Digital camera meeting report

On Oct. 2, we gave an informal talk on digital cameras to the Tokyo PC Users Group, an English-speaking computer club that meets monthly at the Tokyo Union Church basement in Omotesando, Tokyo.

I suggested the meeting to the group and gathered a few other digicam users to talk to the group. I talked about using my Canon Powershot S50, John Lancaster talked about his new Canon Kiss Digital (Digital Rebel), Bradley Anderson (who came all the way from Numazu, Shizuoka) showed off his Nikon D100, and Mark Skorji discussed his Sony Mavica and Sony 717. We showed sample photos as well. I think we had almost 30 people there.

After our talk, there was a lively Q&A session since a good number in the audience still did not have a digicam. It was a good meeting, and it was a pleasure to meet new people.

Thanks to all the speakers, Sako Eaton (club’s vice president) who helped to arrange the talk, and all the other club officers and people who came to the meeting.

My photo of Edward Seidensticker in Int’l Herald Tribune

In the Oct. 4-5, 2003 issue of the International Herald Tribune newspaper, the photo I took of translator Edward G. Seidensticker (above) appeared in the Books & Culture column written by my friend Ralph Cassell. It was the first time a photo of mine (properly credited) appeared in this newspaper.

The article titled, “Translator recalls what he got (and missed) over half a century,” was about a talk Seidensticker gave in Tokyo to the Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators (SWET) on Sept. 27.

In the translation world, Seidensticker is a legendary figure best-known for translating masterpiece Japanese novels such as Yasunari Kawabata’s Nobel Prize-winning “Snow Country” (Yukiguni), Murasaki Shikibu’s “Tale of Genji, and Jun’inchiro Tanizaki’s “The Makioka Sisters” (Sasameyuki).

Seidensticker accompanied Kawabata to Stockholm in 1968 for the Nobel Prize awards ceremony. Without Seidensticker’s English translation, Kawabata would not have won the prize.

PhotoBBS remodeled!

PhotoBBS now sports a new design and a few streamlining changes.

The PhotoPR, PhotoJobs, and PhotoQ&A forums have been deleted due to their under use (or uselessness). You can no longer post messages such as “My Web site opened!” or “Looking for photo job in Japan.”

PhotoClassifieds has been retained and it now accepts want ads for photographers (for people looking for photographers) as well as “equipment for sale” messages. It is not for posting “photographer available for work” messages. Sorry, but such messages tend to be useless.

New forums–PhotoDiary and the Japanese equivalent PhotoNikki have been newly added. This is where I post my innermost thoughts.

The forums are now in two categories, “English” and “Japanese.”
It has been a little over a year since PhotoBBS was started (in July 2002). It has been very useful, and I hope it will be even more useful henceforth.

That’s it!

Digital camera meeting, Oct. 2, 2003 in Tokyo

I and a few other friends using digital cameras will give a talk at the Tokyo PC Users Group’s meeting.

We will talk about the digital cameras we use–the basic features, what we like and don’t like about the camera, etc. We hope to help you decide which digicam to buy if you still haven’t bought one yet or want to buy a better one. People in the audience will also be welcome to talk about the digicams that they use.

The Tokyo PC Users Group is Japan’s largest English-speaking personal computer club, with a particular interest in bilingual personal computing. They hold monthly meetings featuring various speakers. The meeting costs 1,000 yen for non-members.

Date: Oct. 2 (Thu.), 2003, 7-9 pm
Place: Tokyo Union Church basement (near Omotesando Station)
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PhotoGuide Japan’s Best Book Reviews

Links to some of the best book reviews at PhotoReviews. All reviews by Philbert Ono.

The History of Japanese Photography
The most comprehensive book ever published on Japanese photographic history in English. Also served as the exhibition catalog for the The History of Japanese Photography exhibition held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in spring 2003.

Japan’s Art Museums and Photo Collections
History of photography museums in Japan and their current state of affairs.

Gunkanjima: Awakening of a Dead Island
Fine-art photos by SAIGA Yuji of an abandoned island nicknamed “Battleship Island” off the coast of Nagasaki.

The Kabuki-za
Exquisite photo tour of the Kabuki-za Theater in Ginza, Tokyo), the world’s foremost kabuki theater. Photographed by SHINOYAMA Kishin.

Groups of Women Ama Divers (1931-1964)
Terrific B/W photos of young women ama divers in Onjuku, Chiba during 1931-1964 when they still worked topless. Photographed by IWASE Yoshiyuki.

SENTO―The Japanese Public Bath in the 20th Century
Everything you wanted to know about Japan’s public baths, and then some. Detailed photographic record of public baths from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Photographed by ONUMA Shoji.

Minzoku (Ethnic Tribe)
Head shots of teenage girls known as ganguro, yamanba, or ko-gals. Photographed by ONUMA Shoji.

Japanese War Brides in California 1978-1998
Portraits of Japanese women (and their families) who married US servicemen in Japan in the 1950s and ’60s. Photographed by ENARI Tsuneo.

Work 1991-1995
Portraits of Japanese men and women, both young and old, at their workplaces. Salary amount also mentioned. Photographed by Hashiguchi George.

Rules for Two–The International Marriage
Portraits of eighty international, married couples and their children (if any). Each couple also give a cardinal rule that they follow to get along in the marriage or family. Photographed by URUSHIZAKI Shuken.

Invisible Power
Photos of Japan by blind photographers. Includes touch-and-feel pictures.

A Corpse in 20 Scenes
Twenty famous Japanese actresses (including two actors) pose as a dead body dressed in brand-name clothing in various settings. Photographs by IZIMA Kaoru.

Dreamy landscape photos which include points or lines of light created by the photographer. Photographs by SATO Tokihiro.

Pictures of the most famous fashion model Japan has ever produced. Sadly, she died too early. Photographs by YOKOSUKA Noriaki.

PhotoReviews updated!

More book reviews have been added (and more still to come). For example:

  • The History of Japanese Photography
    by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    The most comprehensive book ever published on Japanese photographic history in English.
  • Gunkanjima by Yuji Saiga
    Fine-art photos of an abandoned island nicknamed “Battleship Island”
    off the coast of Nagasaki.
  • Sento–The Japanese Public Bath in the 20th Century by Shoji Onuma
    Everything you wanted to know about Japan’s public baths, and then some. Detailed photographic record of public baths from Hokkaido to Okinawa.
  • Ravens by Masahisa Fukase
    The most beautiful book of crows you’ll ever see. One of Japan’s classic photo
  • Where Time Has Vanished by Ikko Narahara
    Timeless and surreal B/W landscapes taken in several states in the US.
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