Nippon Camera magazine ceases publication

Sadly, Nippon Camera magazine has ceased publication with the May 2021 issue (photo) being the last one. The magazine follows its former rival…

Japan’s camera industry in 2020

by Philbert Ono The Japanese camera industry’s struggles have gotten worse with the pandemic in 2020. The coronavirus resulting in stay-at-home requests, travel…

Asahi Camera mag ceasing publication

The COVID-19 pandemic is also hitting Japan’s photo publication industry with Asahi Camera magazine (アサヒカメラ) ceasing publication with its July 2020 issue (on…
Tsuwano

Tsuwano, Shimane: Photo museum and more

Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, the small town of Tsuwano in Shimane Prefecture turned out to be a real delight. Surrounded by…

Japan’s first nude poster

by Philbert Ono In 1922, Torii Shoten (鳥井商店), the forerunner of Osaka-based beverage maker Suntory, made this poster to promote its “Akadama Port Wine”…

Japanese buzzword for 2017: Insta-bae

At the end of each year, a major Japanese publisher of reference books gives an award to the year’s most popular buzzword. The…
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