Independent Camera Repair Centers in Japan

If you have an old or classic camera which the original manufacturer cannot repair anymore due to the lack of spare parts or bankruptcy, you can try one of the following independent camera service centers in Japan. If you call to receive a repair estimate, you’ll likely need to speak in Japanese. They also accept email for estimate requests. Besides walk-in service, you can also send in your camera for repair.

Hasegawa Kosakusho 長谷川工作所
Address: Higashi Ueno 6-4-12
Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan 110-0015
Phone: (03) 3844-8704
Fax: (03) 3844-0437
Web Site:
Hours: 9:00-17:00, closed Sat., Sun., national holidays
Other Info: Repairs film cameras, especially Pentax, and Panasonic/National flash unit. Near Inaricho Station (Ginza subway line).

Hayata Camera Lab ハヤタ・カメララボ
Address: Doi Bldg. 2nd floor
Asakusa 1-34-7
Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan 111-0032
〒111-0032 東京都台東区浅草1-34-7 井上ビル2階
Phone: (03) 3841-3035
Fax: (03) 3841-3036
Web Site:
Hours: 11:30-19:00, closed Sun. and Mon.
Other Info: Repairs classic cameras of most major brands like Leica, Rolleiflex, Nikon, Canon, etc. They emply a membership system, so you have to be a member. Near Asakusa Station Exit 3. First floor is a Japanese-style coffee shop, so look up at the second floor.

Kanto Camera Service 関東カメラサービス
Address: Tsutsumine 49-1, Kawasaki-ku
Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan 210-0026
〒210-0026 神奈川県川崎市川崎区堤根49-1
Phone: (044) 541-8111
Fax: (044) 541-8116
Web Site in English:
Hours: M-F 10 am to 7 pm, closed Wed.
Other Info: Full-scale repair center that can overhaul, restore, and repair cameras and lenses. Leica and Nikon specialists. Near JR Kawasaki Station.

Nikken Techno 日研テクノ
Address: Minami Horie 2-10-2
Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan 550-0015
〒550-0015 大阪市西区南堀江2-10-2

Phone: (06) 6538-0506
Fax: (06) 6538-0509
Web Site:
Other Info: Large company which repairs compact and SLR film and digital cameras and lenses of major brands. Also repairs video cameras. Besides the head office in Osaka, they have the following branches as well as branches in France.

Tokyo: Phone: 03-5753-6288 Fax: 03-5753-6266
〒143-0006 東京都大田区平和島6-1-1
東京流通センター センタービル8階

Nagoya: Phone: 052-231-0712 Fax: 052-261-0745

Suwa (Nagano): Phone: 0266-28-6321 Fax: 0266-28-6322
〒393-0063 長野県諏訪郡下諏訪町花咲町267-8

Kanazawa: Phone/Fax: 076-292-3544
〒921-8011 石川県金沢入江2-54中村ビル4F

Sendai: Phone: 022-716-5057 Fax: 022-716-5058
〒980-0014 宮城県仙台市青葉区本町2-10-33 第二オフィスビル

Chugoku Service Station (Hiroshima): Phone/Fax: 082-875-5860
〒731-0138 広島県広島市安佐南区祇園3丁目26-15

Sparrow Photo スパロウ・フォト
Address: Nihonbashi Bakurocho 1-8-6
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 103-0002
Phone: (03) 3661-1555
Fax: (03) 3661-5958
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-19:00 (M-F), 11 am to 4 pm on 1st Sat. of the month, closed 2nd and 3rd Sat. and Sun. and national holidays
Other Info: Repairs wooden (mahogany) Deardoff large-format cameras. Near JR Bakurocho Station and Bakurocho-Yokoyama Station.

Sukiya Camera スキヤカメラ
Address: Ginza 4-3-7 1st floor
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 104-0061
〒104-0061 東京都中央区銀座4-3-7 猿谷ビル1階
Phone: 03-3571-5555
Fax: 03-3571-5633
Web Site:
Other Info: Repairs M-series Leica cameras and Nikon. They are also a classic camera dealer. Affiliated with Nikon House in Ginza.

Tokyo Camera Service 東京カメラサービス
Address: Sakuragaoka 2-15-15
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 156-0054
156-0054 世田谷区桜丘2-15-15
Phone: 03-5490-8524
Fax: 03-3482-3732
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-18:00, closed Sat., Sun., and national holidays
Other Info: Repairs and restores Japanese cameras. Near Chitose Funabashi Station on the Odakyu Line.

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Exhibition by ryan libre at Shinjuku Nikon Salon, April 2010

Portraits of Independence

Inside the Kachin Independence Army at the Shinjuku Nikon Salon; April 27th till May 3rd, 2010.  gallery talk May 1st at 1pm.

Photo workshop on the 4th and 5th. 5,000 per day.

more information about the show and workshop at

In Burma everyone is oppressed. The Kachins, being ethnic and religious minorities, have it even worst.

The KIO/KIA (Kachin Independence Organization) are on the forefront of many major issues in Myanmar this year: the Border Guard Force issue, negotiating state rights, contesting the new constitution, the Myitsone Dam and the 2010 elections. The KIO/KIA is not just fighting against the military government, they are proactive on many fronts from health care and education to infrastructure and agriculture.

They run a nearly complete parallel government ready to take power if given state rights or independence. This exhibition will give you a closer look at who they are and what they do and show the current situation in Kachin on many fronts. Also many photos of Culture and religion in Kachin

Ricoh Repair Centers in Japan

Ricoh has two service stations in Japan (Tokyo and Osaka) where you can take your Ricoh camera or lens for repairs. They also offer same-day repair service for certain camera models. Updated: Sept. 7, 2014

Ricoh Tokyo Service Center
Address: Helios II Bldg. 3rd floor, Funado 1-12-11
Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, Japan 174-0041
Phone: 03-3960-5140
Fax: 03-3960-5147
〒174-0041 東京都板橋区舟渡1-12-11ヘリオス II ビル3階
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, closed Sat., Sun., and national holidays

Ricoh’s Tokyo Service Center also offers same-day repair service for the following cameras: GR / GR DIGITAL IV / GR DIGITAL III / GR DIGITAL II / GX200 / CX6 / CX5 / CX4 / CX3 / CX2 / CX1. You can bring your camera to he service center for repairs completed the same day. Hours for same-day servicing are 9 am to 3 pm on weekdays only (closed on Sat. and Sun.).

Directions: Note that they moved away from their previous Ginza location in May 2013. Now near Ukima-Funado Station (JR Saikyo Line). Map here
Web site:

Ricoh Osaka Service Center
Address: Pearl Bldg. 2nd floor
Minami-senba 1-17-9
Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan 541-0081
Phone: 06-6271-7996
Fax: 06-6271-3612
〒542-0081 大阪府大阪市中央区南船場1-17-9 パールビル2F
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, closed Sat., Sun., and national holidays

Ricoh’s Osaka Service Center also offers same-day repair service for the following cameras: GR / GR DIGITAL IV / GR DIGITAL III / GR DIGITAL II / GX200 / CX6 / CX5 / CX4 / CX3 / CX2 / CX1. You can bring your camera to the service center for repairs completed the same day. Hours for same-day servicing are 9 am to 1 pm on weekdays only (closed on Sat. and Sun.).

Directions: Near Nagahoribashi Station (Sakaisuji subway line).
Web site:

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ART FAIR TOKYO 2010, April 2-4, 2010

We are pleased to announce our participation to ART FAIR TOKYO 2010.

For details about the fair, please visit the following website:
We are greatly value your patronage and look forward to seeing you at the fair.
Thank you.

Dates and hours :

Friday, April 2 11:00am-9:00pm
Saturday, April 3 11:00am-8:00pm
Sunday, April 4 10:30am-5:00pm
* The hour of the last admission is 30 mins before the closing.
First Choice
Thursday, April 1 4:00pm-7:00pm
Opening Preview
Thursday, April 1 7:00pm-9:00pm
* Invited guests and press

Venues :

Venue I: Tokyo International Forum, B2F Exhibition Hall
3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Venue II: PROJECTS: Tokyo International Forum,
Lobby Gallery 1, 2
3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

* MEM will present at booth No.E15 at Venue I.

Artsits :
Ken Kitano, Yasumasa Mormura, Yoshio Kitayama, Tomoko Sawada, Noriko Yamaguchi, Chiyuki Sakagami

Ken Kitano

Ken Kitano’s early photographic series “Flow and Fusion” will be exhibited during the fair on the occasion of the publishing of his monograph from the same series. “Flow and Fusion” is the first milestone for the artist who later produced a well-known portrait series “our face”. The series was shot from 1989 to the mid 1990s, when Japan went through several historical events; the collapse of the Bubble Economy, the South Hyogo Prefecture Earthquake and the sarin terrorism attack. We sold 60 prints of the monograph in Paris Photo 2009, which attracted widespread media attention. Several new images from ヤour faceユ series will also be on display.

(from upper left) one day/ Mt.Fuji sunrise to sunset,Yamanashi(2007),Tsutenkaku morning to evening, Osaka(2008)
(from lower left) our face /portraits of 39 People Floating Lanterns down the River Motoyasu in Memory of Atomic Bomb Victims on August 6, 2004, Hiroshima (2006) / portraits of 20 women who washing themselves in River Ganges in Varanasi,India (2008) / portraits of 25 traditional folk dancers, Seoul, Korea (2009)

Yasumasa Morimura

His solo exhibition has just started at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, which is already attracting attention. The show consists of his latest works focusing on male historical icons who survived in the turbulent days of the 20th century as a requiem for them. We will select a several images from the ヤactressユ series which was produced in the middle of his self-portraiture carrier starting in the 1980s.

Self-portrait(Actress)/after Mariene Dietrich 6(1996) Mユs self (1993)

Yoshio Kitayama

Since the 1980s he has joined international expositions including the Venice Biennale (1982), Carnegie International (1982, Pittsburg), and Triennial India (1991, New Delhi), and has been recognized as a sculptor who works on large pieces made with bamboos and washi paper. In 1997 he started a series of large-scale monochrome paintings on Japanese paper including two series ヤiconユ and ヤuniverseユ. ヤIconユ shows enlarged human figures drawn from little clay sculptures he makes in advance. In the ヤuniverseユ series, his numerous and meticulous touches in black ink create a series of phenomenal pictures of the universe, which could be compared to the Mandala in Buddism. In 2008 he installed a 15meter high sculpture on 90thfloor of the World Financial Center Shanghai which gained much attention. Within the two exhibitions at MEM (2010), we focused on his works on paper and explored how his works have changed since 1986. The show was introduced through reviews in the Japan Times and other national media. At the fair, we will show several new paintings.

All things are in a state of flux(2009)    good news(2010)

Tomoko Sawada

We will show Sawadaユs early works which was produced during the 1996-97. During the process of making this series Sawada said ‘I was really happy and excited while seeing the images of my face gradually coming up on the print papers when I was working in the darkroomユ.
We hope you will see the series of works ヤEarly Daysユ which has later established Sawadaユs style as a self-portraiture artist.

Early Days Doll#5(1997)              Decoration/Face (2008)

Noriko Yamaguchi

Noriko Yamaguchi is a part of the younger generation within the Japanese art scene. She uses a combination of video and photography as well as performance art. The most well-known series ‘KEITAI GIRL’ (2004) presents a futuristic image of human beings who have implanted electronic communication devices all over their body. The work focuses on today’s digital communication with cell-phones in relation with the human body. Another series, ‘PEPPERMINT GIRL'(2007), also explore her obsession with skin; she is covered with thousands of pieces of chewing gum that in some sense is used as a metaphor for DNA, conveying human genes from generation to generation. She has performedヤKEITAI GIRLユon the occasion of Paris Photo’s opening in 2008, and this year she is planning to give a new performance at ARTHK’s opening event. Italy based critique, Fabriano Fabbri has wrote about her works and performance in his latest publication ‘lo zen e il manga (zen and manga / 2009)’.

KEITAI GIRL IMEKURA SHOW 2009(performance in Kyoto)      Golden Zazame no.2 (2005)

Chiyuki Sakagami

Her drawings were included in the group show ユparallel visionユ (Setagaya City Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1993), ヤFlood-sacred irruptionユ (Hara Museum of Art,Tokyo, 1994) , ヤArtists from Japan and Koreaユ (2002, National Museum of Art, Osaka, and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul 2002), ヤEmotional Drawingsユ (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2008), and some other national/international exhibitions. Her new prints with detailed pictures will be on show at the fair.

If the butterfly’s wings are torn off(2007)     tropical night/ at brackish-water region(2007)

Contact : MEM
Arai bldg.4F-16, 2-1-1, Imabashi, Chuoku, Osaka 5410042 Osaka Japan tel.06-6231-0337
fax.06-6231-0338 PIC: Ami Fukuda, E-Mail: <> URL:

Pixel race ending in saturated digicam market

Japan sales of digital cameras in 2009 shrank by 4.5% compared to 2008. The average camera price also decreased by an average of about 7% compared to 2008 prices. This is according to BCN, a market research company in Japan and reported by NHK TV news today.

The economic recession combined with a saturated digicam market are cited as primary reasons for the shrinkage.

To stimulate demand and stop the slide in camera prices, camera makers are now focusing on providing unique features in their digital cameras rather than continuing the pixel race. For example, FujiFilm has marketed a compact digital camera having face recognition for pets. It can continue to focus on the face of your moving dog or cat whose face has been registered with the camera. Olympus has also marketed a very compact and lightweight D-SLR.

Sales of D-SLRs have also decreased since Sept. 2009. BCN reported that Sept. 2009 unit sales of D-SLRs reached only 96.2% of the total sold in Sept. 2008. D-SLR sales had been increasing for over 4 years until Sept. 2009.

Another interesting trend in Japan is that the D-SLR market is moving toward a higher-priced segment. In Sept. 2008, about half the total of D-SLRs sold were priced below 80,000 yen. But a year later, little over half the D-SLRs sold in Sept. 2009 were priced within 80,000 to 120,000 yen. That’s a 13.6% jump compared to a year before. D-SLR prices have stabilized and/or the market is moving up to higher-end models.

Canon and Nikon account for about 70% of D-SLR sales in Japan. Canon leads Nikon in market share in most months, but it’s a real tug of war between them. The monthly market share also hinges on the introduction of a new model by Canon or Nikon.

The best-selling D-SLR in Japan every month is almost always the Canon Kiss series (X, X2, X3 and soon X4) known as the Rebel or 400D, etc.

The price of the Canon EOS 7D keeps falling almost weekly as of this writing. It has already fallen by 3,000 yen since early Feb. 2010 when I bought mine. The level of refinement and specs of the 7D as a midrange camera are so outstanding that I won’t have to worry about it becoming obsolete in 18-24 months and spend another bundle of money to replace it. The D-SLR market is really coming of age.


What’s this? Links to major Japanese publishers’ online photo book catalogs. You can browse through these online catalogs and find the celebrity photo book you want and then order from us.

What now? Click on a link to see the respective publisher’s online catalog. Although everything is in Japanese, you can still recognize your favorite celebrity by looking at the thumbnail images or cover image (sample photos are sometimes provided). Or you can use @nifty’s free Web translation service to translate Japanese Web pages into English. Not perfect, but it may help.

Important! If you are outside Japan, you cannot order directly from these Japanese publishers. They ship only within Japan. (This is why we offer this ProxyShop service.) Order by following our ordering instructions.


Asahi Press
List of photo books on multiple pages.

Bunkasha (Idol books)
List of their bikini idol photo books. Click on a link to see a small cover image and the catalog page. Do not click on anything on the catalog page (unless you are in Japan). You might see small sample photos for the newest books.

Bunkasha (Nude books)
List of their nude photo books. Click on a link to see a small cover image and the catalog page. Do not click on anything on the catalog page (unless you are in Japan). You might see small sample photos for the newest books.

Eichi Publishing
Thumbnail catalog of their newest photo books. Click on the book’s thumbnail image to see a larger image and details. (Don’t click on the blue shopping cart button.) Click on “Next” to see the next page of thumbnails. Different book categories (bikini, nudes, semi-nudes, etc.) also provided. Note that Eichi and Bauhaus are affiliated so you may see Bauhaus books as well.

Idol photo books. Sample images also provided.

Latest photo books.

Ongaku Senkasha
Thumbnail catalog, with some links to individual book pages.

Saibunkan (Newest books)
Thumbnail catalog of their newest photo books.

Click on the thumbnails to see the cover image and nice sample photos.

Thumbnail catalog of their newest photo books. Click on the link to see a larger cover image and sample photos.

Wani Books
First you see thumbnails of their newest photo books. Click on the thumbnail to see the book’s catalog page.

Last modified: Jan. 10, 2011

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How do I use the Proxy Payment Form?

A normal shopping site has an online catalog where you choose the items you want and put them into a shopping cart and then check out. We cannot do this for auction items and third-party items because they are not our products and they are too transient. They come and go within days and prices always vary.

So we provide this flexible and generic Proxy Payment Form which can be used to order and pay for any auction or third-party item you want. After we give you a price quote, use this form to set the amount you need to pay, choose the desired shipping method, and in the Remarks box, copy and paste the URL of the auction or third-party item(s) you want to buy. (You can enter multiple items or URLs in the same form.) When your payment is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email.

I sent you a money order (or cash) and you should have received it by now. However, I still have not received a payment confirmation e-mail from you.

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