On Sept. 14, 2004, Maruzen Bookstore opened their new Tokyo store right in front of Tokyo Station near the Marunouchi North Exit.
It’s a beautiful store with many shelves of foreign/imported books and magazines. There’s also a gallery space and famed photographer Daido Moriyama was the first to exhibit there.
The old Nihonbashi store will close in Oct. temporarily until 2007 since the building will be rebuilt. During the interim, they will have a temporary Nihonbashi store near the old location.
The new Tokyo store (Marunouchi Honten) will prove to be more convenient for many of us.
On March 17-20, 2005, the new, gigantic Photo Imaging Expo (PIE 2005) will be held at Tokyo Big Sight.
Up to 2004, there was the Photo Expo for small-format cameras and accessories, International Professional Photo Fair (IPPF) featuring large-format and professional equipment, and the Lab System Show for minilabs all held on different dates. Well, from next year 2005, these three trade shows will be combined into one big show called the Photo Imaging Expo.
There will be 1,000 booths by 200 companies. It will be Asia’s largest photo trade show. About 100,000 people are expected to attend (admission 1,000 yen).
English Web site: http://www.pie2005.jp/en/top.htm
The Web site includes information (including rates) on having a booth at the show.
At last, we can check out both 35mm cameras and large-format cameras on the same day under the same roof.
As part of their 50th anniversary of the city’s founding, Sagamihara in Kanagawa will hold their annual photo festival in Oct. 2004.
One highlight will be a symposium on Oct. 17, 2004 at 2 pm featuring TBS TV news anchorman Tetsuya Tsukuji who will give a photography-related talk. He will be followed by a panel discussion at 4 pm by three panelists. The venue will be Ajisai Kaikan Hall near JR Sagamihara Station (South Exit) on the Yokohama Line.
More info, call in Japanese: (042) 769-8202
Web site: http://www.city.sagamihara.kanagawa.jp/homepage/800306/bunka-kokusai/photo.html
Fuji Photo Salon has opened in Sendai, Miyagi Pref. on Sept. 15, 2004. Its first exhibition is by professional landscape photographer Toshinobu Takeuchi until Sept. 29.
The gallery is a 15-min. walk from JR Sendai Station or a 1-min. walk from Kotodai Koen Station on Nanboku subway line.
Web site here:
Konica Minolta has discontinued production of the Minolta X-370S manual-focus SLR camera, MD lenses, and accessories.
Founded in 1967, the Nihon Shashin Gakuen photo school （日本写真学園）in Iidabashi, Tokyo will close in March 2005 after the current school year due to decreased student enrollment in recent years.
I once took a few short-term classes there, and they were fun. Too bad.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography finally made an English version of their Web site:
They also changed their domain name to syabi.com which is much shorter than tokyo-photo-museum.or.jp.
As you may have already seen, our home or top page (index.html) has been completely redesigned. I did it from the ground up with CSS style sheets without using any tables for the layout. (If you’re not a Webmaster or Web designer, you can ignore this geek speak.)
It’s a very simple design with good visual impact. Just what I wanted. Due to the larger background image, this “billboard look” takes only slightly longer to download than my old “stripe look” design. I think it’s worth it. And it’s much more fun now to change the cover photo. I have a lot of pictures that would look great when shown that big.
CSS is definitely the way to go for Web page design and layout.