Japanese buzzword for 2017: Insta-bae

NHK TV program about the Instagram boom.

At the end of each year, a major Japanese publisher of reference books gives an award to the year’s most popular buzzword. The Japanese press gives this wide coverage to reflect the current times. Thirty words have been nominated for this honor in 2017 and one of them is photography-related.

It is “Insta-bae” (インスタ映え) which basically means “taking photos to show-off on Instagram.”

On the morning of Sept. 16, 2017, NHK TV in Japan aired a very interesting program about the Instagram boom in Japan. It was a discussion among a few celebrities and social media experts. They talked about the major aspects and issues about Instagram use, especially by young women in Japan.

The keywords for popular Instagrammers were “Kawaii,” “Kolorful,” and “Kako” (digital filters/enhancement). That’s what you need to focus on to become an Instagram star. One example they showed was a girl named “Nano” who used a pink theme to show confections. (Her Instagram wall is pink.)

The motivation behind Instagram is to show something “Right now,” “Only here,” and “Only me.” It’s about instant, fleeting, and unique moments plus You, the star. Vis-a-vis other conventional social media which was more about “Anytime,” “Anywhere,” and “Anybody.”
They also mentioned that a whopping 40% of Instagrammers and social media users in Japan were going on trips and to restaurants mainly to post photos on social media. So it’s creating economic ripples as they buy train tickets, food, etc.

It’s a great way to publicize products and businesses and for marketers to see current consumer trends and preferences. Many amusement facilities have set-up picture-taking ops or backgrounds just for these Instagrammers. Like a water park providing mermaid costumes for girls to wear for Instagram photos.

The social media experts also cited major differences between Instagram and Twitter. On Instagram, at least in Japan, there is a culture of praising each other. Post on Instagram and people will give you compliments. While on Twitter, you can be subject to flaming or criticism. (“Your makeup/hair looks ugly today!” etc.) So Japanese users seem to favor Instagram over Twitter.

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Renting fake friends for a fake party photo.

On the darker side, users can become obsessed with the numbers game of gaining more “Likes” and comments. Their lives may revolve around social media so much that it affects their work or mental health. They might also go as far as posting fake or staged photos. Like borrowing a friend’s Gucci bag and posting it as their own. Or renting fake friends (¥8,000/person for 2 hours) to pose with you at a fake party so you can post the photos (photo above). Then there are followers who get tired of keeping up with all these people leading “exciting and wonderful” lives. The drudgery of “liking” all these photos…

If you can read Japanese, you can see the complete list of 2017’s nominated buzzwords in Japan here: http://singo.jiyu.co.jp/

They will announce the winner of 2017’s buzzword award on Dec. 1 at 5:00 pm.

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).”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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