- 3.11写真記録 写真ボランティア―/ミニギャラリー
場所：フレームマン．ギンザ．サロン 東京都中央区銀座5-1 銀座ファイブ2F
Kenji Kojima 3 Exhibition simultaneous photo exhibition.
- Tokyo: Tsukuda (1983-2014) / Gallery Ⅰ
The history of “Tsukuda” begins immediately after
Tokugawa Ieyasu established the Edo Shogunate, and the district boasts of being
the oldest in Tokyo. When Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo Castle, fishermen from
Tsukuda Village in Nishinari Province (now the Tsukuda district of
Nishiyodogawa Ward, Osaka City, in Osaka Prefecture) transported his party to
Edo in their fishing boats. Consequently, these fishermen took on the roles of
fishermen and couriers in Edo, later building up the Tsukuda district by their
The district became known as “Tsukudajima”, and until the reclamation of
Tokyo Bay began in the Meiji Era, the district comprised a small island
in the Sumida River’s estuary. Spared from the devastation of the Great
Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and World War II, “Tsukuda” retained the atmosphere
of a fishing village in the midst of Tokyo—scenes of boats at anchor, rows
of houses unchanged by the passage of time, people’s warmth, and unrestricted
neighborly ties. This cityscape transformed with the development of the
Tokyo waterfront during the 1980s, and the Japanese economy went into recession
in the 1990s. The Great East Japan Earthquake struck in 2011, subsequently
causing the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.These previously
unpublished works present a record of “Tsukuda” spanning 30 years. It is
my hope that viewers will perceive the “Things that change with the times”
(cityscape) and the “Things that do not change” (atmosphere and scenes
of people living their everyday lives).
- "Little Edo" Sawara (2009-2014) /Gallery Ⅱ
There is townscape along the Omigawa River in the Sawara district
of Katori City in Chiba Prefecture where vestiges of the Edo, Meiji, and Showa
Periods remain. Since first going to see the Sawara-no-Taisai Festival in October 2009, I have continued to
photograph this area with affection.
As my life work I have also continued to photograph Tsukuda, a
district of Tokyo, and it seems that Sawara and Tsukuda have some points in
common. That is, firstly, they are both towns situated on waterways that have
old-fashioned townscapes and long histories exuding a sense of warmth; and
secondly, they are both quiet small towns.
December 10, 1994, the Agency for Cultural Affairs designated Sawara as an Important
Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings—the first such
designation in the Kanto region. The district is also famous as that place
where Inoh Tadataka—Japan's Master Cartographer—once lived, and his home remains
even today as the Inoh Tadataka Yukari no
the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, the Sawara townscape overall
sustained damage such as fallen roof tiles, but the local residents live with
hope for recovery.
- Photographic Documentation of 3-11 Vol. 1 Volunteer Activities /Gallery Mini
Immediately following the Great East Japan Earthquake, I strongly felt
that I wanted to be involved in volunteer activities, too. On the weekend
that the East Nippon Expressway was opened to general traffic (March 26),
I traveled to the disaster zone and volunteered at the Matsushima Town
Disaster Volunteer Center, shoveling mud.
returning home, I decided that I wanted to volunteer in an area I could do (my beloved
photography), and on searching the Internet discovered a project entitled “10
million Steps!”—Ten million people in the Tohoku Region coming together to take
one step forward. Looking at the message photographs, I realized I had
encountered a site where I wanted to created “connections” and “circles”, and
so I sent off an e-mail saying that I wanted to volunteer.
photographs that I took in April-May of the year of the disaster, but this
message continues to live on eternally.
I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Miyagi and Fukushima,
who allowed me to photograph them, as well as to everyone at Radio Morioka,
who gave permission for the photographs to be used in this exhibition.
Period: 2015.4.24(Friday) - April 30(Thursday)
During the period, seven days a week /opening and closingtime10:00 to 19:00
(Open the first day12:00~ /last day17:00Closed)
Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo5-1GinzaFive2F