu Hakubutsukan) 周南市美術博物館 – Opened in 1995 as a museum introducing the history of Tokuyama and art works by Japanese and overseas artists. The photography collection centers on 1,514 works of renown photographer HAYASHI Tadahiko (1918-1990) who was a native of Tokuyama. There is a very impressive HAYASHI Tadahiko Memorial Room (林忠彦記念室) exhibiting his works. He is best known for portraits of famous Japanese writers (especially SAKAGUCHI Ango sitting in a room full of trashed paper) and post-war photos of a war-ruined Tokyo. The exhibition room even has a replica of a bar in Tokyo’s Ginza that was a watering hole for many writers that Hayashi photographed after WWII. (Photos here) 5 min. by taxi from JR Tokuyama Station. Buses also available, get off at Dobutsuen Bunka Kaikan Iriguchi. On Wed., Fri., weekends, and national holidays, there’s a special bus running once an hour. Get off at Bijutsu Hakubutsukan-mae. Phone: (0834) 22-8800

YAMANASHI PREFECTURE

  • Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts 清里フォトアートミュージアム Map – Opened in July 1995 with Hosoe Eikoh as the museum’s director. For its annual “Young Portfolio” project, the museum selects, purchases, and exhibits photos taken by young photographers (under 35) or taken when the photographer was young (in their 20s). Works by many young overseas photographers are also selected for the museum’s collection.
    The museum’s basic philosophy is “having a feeling for life” whether its people or nature. Platinum prints (IZU Kenro, etc.) and works by famous overseas photographers (Robert Frank, William Klein, Edward Weston, etc.) are also in the museum’s large collection. Admission charged. At Kobuchizawa Station on the JR Chuo Main Line, transfer to the JR Koumi Line and get off at Kiyosato Station. 10 min. by car from Kiyosato Station. Phone: (0551) 48-5599
  • Kawaguchi-ko Museum of Art 河口湖美術館 Map – Public art museum opened in 1991 near the shore of Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The museum’s photography collection centers on the works of OKADA Koyo (1895-1972) who photographed Mt. Fuji. The museum also holds an annual Mt Fuji photo contest and 100 works are selected for an exhibition at the museum during Jan. to March. Admission charged. 10-min. bus ride from Kawaguchi-ko Station on the Fuji Kyuko Line. Take the bus at stop 2 or 4. Phone: (0555) 73-2829
  • Shiro Shirahata Photo Gallery 南アルプス山岳写真館・白籏史朗記念館 – Mountain climbers and photographers will enjoy the museum’s display of photos of Japan’s southern alps taken by the late SHIRAHATA Shiro, a noted mountaineer photographer. About 40 of his photos are displayed from a collection of 150. The museum opened in a new and much larger building in 1991. Admission includes entry to the nearby History and Folk Museum (Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan). From Minobu Station (JR Minobu Line), take a bus (for Narada) and get off at the last stop. Phone: (0556) 48-2552

The embedded map below (by CAPA magazine) shows many of the photo galleries.

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