New vintage photo catalog from Old Japan

UK-based Old Japan, run by my friend Terry Bennett, has just published its latest catalog (No. 33) of old and rare photographs for sale.

The 50-page catalog is profusely illustrated with many valuable photographs of a wide variety of subjects, even a candid and unauthorized picture of Emperor Meiji. Single pictures as well as stereographs and albums are up for sale.

The catalog also provides interesting background on all the items. Very informative if you want to learn a little bit about Japanese history in the late 19th century and early photographers in Japan.

The catalog is available for $25 at Old Japan:
http://www.old-japan.co.uk/catalogues.asp

Yodobashi Camera opens in Akihabara, Tokyo

On Sept. 16, 2005, Yodobashi Camera, Japan’s largest and most popular camera store (especially in Tokyo), has opened a large store in Akihabara, Tokyo’s center for electronic goods.

The huge building looks very similar to the one in Osaka. Besides the camera shop, it houses restaurants, Tower Records, and Yurindo Bookstore. Being on a different side of the train station from the rest of the “Electric Town,” the Akihabara crowd is now spreading out more. It also faces the train station’s new Central Entrance making it a 30 sec. walk from the station. Yodobashi will no doubt heat up the competition among stores in Akihabara.

The opening of the new store has been timed well what with the new train line just opened, linking Akihabara and Tsukuba, Ibaraki Pref.

http://www.yodobashi-akiba.com/

Olympus closes camera repair centers

Olympus has closed its camera repair centers in the following cities in Japan:

Sendai, Miyagi Pref. (Closed Aug. 31, 2005)
Nagoya, Aichi Pref. (Closed Sept. 30, 2005)
Hiroshima city (Closed Sept. 30, 2005)

Customers in these cities will now have to send in their cameras to the Okaya Repair Center.

For details, call toll-free in Japan: 0120-084215

Oyako Photo Contest

Send your family photos and messages!

We’d like to see your smiling faces. We will be selecting family photos and messages to add to the http://www.oyako.org website. Hopefully we can include yours.

How to send:
Attach a photo (jpeg format) to your e-mail and send it to
In addition to your photo and message, write when and where it was taken, along with the names, ages, and occupations of the people in the photo. Also we’d like to know how to contact you, so include your e-mail, telephone, and mailing address (*your contact information will be kept private will not include it on this site or shared with others)

Deadline:Oyako Photo Contest entries must be received by July 31, 2005

Website:later we will introduce our favorite photos on our website.

Prizes
Olympus A Prize:1 prize
E-300 Zuiko Digital Camera with 14-45mm lens
Olympus B Prize: 1 prize
MR-500i, music and digital camera with 20GB HD
Lexmark Prize: 10 prizes
Lexmark X2350 printer and scanner
Edwin Prize: 2 pair of jeans x 5 prizes
Edwin jeans
Hug Prize:1 prize
iLife’05 for Mac computer
Smile Prize:1 prize
Tiger for Mac computer
Family Prize: 1 prize
.mac for Mac computer

More info: http://www.oyako.org/recruitment.html

by Bruce Osborn

Month of Photography, Tokyo 2005

The annual Month of Photography, Tokyo will be held during May and June 2005. Besides the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, major photo galleries in Tokyo will hold a diverse array of photo exhibitions.

This year, there won’t be the exhibition by women photographers. Also, the 1000-Person Exhibition will take place at the Shinjuku Park Tower Atrium (where the women’s exhibition was) instead of the Ebisu Garden Place.

The main exhibitions will feature vintage photos and photos by photographers in Uzbekistan.

Highlights are as follows:

10th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition[How Photography Changed People’s Viewpoint, 2. Creation]
Vintage photos from the 19th century to the 1930s.
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2nd floor)
May 28-July 18, 10:00-18:00 (till 20:00 on Thu. & Fri.), closed Mon.
Sample photos: http://www.syabi.com/topics/t_10anniversary.html

Asian Photographers 2005, Republic of Uzbekistan
Photos by various photographers in Uzbekistan.

The elegance of light and shadow
Canon Gallery Ginza
May 30-June 4
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2005-2.html

Olympus Gallery
June 9-15
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2005-2.html

Water is life
Pentax Forum
May 27-June 2
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2005-2.html

Aidem Photo Gallery
June 2-8
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2005-2.html

Gallery Cosmos
May 24-June 6

Meiji, Taisho, and Showa Era Photos

Hakodate
Shinjuku Nikon Salon
May 31-June 6, 10:00-19:00 (till 16:00 on 7th)
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2005-1.html

104 Albums
Konica Minolta Plaza, Shinjuku
May 21-30, 10:30-19:00 (till 15:00 on last day)
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2005-1.html

Photographic Society of Japan Award-Winning Works
Featuring winning works of PSJ’s annual photo awards.
Ginza Fuji Photo Salon
May 27-June 2, 10:00-20:00, (till 14:00 on last day)
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kyoukai/index2005.html

1000-Person Photo Exhibition
Featuring photos submitted by 1,000 people.
Shinjuku Park Tower Atrium (not at Ebisu Garden Place)
May 26-29, 10:30-18:00, (till 17:00 on last day)
http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/1000/1000nin05.html

For phone numbers, addresses, and directions to the galleries, see PhotoSpaces at http://photojpn.org/dir/listings.php?cmd=viewlistB&cid=41

Detailed schedule (in Japanese) provided at the PSJ site:
http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/index2005.html

Organized by the Photographic Society of Japan (Nihon Shashin Kyokai) with the cooperation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Tel: (03) 5276-3585

Canon Gallery Ginza opens

Canon has closed the old Canon Salon photo gallery and service center in Ginza and reopened on April 25, 2005 at a new location 2 blocks away nearer to Higashi Ginza. They now have a new place called Canon Plaza Ginza.

It houses the new Canon Gallery Ginza, Canon Digital House Ginza, and the newly-named Canon Service Center Ginza (2nd floor). It includes a product showroom which occupies most of the new space.

http://cweb.canon.jp/canonplaza/ginza/info/open.html

It’s open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Near Ginza subway station, exit A12 or Higashi-Ginza Station, exit A8.

Konica-Minolta to reduce camera business

On March 25, 2005, Konica-Minolta Holdings announced that they will trim their photo imaging business to try and stem the flow of red ink currently totaling 9 billion yen. They will reduce their paper and film business and concentrate on high value-added digital cameras. They will also expand their “digital on-site” business that offers printing services at camera shops and photofinishers.

They plan to reduce their photo imaging business by 40 percent by fiscal 2008 and operate 2 billion-yen in the black by then.

Reduced competitiveness of their digital cameras and shrinking demand for film and paper are cited as causes of the red ink.

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