2013 Japan News Photo Exhibition

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The 2013 Japan News Photo Exhibition (報道写真展 Hodo Shashinten) is being held at Mitsukoshi Dept. Store (7th floor) in Nihonbashi, Tokyo until Dec. 24, 2013.

About 250 photos are on display. Free admission. Hours: 10 am – 7 pm. http://www.mitsukoshi.co.jp/store/1010/houdou/

Japan News Photo Exhibition

This was the award-winning photo at the news photo exhibition. In July 2013, a female passenger in her 30s was getting off the Keihin Tohoku Line at Minami Urawa Station when she fell into the gap between the train and platform edge. She got stuck at her waist. When train station staff pleaded for help, 40 people on the platform and in the train pushed the train to tilt it and free the stuck woman. It took a few minutes and the woman had no serious injuries. The photo was taken by a Yomiuri Shimbun reporter who happened to be there.

Employees getting fired over unsanitary photos

This summer, there has been a rash of shop employees (convenience stores, restaurants) who posted Twitter photos of themselves in ridiculous and unsanitary poses at their workplace. The photos went viral and they quickly got flamed. Their Twitter accounts have since been shut down, but the incriminating photos have been reposted by others. Of course the employees in question got fired and sometimes even the store was shut down.

Here’s a sample collection of the problem photos: http://ameblo.jp/oniyome2/entry-11587383750.html

From top to bottom, the page shows a photo of an employee at Bronco Billy steak house inside a refrigerator.   This restaurant branch was shut down because of this photo and he might face a lawsuit. (Made national news.) Then a woman bites into a pack of frozen sausages inside a freezer at Marugen Ramen restaurant. Another employee lies inside a refrigerator at Hotto Motto bento shop. The man resting on a pile of hamburger buns piled up on the floor was fired by Burger King. The bottom photo shows a man lying down on ice cream inside the freezer at Lawson convenience store.

A lesson on how to get fired from a part-time job in Japan.

Also Japan Times article: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2013/08/20/digital/chain-stores-suffer-part-timers-stupidity-on-the-web/#.Uhbb3hbRgrQ

Geisha photos at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqio6Kc8liE

Geisha/geiko guru and photographer Peter Macintosh is having a geisha photo exhibition at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo until early July 2013. He brought an Asakusa geisha (video) to the opening party on June 10, 2013.

Directions to FCCJ: http://www.fccj.ne.jp/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=132

CP+ 2013 photos

Went to CP+ 2013 in Yokohama, Japan’s largest camera show. Although there were no major new product announcements, we got to touch and feel the latest cameras. Here are some photos of the first day on Jan 31, 2013.

CP+ billboard near the entrance of Pacifico Yokohama.

Pacifico Yokohama, CP+ venue.

There was a long line to enter the camera show. Took me 20 min. to get in. It was the fist time to take so long to get in. They need more reception staff.

CP+ 2013 inside Pacifico Yokohama.

Canon had this shooting demo setup where you could use an EOS 6D to shoot a model (seen in the corner). You could use your own SD card to record images. 10-min. wait.

Pentax model for their Evangelion camera editions.

Panasonic Lumix.

My Book is a on-demand publisher in Japan. Very limited book formats, page counts, and expensive. They aim for the low-end amateur market rather than pro photographers wanting to make photo books.

Another on-demand publisher featuring cardboard pages. vivipri.co.jp

Tamron companions line up to say goodbye at the end of the day at 5 pm.

Click here for a short video of the Casio and Nikon booths at CP+2013

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