If you cannot read Japanese, beware when buying a digital camera in Japan. More manufacturers are starting to provide only Japanese (and maybe English as well) as the interface language that appears on the menu screens.
Lumix, by Panasonic, is one popular camera brand which provides only Japanese language on its menu screens. If you cannot read Japanese, think twice about buying a Lumix in Japan. Other brands might provide at least English.
Digital cameras for the Japanese market used to include all the languages provided on export models including English, European languages, Chinese, etc. But not anymore. Be sure to check if the camera you want will display in your preferred language.
Apparently, this is to stem the export of Japanese-market cameras to overseas. But this is not good for people living in Japan and cannot read Japanese. Let’s see which camera makers will provide at least English in addition to Japanese. Or which will continue to provide all the available languages in their digicams.
As the article mentions, it is true that sales of Japanese nude photo books have been declining in recent years. Bookstores have greatly shrunk the shelf space for such books, as well as for pop idol and bikini idol photo books.
Interesting article in The Japan Times about photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto who allowed rock band U2 to use one of his seascapes photos on the album cover, for free.
Photographer Izima Kaoru got a new book out which includes most all the photos in his corpse series published in previous books and magazines.
It’s published in Germany with text in English and German. Large-format book with color photos. The cover photo show actress Kimura Yoshino.
For details about his work and previous book, see my previous book reviews here:
Buy the book at Amazon.com here:
Izima Kaoru: Landscapes With a Corpse
In Japan, the book costs a pricey 12,000 yen at bookstores, but cheaper at Amazon.jp:
Izima Kaoru, Landscapes With a Corpse
PhotoGuide Japan was selected by Japanzine magazine as one of the “Best of Japan On the Web 2009” sites under the Photo Gallery category. http://www.japanzine.jp/article/jz/1974/best-of-japan-on-the-web-2009
Canon M39 Rangefinder Lenses 1939-71 is the first English-language book to
go into detail on the vagaries of these early lenses and the first major
book on the subject.
The book describes the various changes and markings on the lenses and
explains where the lenses fit in the evolution of the early Canon lens
system. It contains detailed charts on each lens to give the Canon collector
a clear overview of what is in their collection.
The book contains detailed sections on the serial numbering system developed
by Canon, prototypes that appear in various literature, and rare and unusual
items that Canon produced during this ‘Golden Age’. Detailed historical and
timeline charts follow Canon as it developed from a fledgling Seiki-Kogaku
Kenkyusyo in the back streets of Tokyo into the huge multinational it is
today. The book is beautifully illustrated with 370 black and white
photographs, which will guide the reader through the various pages even if
the reader cannot read English. Mr Phil Ono’s website ‘PhotoGuide Japan’
has been included in the book as a reference, particularly the Photographic
History of Japan section.
Title: “Canon M39 Rangefinder Lenses 1939-71” by Peter Kitchingman.
Description: Case bound, Hardcover, Coffee Table quality consisting of 215 pages with 370 B&W photographs.
Size: 320 x 230 x 20
Publisher: Self-published, designed and printed by Lamb Print in Perth, West
Date of issue: October 2008
Price: 6900 yen + Air Mail postage from Australia to Japan 2400 yen (this
rate is only for parcels sent to Japan)
Canon Rangefinder researcher
Click into my Canon RF website to place an order for my
NEW “Canon M39 Rangefinder Lenses 1933-1971” Book
Postcard collector and book author Yukiko Inui is having an exhibition of her British coal-mining postcards in Osaka.
British Coal Postcard Exhibition in Osaka
Tue, 4 – Mon. 31 March (10.00 – 21.00)
JUNKUDO Bookstore, Osaka
Dojima Avanza Bldg. 3rd Floor,
1-6-20 Dojima, Kita-ku, Osaka-City
She has also published a new book about British coal-mining postcards called “Photographic Postcards of British Coal Mining in the Early 20th Century” in Japanese.
On March 19-22, 2008, the Photo Imaging Expo (PIE2008) will be held at Tokyo Big Sight, East Hall 4 to 6
This is THE photo expo in Japan where you can find small-format film and digital cameras and accessories, large-format and professional equipment, and minilabs.
Various seminars, workshops, and entertainment for amateur shutterbugs, pros, and families and children are scheduled.
It is Asia’s largest photo trade show with about 200 exhibitors.
Hours: 10:00 － 17:00 (till 16:00 on last day). Admission 1,000 yen.
Directions to Tokyo Big Sight: http://www.bigsight.jp/english/general/access/index.html
English Web site: http://www.photoimagingexpo.com/top_e.html