Exhibition by ryan libre at Shinjuku Nikon Salon, April 2010

Portraits of Independence

Inside the Kachin Independence Army at the Shinjuku Nikon Salon; April 27th till May 3rd, 2010.  gallery talk May 1st at 1pm.

Photo workshop on the 4th and 5th. 5,000 per day.

more information about the show and workshop at http://www.ryanlibre.com

In Burma everyone is oppressed. The Kachins, being ethnic and religious minorities, have it even worst.

The KIO/KIA (Kachin Independence Organization) are on the forefront of many major issues in Myanmar this year: the Border Guard Force issue, negotiating state rights, contesting the new constitution, the Myitsone Dam and the 2010 elections. The KIO/KIA is not just fighting against the military government, they are proactive on many fronts from health care and education to infrastructure and agriculture.

They run a nearly complete parallel government ready to take power if given state rights or independence. This exhibition will give you a closer look at who they are and what they do and show the current situation in Kachin on many fronts. Also many photos of Culture and religion in Kachin

Ricoh Repair Centers in Japan

Ricoh has two service stations in Japan (Tokyo and Osaka) where you can take your Ricoh camera or lens for repairs. They also offer same-day repair service for certain camera models. Updated: Sept. 7, 2014

Ricoh Tokyo Service Center
Address: Helios II Bldg. 3rd floor, Funado 1-12-11
Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, Japan 174-0041
Phone: 03-3960-5140
Fax: 03-3960-5147
〒174-0041 東京都板橋区舟渡1-12-11ヘリオス II ビル3階
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, closed Sat., Sun., and national holidays

Ricoh’s Tokyo Service Center also offers same-day repair service for the following cameras: GR / GR DIGITAL IV / GR DIGITAL III / GR DIGITAL II / GX200 / CX6 / CX5 / CX4 / CX3 / CX2 / CX1. You can bring your camera to he service center for repairs completed the same day. Hours for same-day servicing are 9 am to 3 pm on weekdays only (closed on Sat. and Sun.).

Directions: Note that they moved away from their previous Ginza location in May 2013. Now near Ukima-Funado Station (JR Saikyo Line). Map here
Web site: http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/japan/dc/support/repair/ginza_sc.html

Ricoh Osaka Service Center
Address: Pearl Bldg. 2nd floor
Minami-senba 1-17-9
Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan 541-0081
Phone: 06-6271-7996
Fax: 06-6271-3612
〒542-0081 大阪府大阪市中央区南船場1-17-9 パールビル2F
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, closed Sat., Sun., and national holidays

Ricoh’s Osaka Service Center also offers same-day repair service for the following cameras: GR / GR DIGITAL IV / GR DIGITAL III / GR DIGITAL II / GX200 / CX6 / CX5 / CX4 / CX3 / CX2 / CX1. You can bring your camera to the service center for repairs completed the same day. Hours for same-day servicing are 9 am to 1 pm on weekdays only (closed on Sat. and Sun.).

Directions: Near Nagahoribashi Station (Sakaisuji subway line).
Web site: http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/support/contacts/index.htm

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ART FAIR TOKYO 2010, April 2-4, 2010

We are pleased to announce our participation to ART FAIR TOKYO 2010.

For details about the fair, please visit the following website:
We are greatly value your patronage and look forward to seeing you at the fair.
Thank you.

Dates and hours :

Friday, April 2 11:00am-9:00pm
Saturday, April 3 11:00am-8:00pm
Sunday, April 4 10:30am-5:00pm
* The hour of the last admission is 30 mins before the closing.
First Choice
Thursday, April 1 4:00pm-7:00pm
Opening Preview
Thursday, April 1 7:00pm-9:00pm
* Invited guests and press

Venues :

Venue I: Tokyo International Forum, B2F Exhibition Hall
3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Venue II: PROJECTS: Tokyo International Forum,
Lobby Gallery 1, 2
3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

* MEM will present at booth No.E15 at Venue I.

Artsits :
Ken Kitano, Yasumasa Mormura, Yoshio Kitayama, Tomoko Sawada, Noriko Yamaguchi, Chiyuki Sakagami

Ken Kitano

Ken Kitano’s early photographic series “Flow and Fusion” will be exhibited during the fair on the occasion of the publishing of his monograph from the same series. “Flow and Fusion” is the first milestone for the artist who later produced a well-known portrait series “our face”. The series was shot from 1989 to the mid 1990s, when Japan went through several historical events; the collapse of the Bubble Economy, the South Hyogo Prefecture Earthquake and the sarin terrorism attack. We sold 60 prints of the monograph in Paris Photo 2009, which attracted widespread media attention. Several new images from ヤour faceユ series will also be on display.

(from upper left) one day/ Mt.Fuji sunrise to sunset,Yamanashi(2007),Tsutenkaku morning to evening, Osaka(2008)
(from lower left) our face /portraits of 39 People Floating Lanterns down the River Motoyasu in Memory of Atomic Bomb Victims on August 6, 2004, Hiroshima (2006) / portraits of 20 women who washing themselves in River Ganges in Varanasi,India (2008) / portraits of 25 traditional folk dancers, Seoul, Korea (2009)

Yasumasa Morimura

His solo exhibition has just started at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, which is already attracting attention. The show consists of his latest works focusing on male historical icons who survived in the turbulent days of the 20th century as a requiem for them. We will select a several images from the ヤactressユ series which was produced in the middle of his self-portraiture carrier starting in the 1980s.

Self-portrait(Actress)/after Mariene Dietrich 6(1996) Mユs self portrait.no.40 (1993)

Yoshio Kitayama

Since the 1980s he has joined international expositions including the Venice Biennale (1982), Carnegie International (1982, Pittsburg), and Triennial India (1991, New Delhi), and has been recognized as a sculptor who works on large pieces made with bamboos and washi paper. In 1997 he started a series of large-scale monochrome paintings on Japanese paper including two series ヤiconユ and ヤuniverseユ. ヤIconユ shows enlarged human figures drawn from little clay sculptures he makes in advance. In the ヤuniverseユ series, his numerous and meticulous touches in black ink create a series of phenomenal pictures of the universe, which could be compared to the Mandala in Buddism. In 2008 he installed a 15meter high sculpture on 90thfloor of the World Financial Center Shanghai which gained much attention. Within the two exhibitions at MEM (2010), we focused on his works on paper and explored how his works have changed since 1986. The show was introduced through reviews in the Japan Times and other national media. At the fair, we will show several new paintings.

All things are in a state of flux(2009)    good news(2010)

Tomoko Sawada

We will show Sawadaユs early works which was produced during the 1996-97. During the process of making this series Sawada said ‘I was really happy and excited while seeing the images of my face gradually coming up on the print papers when I was working in the darkroomユ.
We hope you will see the series of works ヤEarly Daysユ which has later established Sawadaユs style as a self-portraiture artist.

Early Days Doll#5(1997)              Decoration/Face (2008)

Noriko Yamaguchi

Noriko Yamaguchi is a part of the younger generation within the Japanese art scene. She uses a combination of video and photography as well as performance art. The most well-known series ‘KEITAI GIRL’ (2004) presents a futuristic image of human beings who have implanted electronic communication devices all over their body. The work focuses on today’s digital communication with cell-phones in relation with the human body. Another series, ‘PEPPERMINT GIRL'(2007), also explore her obsession with skin; she is covered with thousands of pieces of chewing gum that in some sense is used as a metaphor for DNA, conveying human genes from generation to generation. She has performedヤKEITAI GIRLユon the occasion of Paris Photo’s opening in 2008, and this year she is planning to give a new performance at ARTHK’s opening event. Italy based critique, Fabriano Fabbri has wrote about her works and performance in his latest publication ‘lo zen e il manga (zen and manga / 2009)’.

KEITAI GIRL IMEKURA SHOW 2009(performance in Kyoto)      Golden Zazame no.2 (2005)

Chiyuki Sakagami

Her drawings were included in the group show ユparallel visionユ (Setagaya City Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1993), ヤFlood-sacred irruptionユ (Hara Museum of Art,Tokyo, 1994) , ヤArtists from Japan and Koreaユ (2002, National Museum of Art, Osaka, and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul 2002), ヤEmotional Drawingsユ (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2008), and some other national/international exhibitions. Her new prints with detailed pictures will be on show at the fair.

If the butterfly’s wings are torn off(2007)     tropical night/ at brackish-water region(2007)

Contact : MEM
Arai bldg.4F-16, 2-1-1, Imabashi, Chuoku, Osaka 5410042 Osaka Japan tel.06-6231-0337
fax.06-6231-0338 PIC: Ami Fukuda, E-Mail: <fukuda@mem-inc.jp>fukuda@mem-inc.jp URL: http://www.mem-inc.jp

Pixel race ending in saturated digicam market

Japan sales of digital cameras in 2009 shrank by 4.5% compared to 2008. The average camera price also decreased by an average of about 7% compared to 2008 prices. This is according to BCN, a market research company in Japan and reported by NHK TV news today.

The economic recession combined with a saturated digicam market are cited as primary reasons for the shrinkage.

To stimulate demand and stop the slide in camera prices, camera makers are now focusing on providing unique features in their digital cameras rather than continuing the pixel race. For example, FujiFilm has marketed a compact digital camera having face recognition for pets. It can continue to focus on the face of your moving dog or cat whose face has been registered with the camera. Olympus has also marketed a very compact and lightweight D-SLR.

Sales of D-SLRs have also decreased since Sept. 2009. BCN reported that Sept. 2009 unit sales of D-SLRs reached only 96.2% of the total sold in Sept. 2008. D-SLR sales had been increasing for over 4 years until Sept. 2009.

Another interesting trend in Japan is that the D-SLR market is moving toward a higher-priced segment. In Sept. 2008, about half the total of D-SLRs sold were priced below 80,000 yen. But a year later, little over half the D-SLRs sold in Sept. 2009 were priced within 80,000 to 120,000 yen. That’s a 13.6% jump compared to a year before. D-SLR prices have stabilized and/or the market is moving up to higher-end models.

Canon and Nikon account for about 70% of D-SLR sales in Japan. Canon leads Nikon in market share in most months, but it’s a real tug of war between them. The monthly market share also hinges on the introduction of a new model by Canon or Nikon.

The best-selling D-SLR in Japan every month is almost always the Canon Kiss series (X, X2, X3 and soon X4) known as the Rebel or 400D, etc.

The price of the Canon EOS 7D keeps falling almost weekly as of this writing. It has already fallen by 3,000 yen since early Feb. 2010 when I bought mine. The level of refinement and specs of the 7D as a midrange camera are so outstanding that I won’t have to worry about it becoming obsolete in 18-24 months and spend another bundle of money to replace it. The D-SLR market is really coming of age.


What’s this? Links to major Japanese publishers’ online photo book catalogs. You can browse through these online catalogs and find the celebrity photo book you want and then order from us.

What now? Click on a link to see the respective publisher’s online catalog. Although everything is in Japanese, you can still recognize your favorite celebrity by looking at the thumbnail images or cover image (sample photos are sometimes provided). Or you can use @nifty’s free Web translation service to translate Japanese Web pages into English. Not perfect, but it may help.

Important! If you are outside Japan, you cannot order directly from these Japanese publishers. They ship only within Japan. (This is why we offer this ProxyShop service.) Order by following our ordering instructions.


Asahi Press
List of photo books on multiple pages.

Bunkasha (Idol books)
List of their bikini idol photo books. Click on a link to see a small cover image and the catalog page. Do not click on anything on the catalog page (unless you are in Japan). You might see small sample photos for the newest books.

Bunkasha (Nude books)
List of their nude photo books. Click on a link to see a small cover image and the catalog page. Do not click on anything on the catalog page (unless you are in Japan). You might see small sample photos for the newest books.

Eichi Publishing
Thumbnail catalog of their newest photo books. Click on the book’s thumbnail image to see a larger image and details. (Don’t click on the blue shopping cart button.) Click on “Next” to see the next page of thumbnails. Different book categories (bikini, nudes, semi-nudes, etc.) also provided. Note that Eichi and Bauhaus are affiliated so you may see Bauhaus books as well.

Idol photo books. Sample images also provided.

Latest photo books.

Ongaku Senkasha
Thumbnail catalog, with some links to individual book pages.

Saibunkan (Newest books)
Thumbnail catalog of their newest photo books.

Click on the thumbnails to see the cover image and nice sample photos.

Thumbnail catalog of their newest photo books. Click on the link to see a larger cover image and sample photos.

Wani Books
First you see thumbnails of their newest photo books. Click on the thumbnail to see the book’s catalog page.

Last modified: Jan. 10, 2011

Payment Methods

We accept the following payment methods:

  • PayPal (send to philbert@photojpn.org )
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  • Money order or cashier’s check (no personal checks)
  • Cash (US$)
  • Wire or bank transfer to our Japanese bank account

All payment from outside Japan must be in US dollars. Money orders and cashier’s checks must be drawn on a bank or post office in the United States.

For PayPal payments, you don’t have to join PayPal to send us payment via PayPal. Non-members can still send payment via PayPal using a credit card and email address. (But we highly recommend that you join PayPal.)

For credit card payments, you can use PayPal.

For cashier’s checks and money orders, make it payable to Philbert H. Ono and send it to the following address. Cash payments must also go to the following address. Together with the payment, enclose a printout of the price quote we sent you by e-mail.

PhotoGuide Japan
Kojima Bldg. SBC4-121
3-20-8 Ueno
Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005
(Note that this is a private mailbox and not an office address. So don’t drop by to deliver your payment in person.)

For bank transfers to our bank account in Japan:

Japan Net Bank
Honten branch code 001, Ordinary account No. 1555069
Account holder: Philbert Ono

ƒジャパンネット銀行(Japan Net Bank)
–本店 001, 普通: 1555069
名義:オノ フィルバート

Japan Post Office
Furikae account No. 00170-7-143742
Account holder: PhotoGuide Japan

To wire money from outside Japan to our bank account in Japan:

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
Urayasu Branch
Kita-zakae 1-17-11
Urayasu-shi, Chiba 279-0002
Telephone: +81-473-54-3341

Acct. No: 0174347

After you deposit the payment, send us email and tell us which account you deposited the money. Thanks!!

Payment FAQ

What is PayPal?

PayPal is the leading company for sending and receiving payments online. It is a very convenient, quick, and low-cost way to send and receive money via the Internet. With PayPal, we can confirm your payment very quickly. We can also send you a refund very quickly. PayPal can also be used to pay with a credit card. For more information, see PayPal.

Can I just fax or snail mail you my credit card information?

Sorry, no. We are not equipped to accept and process credit card payments directly. If you want to pay by credit card, you must use PayPal.

If you do not want to use your credit card through the Internet, then please send us a money order or cash instead.

What happens to the personal information (credit card number, e-mail address, etc.) I give you?

Your privacy is guaranteed. PhotoGuide Japan, PayPal, etc., will never reveal, sell, or rent to any third party the information you provide for your order. Your purchases and purchasing patterns are also kept confidential. Read our Privacy Policy

How do I use the Proxy Payment Form?

A normal shopping site has an online catalog where you choose the items you want and put them into a shopping cart and then check out. We cannot do this for auction items and third-party items because they are not our products and they are too transient. They come and go within days and prices always vary.

So we provide this flexible and generic Proxy Payment Form which can be used to order and pay for any auction or third-party item you want. After we give you a price quote, use this form to set the amount you need to pay, choose the desired shipping method, and in the Remarks box, copy and paste the URL of the auction or third-party item(s) you want to buy. (You can enter multiple items or URLs in the same form.) When your payment is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email.

I sent you a money order (or cash) and you should have received it by now. However, I still have not received a payment confirmation e-mail from you.

Our postal address is a private mailbox. We check the mailbox only once a week or so. You just have to wait until the next time we check the mailbox. Then we will tell you that we received your payment.

I already sent payment for my order, but something came up and I want to cancel my order. Can you refund my money?

Generally speaking, all sales are final. The only exceptions will be as stated in our Returns and Refund Policy.

I am in Japan. Can I pay in yen?

Yes you can. You will have to request for a price quote in yen. Mention this on your order form. (Your shipping address must be in Japan, and you must be able to transfer money to our Japanese bank account.) Obviously, domestic mailing costs are lower and the price quote we give you will reflect this.

Shipping Methods

  • SAL (Surface Air Lift) low-priority air mail
  • Priority air mail
  • EMS (Express Mail Service) (Track EMS package here)
  • Surface mail

SAL (Surface Air Lift) is our standard shipping method. The cost of SAL shipping is usually included in our price quotes. SAL packages are loaded on the airplane only if there’s room after all the priority air mail parcels are loaded. Therefore, it is slower and cheaper than priority air mail, but faster than surface (boat) mail. Delivery takes about 2-3 weeks from Japan to most countries. If your country does not accept SAL packages, then we ship by surface mail. Countries like South Korea, Taiwan, and most Central American and African countries do not accept SAL.

Priority air mail promptly loads your package on an airplane. Delivery takes 1-2 weeks from Japan to most countries.

EMS (Express Mail Service) is the fastest shipping method available through the post office. Delivery takes only 3-4 days from Japan to most major countries. It is the most expensive method, but you can track the package if it is lost. (We can tell you your EMS tracking number if your order does not arrive within a week.) Insurance is also provided up to 20,000 yen. It is cheaper than Federal Express. If you have the EMS tracking number, you can track your package on this Web page:

On the iStore order form or payment form, you can select your preferred shipping method, and we will calculate the total cost.

All book and magazine orders are shipped as “Printed Matter” or “Books.”

Shipping FAQ

How long will it take to receive my order after I send payment?
All items are shipped from Tokyo, Japan. The time it takes for you to receive your order depends on merchandise availability, the payment method you use, the shipping method you choose, your location (country), and sometimes customs inspections. Generally speaking, it will take several weeks for your order to arrive.

For auction items, it will take about 4-6 weeks since you must allow time for the seller to ship the item to us before we can ship it to you.

Paying by PayPal greatly reduces the delivery time. PayPal and credit card payments can be confirmed within 24 hours (often within a few hours). After your payment is confirmed, we can usually ship your order within 2-3 weeks. If you send a cashier’s check, money order, or cash instead, you will have to wait longer.

Our standard shipping method is SAL low-priority air mail. It takes about 2 weeks for the package to arrive via SAL. If you’re impatient, you can pay slightly extra for priority air mail which takes about 1 week for your order to arrive. And if it’s urgent, you can request EMS Express Mail which takes 3 or 4 days.

So, assuming that you pay by PayPal, and you use SAL air mail, it will take an average of 3-5 weeks for your order to arrive. (Sometimes longer, sometimes sooner.) Priority air mail will take about 3-4 weeks. Or use EMS Express Mail and it will take about 2-3 weeks for your order to arrive after payment is confirmed.

Note that during certain holiday or vacation periods such as Christmas/New Year’s and summer time (August), deliveries might be delayed. There will also be delays when we take a vacation, usually during late Dec. and New Year’s, late April-early May, and August.

Priority air mail costs about $9 more than SAL per package, and EMS Express Mail costs about $20 more than priority air. FedEx is also an option, but we don’t offer it due to the prohibitive cost.

Since we use the postal system, there is no way of tracking your package (as with FedEx, etc.) unless it is registered or sent via EMS. However, from our experience, it is extremely unlikely for your order to get lost in the mail.

How much does shipping cost from Japan?
We ship all orders by postal mail from Tokyo, Japan. The shipping cost depends on how heavy your order is, your preferred shipping method, and your location.

SAL: Shipping printed matter via SAL ranges from 75 yen (for 20 g) to 2,080 yen (for 2 kg) for North America, Europe, Australia, and Oceania. The weight limit for SAL is usually 5 kg for printed matter and sometimes only 2 kg for some countries. So if your books weigh more than 2 or 5 kg, your order will arrive in two or more packages possibly on different days. If it’s not printed matter, then the weight limit for SAL is 2 kg. SAL does not provide package tracking nor insurance.
See the Japan Post Office’s SAL Rates (in English).

Priority air mail: Rates range from 80 yen (for 20 g) to 5,460 yen (for 5 kg) for North America, Europe, Australia, and Oceania. Five kilograms is the maximum weight limit allowed for a package containing printed matter. If your order weighs more than 5 kg (including packaging), we will have to ship it in two or more packages. It does not provide package tracking nor insurance.
See the Japan Post Office’s Air Mail Rates (in English).

EMS: This is the fastest shipping method via the post office. The delivery time to most countries is 3 or 4 days. This service costs 1,200 yen for 300 g, 2,400 yen for 1 kg, 4,000 yen for 2 kg, and 8,200 yen for 5 kg to North America. The weight limit is 20 kg. EMS provides package tracking and insurance up to 20,000 yen. We can give you the tracking number upon request.
See the Japan Post Office’s EMS Rates (in English).

Shipping rates are slightly cheaper for Asian countries and more expensive for Africa and South America.

What about using FedEx?
We do not use private courier services (Federal Express, etc.) because of their prohibitive cost for international deliveries. Even EMS is much cheaper than Federal Express and almost as fast. For example, for a 1-kg “FedEx Pak” to the US West Coast, it costs 7,200 yen compared to 2,400 yen via EMS to anywhere in the US.

I paid for my order about 4 weeks ago, but it still has not arrived. What’s causing the delay?

The reason or cause can be any of the following (in the order of highest to lowest probability):

1. One of the books you ordered is temporarily out of stock and we are waiting for it to arrive from the publisher.

2. For some reason, the auction seller has delayed shipping the item to us.

3. One of the books you ordered has gone out-of-print and we are looking for an available copy (usually at used bookstores or Japanese auction sites). If this happens, we will let you know.

4. The postal system is experiencing delays in delivering your package. (SAL low-priority air mail is supposed to take 2-3 weeks, but it may take longer.)

5. We’re really busy with our day jobs and have not been able to keep up with order fulfillment. (PhotoGuide Japan is just a side business.)

6. We are currently on vacation. We’ll ship your order as soon as we get back. The major vacation periods in Japan are: Dec. 24-Jan. 6, April 28-May 7, and August.

7. The wrong shipping method (SAL low-priority air mail instead of priority air mail or boat mail instead of SAL) was used to ship your order.

8. Customs officials in your country are withholding the package for inspection. Due to more strict anti-terrorism measures in countries like the USA, customs inspection of incoming packages might be causing a delay in delivery.

9. Customs officials in your country have confiscated the package since the contents are not allowed in your country.

10. You typed the wrong address on the online order form and the package went to that wrong address.

11. The address label on the package was torn off or made illegible somehow and the package is being returned to PhotoGuide Japan.

12. The package arrived at your home, but the mailman took it back to the local office because you weren’t home. (Check with your local post office to see if they are holding a package for you.)

13. The package arrived in your the mailbox, but your dog grabbed it and buried it somewhere. Or someone stole your mail. Make sure your mail box has a lock and it is large enough to hold books.

14. The package got lost in the mail.

15. The plane, train, boat, or vehicle carrying your package got into an accident.

Note that if 9, 10, 13, 14, or 15 occurs, we will not send a replacement copy. You will have to bear the risk of non-delivery. But don’t worry too much because the chances of your order getting lost in the mail is extremely low.

If you want to guarantee delivery, please request EMS (Express Mail Service) shipping. EMS enables you to track the package via the Internet and insures the contents up to 20,000 yen. If it does not arrive via EMS within a few days, you can tell us and we can check the delivery status of the package. You can always contact us and inquire about your order’s status.

What happens if the item I ordered and paid for is no longer available?
If we cannot find it within 4 or 5 weeks, we will inform you and give you a full refund or credit you for that amount toward a future order, whichever you choose.

I ordered five books from you, but I got only three books.

When you order three or more books, your order may be shipped in two or more packages arriving on different days. So just wait a little while longer until the other package arrives.

Sometimes though, one or more of the books you ordered might be delayed so we shipped only part of your order. We usually send email when your order is partially shipped. You can also login to iStore and check your order status. Or you can contact us and inquire about your order’s status.

What about customs or import duties?
If any customs charges or import duties apply to your order in your country, you will have to pay it when you receive the package. Contact your local customs office for more information.

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