Safe from earthquake

Northern Japan got hit with a major earthquake today on March 11, 2011. We felt it in Tokyo as well, and it was the worse earthquake I ever experienced. I was at home and rushed out as soon as it became clear it was a big one.

We had a few aftershocks and it was hard to return home, fearing more aftershocks. But it settled down, and my books, flat-panel TV, stereo speakers, etc., toppled over. Fortunately, no real damage except for a few scratches on the TV.

Anyway, I’m alive and well.

Philbert Ono

Libraries in Tokyo and Yokohama

List of libraries in Tokyo having a good collection of photo books.

Compiled by Philbert Ono, Last updated: March 1, 2011

JCII Library JCII ライブラリー
Address: JCII Bldg. B1F, Ichiban-cho 25
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3263-7111
URL: http://www.jcii-cameramuseum.jp/top_e.html
Hours: 10:00-17:00, closed Sat., Sun., and national holidays
Remarks: This library is run by the JCII (Japan Camera and Optical Instruments Inspection and Testing Institute) which also operates the JCII Camera Museum and Photo Salon at the same location. The library, which opened in June 1991, is in the basement floor below the Photo Salon. The library’s tiny reading room has magazine shelves full of current-issue photo magazines, some in English. The library has about 6,000 books and 450 magazine titles. It has all the past issues of Asahi Camera magazine, including the first issue published in 1926. Wonderful place to spend a rainy day. Unfortunately, it is closed on weekends even though the Photo Salon and Camera Museum are open. Near Hanzomon Station (Hanzomon subway line) Exit 4.

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.

Kawasaki City Museum Reading Room
(Kawasaki-shi Shimin Museum Tosho Esturan-shitsu)
Address: 神奈川県川崎市中原区等々力1-2(等々力緑地内)
Todoriki 1-2, Nakahara-ku
Kawasaki, Kanagawa, JAPAN 211-0052
Phone: (044) 754-4500
Fax: (044) 754-4533
URL: http://www.kawasaki-museum.jp/english/
Hours: 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30), closed Mon. (open if a national holiday, closed Tue. instead), day after national holiday (open if Sat. or Sun.)
Remarks: Although the library (on the 3rd floor) has a small reading area and almost no open stacks, its book collection is quite extensive. You have to check the library’s card catalog (for photography, check the drawers labeled 07) to see what you want. The card catalog is in Japanese. Fill out the form and give it to the library clerk who will retrieve the book for you. Nothing can be checked out of the library. 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.

■JR南武線、東急東横線、武蔵小杉駅からパスで約10分
1番乗り場から市バス
(])〔杉40〕市民ミュージアム行終点下車
(2)〔杉40〕中原駅行(市民ミュージアム経由)
(3)〔溝05〕第三京浜入口行(市民ミュージアム経由)
(2)(3)は「市民ミュージアム前」下車徒歩2分
2番乗り場から東急バス
〔溝02〕溝の口駅行(宮内経由)、「等々カグランド入口」下車徒歩8分 ■JR川崎駅東ロバスターミナル27番乗り場から〔川33〕東急バス市民 ミュージアム行で約40分終点下車

Library at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo (E.H. Norman Library)
Address: Akasaka 7-3-38
Minato-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3408-2101
URL: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/japan-japon/library-bibliotheque/index.aspx?lang=eng&menu_id=19&menu=L
Hours: 10:00-12:30 & 13:00-16:30, closed Sat., Sun., Japanese & Canadian national holidays
Remarks: The library, which is open to the public, houses Asia’s largest collection of books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and microfilm on Canada. Also visit the art gallery while you’re there. On Aoyama-dori near Aoyama 1-chome subway station on the Ginza and Hanzomon Lines.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Art Library
(Tokyo-to Gendai Bijutsukan Bijutsu Toshoshitsu)
Address: 東京都江東区三好4-1-1(木場公園内)
Miyoshi 4-1-1
Koto-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 135-0022
Phone: (03) 5245-4111
URL: http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/tosho/
Hours: 10:00-18:00, closed Mon. (open if a national holiday and closed on Tue. instead), and year end and New Year’s
Remarks: Opened in March 1995, this huge museum has various facilities including an Art Library. The library has over 45,000 art books, over 50,000 art exhibition catalogs, and over 3,300 periodicals. It also has a good collection of photography-related books in the open and closed stacks. Some in English. Great place to sit and read. You can use the computer database to search for what you want by subject, title, or author. A library clerk can help you with this. After you find the book in the computer database, you can have the librarian fetch it from the closed stack. This can be done only during 10:00-17:30. Also, you can use the photocopying machine only during these hours as well. Nothing can be checked out of the library, so you have to do your reading in the library. Note that you cannot bring any bags inside the library. It must be stored in the locker right outside the library. Smoking, eating, and drinking are also not allowed. In Kiba Park, a 15-min. walk from Kiba Sta. on the Tozai subway line or 15-min. walk from Kikukawa Sta. on the Shinjuku subway line.

National Film Center Library
(Tokyo Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan Kyobashi Bunkan Film Center Library)
Address: 東京都中央区京橋3-7-6
Tokyo Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan Kyobashi Bunkan Film Center
Kyobashi 3-7-6
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0031
Phone: (03) 3561-0823
Fax: (03) 3561-0830
URL: http://www.momat.go.jp/FC/Lib/nfclib.html
Hours: 12:30-18:30, closed Sun., Mon., national holidays, inventory period, Dec. 28 to Jan. 4.
Remarks: Many books and magazines on movie-making, cinema, and motion pictures are found here in the National Film Center Library in the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. The Center itself stores thousands of movies, newsreels, animation, TV movies, posters, and motion picture stills. Near Kyobashi Station (Ginza subway line).

Setagaya Art Museum Library (Setagaya Bijutsukan Library)
世田谷美術館ライブラリー
Address: 東京都世田谷区砧公園1-2
Kinuta Koen 1-2
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 157-0057
Phone: (03) 3415-6011
Fax: (03) 3415-6413
URL: http://www.setagayaartmuseum.or.jp/index_e.html
Hours: 10:00-18:00, closed Mon. (open if a national holiday and closed on Tue. instead), year end and New Year’s
Remarks: The art library, free to the public, is small but there are enough books to keep you occupied for hours. Catalogs from past photo exhibits at the museum are included. From Shibuya Station, ride the Tokyu Shin-Tamagawa Line (Hanzomon subway line) (don’t ride the kyuko express) to Yoga Station. About a 20 min. walk from Yoga Station. The walk is pleasant, along a tree-lined road. Signs in English clearly point the way to the expansive Kinuta Family Park where the museum is located. Buses also run from Chitose Funabashi Station and Seijo Gakuen-mae Station on the Odakyu Line.

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Library
(Tokyo-to Shashin Bijutsu-kan Toshoshitsu)
Address: 東京都目黒区三田一丁目13番3号 東京都写真美術館図書室
Yebisu Garden Place, Mita 1-13-3
Meguro-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 153-0062
Phone: (03) 3280-0099
Fax: (03) 3280-0033
URL: http://tokyophotomuseum-library.opac.jp/
Hours: 10:00-18:00, closed Mon. (open if a national holiday and closed on Tue. instead), and year end and New Year’s
Remarks: The museum’s small, cozy library is on the 4th floor. It is open free to the public. It has a large collection of photography-related books and magazines in Japanese and other languages. Most of the collection is in the closed stacks. You can use the computer to search for what you want by subject, title, or author. A library clerk can help you with this. After you find the book in the computer database, you can have the librarian fetch it from the closed stack. This can be done only during the following hours: 10:00-11:30 and 13:00-17:30. Also, you can use the photocopying machine only during these hours as well. Nothing can be checked out of the library, so you have to do your reading in the library. Note that you cannot bring any bags inside the library. It must be stored in the locker right outside the library. Smoking, eating, and drinking are also not allowed. From Ebisu Station (East exit), take the Sky Walk (moving sidewalk) to Yebisu Garden Place, a new shopping, restaurant, and hotel complex.

Yokohama Archives of History Reading Room
(Yokohama Kaiko Shiryokan Esturan-shitsu)
Address: 神奈川県横浜市中区日本大通3
Nihon Odori 3, Naka-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN 231-0021
Phone: (045) 201-2100
Fax: (045) 201-2102
URL: http://www.kaikou.city.yokohama.jp/en/reading-room.html
Hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (enter by 16:30), closed Mon., year-end and New Year’s, inventory days
Remarks: 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. The Reading Room has many Yokohama-related materials. The perfect place to do research on “Yokohama Shashin.” Old picture postcards, photographs, English and Japanese newspapers, and books can be requested for viewing. A 100-yen admission is charged for Reading Room entry. For the exhibits, admission is 200 yen. 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). Small admission charged.

JR関内駅(南口)、市営地下鉄関内駅から徒歩約15分。
* JR桜木町駅、東急東横線桜木町駅から市営バス「県庁前」・「大桟橋」下車、徒歩1分。
* 桜木町駅から徒歩約20分。

Yokohama City Central Library (Yokohama-shi Chuo Toshokan)
横浜市中央図書館
Address: 神奈川県横浜市西区老松町1
Oimatsu-cho 1, Nishi-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN 220-0032
Phone: (045) 262-0050
Fax: (045) 262-0052
URL: http://www.city.yokohama.jp/me/kyoiku/library/e_index.html
Hours: 9:30 – 19:00 (till 17:00 on Sat., Sun., Mon., and national holidays), closed once a month (irregular), Dec. 29 – Jan. 3, and inventory days.
Remarks: Large public library where you can borrow books to take home. Many materials on Yokohama, one of the birthplaces of photography in Japan. 5-min. walk Keihin Kyuko Hinode-machi Station. Also 10-min. walk from Sakuragicho Station. ・京浜急行日ノ出町駅下車5分 ・JR、東横、市営地下鉄線 桜木町駅下車10分

Yokohama Museum of Art, Art Library (Yokohama Bijutsukan Bijutsu Toshoshitsu) 横浜美術館 美術図書
Address: 神奈川県横浜市西区みなとみらい3-4-1
Minato Mirai 3-4-1, Nishi-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN 220-0012
Phone: (045) 221-0300
Fax: (045) 221-0317
URL: http://www.yaf.or.jp/yma/artinfomation/index/
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (enter by 17:30), closed Thu. (open if a national holiday), the day after a national holiday, and the year end and New Year’s
Remarks: The very large Art Library (Bijutsu Tosho-shitsu) is open to the public free of charge. It has a separate entrance from the museum so you do not need to pay museum admission to enter. Opened in Nov. 1989, the library has many art-related books, reference materials, catalogs, microfilm, and periodicals in open and closed stacks. In terms of floor space, this library is the largest (935 sq. m) among those listed here. Very spacious with many chairs and tables. There are many photography books and magazines including English ones. Library materials cannot be borrowed outside the library. A copy machine is provided. Bags, etc., must be put into the locker before you enter the library. Only writing materials are allowed in. Walk from Sakuragi-cho Sta. and get on the moving sidewalk for the Landmark Plaza. Enter and walk straight through the Landmark Plaza and exit on the other side. Go left and walk a little more. You will then see the museum.

Libraries Outside Tokyo

List of libraries outside Tokyo having a good collection of photo books.

Compiled by Philbert Ono, Last updated: March 1, 2011

Takarazuka Media Library 宝塚メディア図書館
Address: 〒665-0035 宝塚市逆瀬川1-13-1アピア3 2階
Apia 32nd floor, Sakasegawa 1-13-1
Takarazuka-shi
Hyogo, JAPAN 665-0035
Phone: (0797) 76-5720
Fax: (0797) 76-5725
URL: http://medialib.jp/
Hours: 12:00-19:00, closed Tue., summer, year end and New Year’s
Remarks: Excellent collection of photo books, art and design books, music books, film books, magazines, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, and all issues (1800) of Life magazine. It has about 30,000 books (as of Feb. 2011). To view the library materials, you must register as a free member. To borrow library materials, you must become a paying member.. It costs only a few thousand yen to become a member. The old Saito Media Library in Osaka merged with this library. One-minute walk from Sakasegawa Station on the Hankyu Imazu Line. 阪急今津線逆瀬川駅より徒歩1分

Kyoto International Community House Library (Kyoto-shi Kokusai Koryu Kaikan Toshoshitsu)
Address: 京都市左京区粟田口鳥居町2番地の1
2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN 606-8536
Phone: (075) 752-3010
Fax: (075) 752-3510
URL: http://www.kcif.or.jp/en/kaikan/
Hours: 9:30-20:00, closed Mon. (open if a national holiday and Tue. is closed instead)
Remarks: The Kyoto International Community House is a public facility operated by the city of Kyoto through the Kyoto City International Foundation. It is a large public facility with conference rooms, an event hall, a library (with English materials), Internet terminals, restaurant, and exhibition room. Besides renting out their facilities, they offer language and culture classes. It is a popular place for Kyoto’s foreign and internationally-minded residents and students to hang out. There are currently about 22,000 books and materials housed within the library. It is possible to browse freely through maps, magazines and newspapers from around the world, along with a selection of books and materials from both overseas and Japan. The library has two photo books (one by IZIMA Kaoru and one titled “Naked Women,” both are autographed) donated by PhotoGuide Japan in Nov. 2001.) Near Keage Station (Tozai subway line).

Nagoya International Center Library 名古屋国際センターライブラリー
Address: Nagoya Kokusai Center Bldg. 3F
Nagono 1-47-1, Nakamura-ku
Nagoya, Aichi, JAPAN
Phone: (052) 581-0102
URL: http://www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/library/
Hours: 9:00 – 19:00 (till 17:00 on Sun. and holidays), closed Mon., second Sun. in Feb. and Aug., Dec. 29-Jan. 3
Remarks: The library is part of the Nagoya International Center established in 1984 to promote international exchange between Japanese and foreigners in Nagoya. The libary has a good collection of English books, newspapers, magazines, and videos. Emphasis on the Chubu region. Near Kokusai Center Sta. on Sakura-dori subway line. Also walkable (7 min.) from JR Nagoya Station. 名古屋国際センターは、名古屋駅から東へ徒歩7分、又は地下鉄桜通線「国際センター」駅で下車して下さい。国際センタービルと地下鉄駅は地下でつながっています。

Hakodate Photo Archives (Hakodate Shashin Toshokan)
はこだて写真図書館
Address: 北海道函館市豊川町9-23
Toyokawa-cho 9-23
Hakodate, Hokkaido, JAPAN 040-0065
Phone: (0138) 27-1018
Fax: (0138) 27-1018
URL: http://www.hpaorg.net/
Hours: Closed in 2007.
Remarks: The Hakodate Photo Archives has closed. It was a registered non-profit organization that collects, researches, preserves, and exhibits photographs. It operates the Hakodate Shashin Toshokan (photo library) that opened in Oct. 2001 and the HPA Gallery, an exhibition space in the library. The library has many open stacks of photography-related books. It also holds seminars and workshops and offers memberships. Admission charged.

Nara City Museum of Photography Reading Room 奈良市写真美術館
Address: 奈良県奈良市高畑町600-1
Takabatake-cho 600-1
Nara-shi, Nara, JAPAN 630-8301
Phone: (0742) 22-9811
Fax: (0742) 22-9722
URL: http://www1.kcn.ne.jp/%7Enaracmp/
Hours: 9:30-17:00, closed Mon. (open if a national holiday and closed on Tue. instead), the day after a national holiday, Dec. 27 to Jan 3.
Remarks: 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. This museum’s little reading room (shiryo kanran-shitsu) is small but large enough to keep you reading and looking at the photo books for a day or two. JR・近鉄奈良駅から市内循環バスで「破石町(わりいしちょう)」下車、東へ徒歩10分、新薬師寺西側

YouTube video limit extended again

I just uploaded another video clip to YouTube and I got the following message:

Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads longer than 15 minutes. Click the Upload button below to select a video.

Wow, I was happy to hear that the video length limit was extended from 10 min. to 15 min. last year in 2010, but now it looks like I’ll have a lot more freedom with video clips as long as the file size is not larger than 2 GB. Great!

CP+ 2011 camera show in Yokohama

Canon booth at the last CP+ show in Mar. 2010.

The 2nd CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show, Japan’s largest camera show, will be held during Feb. 9-12, 2011 in Yokohama, at Pacifico Yokohama, a large convention complex and the same venue as last year’s CP+. Interesting that it will be held in Feb. instead of March, the month when the camera show was held for many years. Hopefully, it won’t snow on those days.

Note that the morning of Feb. 9, the show is open to the press only.

Admission is 1,000 yen at the door, but this fee can be waived if you preregister via the CP+ Website.

You can also register to attend free seminars and lectures where they provide simultaneous Japanese or English translation. One of the speakers is Thomas Knoll, the software engineer who initiated the development of Adobe Photoshop 20 years ago.
http://www.cpplus.jp/en/visitor/event/lecture.html

For details, see the show’s official site in English:
http://www.cpplus.jp/en/

See my photos of CP+ 2010 here.

Pacifico Yokohama is near JR Sakuragicho and Minato Mirai Stations:
http://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/

CP+ is held by CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association). CIPA is an international organization comprised of companies involved in the production and sale of silver-halide camera and digital camera, imaging-related products, software and more. In addition to product specifications, standards and technical research, CIPA deals with environmental issues and other industry-wide issues and seeks to contribute to the development of photographic and imaging culture.
Web site: http://www.cipa.jp/english/

Professional Photography Organizations in Japan

Professional photographer associations in Japan. Compiled by Philbert Ono, last updated: Feb. 14, 2011

All-Japan Association of Photographic Societies
(Zen-Nihon Shashin Renmei) 全日本写真連盟
Address: 東京都中央区築地5-3-2 朝日新聞東京本社 全日写連事務局
Asahi Shimbun Honsha, Tsukiji 5-3-2
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-8011
Phone: (03) 5540-7413
Fax: (03) 5565-6910
URL: http://www.photo-asahi.com/
Remarks: Huge national organization of photo clubs for amateur photographers. Local chapters exist all over Japan. Photo shoots, photo classes, photo contests, and exhibitions are held. Membership costs 5,000 yen per year plus 500 yen entry fee. Established in 1926 and sponsored by Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

The Imaging Society of Japan (Nihon Gazo Gakkai) 日本画像学会
Address: 東京都中野区本町2-9-5 東京工芸大学内
Tokyo Kogei Daigaku, Honcho 2-9-5
Nakano-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3373-9576
Fax: (03) 3372-4414
URL: http://www.isj-imaging.org/isj.html
Remarks: Established in 1958 as the Denshi Shashin Gakkai (電子写真学会) and renamed in 1998. Organization of researchers and engineers working in the imaging technology. There are over 1,000 members.

Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association (APA)
(Nihon Kokoku Shashin-ka Kyokai) 日本広告写真
Address: 東京都中央区築地2-11-3 ヒロシゲビル4階
Hiroshige Bldg. 4F, Tsukiji 2-11-3
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0045
Phone: (03) 3543-3387
Fax: (03) 3543-3317
URL: http://www.apa-japan.com/
Remarks: Very prominent association of Japan’s best photographers (over 1,000 members) working in advertising and commercial work. It conducts surveys and research and holds exhibitions and seminars concerning advertising photography and film. It strives to help its members to improve their skills as advertising photographers. The president is FUJII Hideki. Membership is limited to Japanese nationals only.

Japan Alpine Photographers Association
(Nihon Sangaku Shashin Kyokai) 日本山岳写真協会
Address: 東京都千代田区二番町1 番町ハイム315号
Bancho Heim #315, Nibancho 1
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0084
Phone: (03) 3261-3292
URL: http://www13.ocn.ne.jp/~japahonb/
Remarks: Association of alpine photographers. There is also a Kansai chapter.

Japan Nature Scenery Photograph Association (JNP)
日本風景写真協会
Address: 京都市下京区大宮通り松原下ル西門前町426番地-204号
Nishi Monzencho 426-204
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN 600-8371
Phone: (075) 813-4381
Fax: (075) 813-4380
URL: http://www6.ocn.ne.jp/~jnp21/
Remarks: Association of nature and landscape photographers formed in 2002. Over 1300 members and 30 chapters in Japan. Members are both professional and amateur.

Japan Photo Culture Association
(Nihon Shashin Bunka Kyokai) 日本写真文化協会
Address: 東京都新宿区四谷1丁目7番地
Yotsuya 1-7
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0004
Phone: 03-3351-2463
Fax: 03-3353-3315
URL: http://www.sha-bunkyo.or.jp/
Remarks: Association of portrait studio operators whose numbers are dwindling in Japan. In 1990, there were about 8,000 members. In 2000, there were 6,500. The membership is decreasing by about 100 members every year. The main reason is that the current owner has problems finding a successor to take over the portrait studio. Also, cheap and fast children’s photo studios have appeared in recent years, affecting the income of conventional photo studios.

Japan Photographers Association (JPA)
(Nihon Shashin Sakka Kyokai) 日本写真作家協会
Address: 東京都中央区銀座1-27-8
Ginza 1-27-8
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3535-6251
URL: http://www.jpa-photo.com/
Remarks: This association started with 219 members in 1989 and has grown to 430 as of 2000. The membership centers on pro photographers, photo critics, editors, researchers, and educators. Its activities include an annual photo exhibition, photo clinics, lectures, and seminars. To join, a letter of recommendation is required from two current members. Membership screening is conducted at the end of each month.

Japan professional Photographers Society (JPS)
(Nihon Shashin-ka Kyokai) 日本写真家協会
Address: 東京都千代田区一番町25番地 303号
JCII Bldg. 301, Ichibancho 25 #303
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0082
Phone: (03) 3265-7451 (English not spoken)
Fax: (03) 3265-7460
URL: http://jps.gr.jp/en/
Remarks: Founded in 1950, this is one of Japan’s foremost professional photographers associations boasting over 1700 members as of the year 2000. It consists mostly of pro photographers involved in the publishing and print media. Many well-known Japanese photographers are members.
The Society works to promote photography as a profession in its own right, ensure freedom of expression and the press, revise copyright laws pertaining to photography, disseminate information on photography, and hold photo exhibitions.
It also awards the Japan Photographers Society Award to individuals and corporations making outstanding contributions to photographic culture and art. It also has an International Department which exchanges information with counterpart organizations overseas.
Membership is open to professional photographers who have been active professionally for at least 3 years. A letter of recommendation is required from two current JPS members, one of whom must have been a member for at least 5 years. The deadline for membership applications is Jan. 31 every year when the applications are screened for approval or disapproval. The office is located near Hanzomon Station (Hanzomon subway line).

Japan Railway Photographers Society
(Nihon Testudo Shashin Sakka Kyokai) 日本鉄道写真作家協会
Address: 東京都千代田区飯田橋 3-4-3 エレガンス飯田橋504 レイルマンフォトオフィス内
Railman Photo Office, Iidabashi 3-4-3-504
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0072
Phone: (03) 3221-0271
URL: http://www2.odn.ne.jp/jrps/
Remarks: Organization of train and railway photographers.

Japan Realist Photographers Association
(Nihon Realism Shashin Shudan) 日本リアリズム写真集団
Address: 東京都新宿区四谷3-12沢登ビル6F
Sawato Bldg. 6F, Yotsuya 3-12
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0004
Phone: (03) 3355-1461
Fax: (03) 3355-1462
URL: http://www.jrp.gr.jp/
Remarks: Large organization of pro and amateur photographers, critics, magazine editors, etc. Chapters in Chiba, Hamamatsu, Mie Pref., Hiroshima, and Kanazawa.

The Japan Society for Arts and History of Photography
(Nihon Shashin Geijutsu Gakkai) 日本写真芸術学会
Address: Nihon University, College of Art, Dept. of Photography
Asahigaoka 2-42-1
Nerima-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 178-8525
Phone: (03) 5995-8858
Fax: 03-5995-4721
URL: http://www.jsahp.org/index.html
Remarks: Founded in 1991 for academics and researchers in the production, theory, and history of photography. It aims to improve photographic culture. Over 800 members.

Japan Stage Photographers Society (Nihon Butai Shashinka Kyokai) 日本舞台写真家協会
Address:

Phone:
URL: http://www.jsps.info/
Remarks: Small association of pro photographers of stage performances (music, dance, etc.). Formed in 1988.

Japan Travel Photographers Association
(Nihon Ryoko Shashinka Kyokai) 日本旅行写真家協会
Address: 東京都中央区銀座4-12-6
Ginza 4-12-6
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0061
Phone: Fax: (03) 3541-2459
URL: http://www.tabisya.com/
Remarks: Small organization of professional photographers who love photography and traveling. Formed in 1991.

Nihon Shashin Chosakuken Kyokai 日本写真著作権協会
Address: 東京都千代田区一番町25 JCIIビル3F
JCII Bldg. 3F, Ichibancho 25
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0082
Phone: (03) 3265-7451
Fax: (03) 3265-7460
Remarks: Association for photographic copyrights. In the same office as the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS).

The Photographic Society of Japan (PSJ)
(Nihon Shashin Kyokai) 日本写真協会
Address: 東京都千代田区一番町25番地 4F
JCII Bldg. 4F, Ichibancho 25
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0082
Phone: (03) 5276-3585
Fax: (03) 5276-3586
URL: http://www.psj.or.jp/
Remarks: An leading organization established in 1952, consisting of pro photographers, individuals, organizations, and corporations (a virtual who’s who of Japan’s photography world). It seeks to dessiminate photography-related information overseas and introduce Japan to other countries through photography. It also holds photo exhibitions, seminars and lectures, and publishes pamphlets and books like the Japan Photo Almanac which summarizes Japan’s photography activities for the past year. It also awards prestigous photo awards annually and organizes the annual Month of Photography, Tokyo in late May and June together with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Membership is open to individuals, groups, and corporations upon the recommendation of two current members. PSJ has about 610 members. Many of the Society’s officers and directors are presidents of major photo-related manufacturers and organizations and well-established photographers. See a book review of the Japan Photo Almanac at http://photojpn.org/books/refer/psj.html

Society of Photographic Science and Technology of Japan
(Nihon Shashin Gakkai) 日本写真学会
Address: 東京都中野区本町2-9-5 東京工芸大学内
Tokyo Kogei Daigaku
Honcho 2-9-5
Nakano-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 164-8678
Phone: (03) 3373-0724
Fax: (03) 3299-5887
URL: http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/spstj2/index-e.html
Remarks: founded in 1926, the Society has over 1,000 members involved in photographic science and technology. Holds lectures, seminars, and symposiums.
Near Nakano Sakaue subway station (Marunouchi Line).

Society of Scientific Photography (SSP)
(Nihon Shizen Kagaku Shashin Kyokai) 日本自然科学写真協会
Address: 東京都千代田区九段下北3-2-11-201
Kudanshita Kita 3-2-11-201
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0073
Phone: (03) 3381-1437
URL: http://japan-inter.net/ssp/e/index_e.html
Remarks: Formed in June 1978 by professional and amateur photographers, researchers, teachers, and photography-related professionals interested in nature and scientific photography. They hold lectures, exhibitions by members, and publish a society magazine.

Photography Industry Organizations in Japan

Organizations of corporate members in Japan’s photography industry. Compiled by Philbert Ono, last updated: Feb. 14, 2011.

Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) (Camera Eizo Kiki Kogyo-kai)
カメラ映像機器工業会
Address: 東京都千代田区一番町25番地 JCIIビル(5階)
JCII Bldg. 5F
Ichibancho 25
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0082
Phone: (03) 5276-3891
Fax: (03) 5276-3893
URL: http://www.cipa.jp/
Remarks: Formerly called the Japan Camera Industry Assocaition (name changed on June 30, 2002). Consists of Japan’s major camera equipment and film manufacturers. One of the key organizations in Japan’s photo industry. Holds Japan’s largest camera show called CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Yokohama.

Import Camera Society (ICS) (Yunyu Camera Kyokai) 輸入カメラ協会
Address: 東京都台東区上野6-2-14 喜久屋ビル地下1階
c/o Kikuya Camera, Kikuya Bldg. B1F, Ueno 6-2-14
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3832-2331
Fax: (03) 3839-0320
URL: http://ics1972.jp/
Remarks: This is an association of around 19 mostly used and antique camera shops. The association holds the antique camera fair (Sekai no Chuko Camera-ichi) at Matsuzakaya Dept. Store in Ginza from late Feb. to early March and at Isetan Dept. Store in Shinjuku in Sept. Used and antique cameras are sold to the public by a large number of dealers.

Japan Camera Industry Institute (JCII) (Nihon Camera Zaidan)
日本カメラ財団
Address: JCII Bldg., Ichibancho 25
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0082
Phone: (03) 3263-7111
Fax: (03) 3234-4624
URL: http://www.jcii-camera.or.jp/
Remarks: Formerly called the Japan Camera and Optical Instruments Inspection and Testing Institute (Nihon Shashin-ki Kogaku-kiki Kensa Kyokai). Although its official name in Japanese has been changed to Nihon Camera Zaidan, it continues to use the old acronym of JCII by only slightly modifying the English name. It operates the Japan Camera Museum, JCII Photo Salon, and JCII Library in Tokyo. It holds workshops, lectures, and exhibitions. Mayumi Moriyama (Diet member) heads the organization.

Japan Color-Photo Finishers’ Association (Nihon Color Lab Kyokai Rengokai)
日本カラーラボ協会連合
Address: 〒102-0082東京都千代田区一番町25番地JCIIビル6F
JCII Bldg. 6F, Ichibancho 25
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0082
Phone: (03) 3288-0337
Fax: (03) 3288-0338
URL: http://www.jcfa-photo.jp/
Remarks: Association of color photofinishers organized into regional associations nationwide.

Japan Federation of Photo Dealers Association (Zen-Nihon Shashin Zairyosho Kumiai Rengokai)
Address: 全日本写真材料商組合連合会
M&C Bldg. 8th floor, Kanda Ogawa-machi 2-3
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 101-0052
Phone: (03) 5282-7170
Fax: (03) 5282-7191
URL: http://www.photopartner.org/
Remarks: Camera and photofinisher retailers’ association.

MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION ENGINEERING SOCIETY OF JAPAN INC. (Nihon Eiga Terebi Gijutsu Kyokai) 日本映画テレビ技術協会
Address: 〒103-0027東京都中央区日本橋1-17-12 日本橋ビルディング2階
Nihonbashi Bldg. 2F, Nihonbashi 1-17-12
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 103-0027
Phone: (03) 5255-6201
Fax: (03) 5255-6202
URL: http://www.mpte.jp/
Remarks: For organizations in the movie and television technology industry.

Japan Photo & Video Accessory Association (JPV) (Nihon Shashin Eizo Yohin Kogyo-kai)
Address: 東京都千代田区一番町25番地 JCIIビル(4階)
日本写真映像用品工業会
JCII Bldg. 4F, Ichibancho 25
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0082
Phone: (03) 5276-3581
Fax: (03) 5276-3584
URL: http://www.jpvaa.jp/
Remarks: Consists of about 75 manufacturers of photo and video equipment and accessories. Holds the annual Photo Next Show for pro equipment and photo industry people and publishes the Shashin Eizo Yohin Show photo accessory catalog.

Photo Imaging Wholesale Association (Shashin Ryutsu Shosha Rengokai)
写真流通商社連合会
Address: 東京都千代田区一番町25 JCIIビル
Ichibancho 25 JCII Bldg.
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0082
Phone: (03) 3261-8341
URL: http://www.photo.gr.jp/shashoren/
Remarks: Organization of sales companies, distributors, and wholesalers in Japan’s photo industry.

Joint PhotoImaging Enterprises Association International (JPEA International) (Shashin Eizo Keiei-sha Kyokai) 写真映像経営者協会
Address: JCII Bldg. 6F, Ichibancho 25
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 102-0082
Phone: (03) 5226-7900
Fax: Same as phone
URL: http://www.jpeai.gr.jp/
Remarks: Formed in 1973, this is a non-profit organization promoting global communication to contribute in depth to the development of photographic, optical and digital imaging indusry. The membership includes manufacturers, importers, exporters, distributors, retailers, financial analysts, and journalists. It publishes weekly newsletters in English (Photo Electro News or PEN) and Japanese, provides governmental and trade statistics, and assists members to exhibit at Photokina (Germany), PMA (U.S.A.), etc.

Japan Photographic Studio Equipment Association (Nihon Eigyo Shashin Kizai Kyokai)
日本営業写真機材協会
Address: 光陽モネカ内
〒101-0054東京都千代田区神田錦町3-20 アイゼンビル4F
Kanda Nishiki-cho 3-20 4th floor
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3295-3401
Fax: (03) 3293-4332
URL: http://www.jpseaso.jp/
Remarks:

Photo-sensitized Materials Manufacturers’ Association (Shashin Kanko Zairyo Kogyo-kai)
Address: 写真感光材料工業会
JCII Bldg., Ichibancho 25
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 5276-3561
Fax: (03) 5276-3563
URL: http://pmma.a.la9.jp/
Remarks: Association of photo film and paper manufacturers.

Photo galleries in Kansai, Osaka, Kyoto

A comprehensive English list of galleries, museums, and other exhibition spaces in the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Shiga, Mie, Wakayama, Hyogo) which may show photography exhibitions is provided by Kansai Art Beat at the following Web page:

http://www.kansaiartbeat.com/venue/

Venues by area in Kansai:

After a dormant period of a few years from mid-2008, Kansai Art Beat is again actively maintained as of May 2014. Photo exhibition listings are also provided: http://www.kansaiartbeat.com/events/Photography

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