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  • The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with Embassy of Japan in Vietnam,  proudly present a travelling photo exhibition Tohoku through the eyes of Japanese photographers from 30 October – 13 November December at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi.

    The great earthquake that assaulted Japan on March 11, 2011 devastated the Tohoku region.  Everyone has vivid memories of the riveting photo and video images that were quickly broadcast around the world by the mass media, and we also remember how they were quickly answered by waves of sympathy and support for the recovery effort.   This exhibition of photographs of Tohoku does not attempt to document the damage or recovery but instead uses photography to show the natural and cultural environment of Tohoku along with its people and their way of life.

    This exhibition is composed of photographs of the Tohoku taken by nine individual photographers and one photographers’ group.  Teisuke Chiba and Ichiro Kojima photographed Tohoku in the 1950s and 1960s.  Hideo Haga, Masatoshi Naito, and Masaru Tatsuki have recorded festivals and folk religious rites throughout the region.  Hiroshi Oshima and Naoya Hatakeyama have combined their personal histories with the landscapes of their home regions.  Meiki Rin turned his camera toward the beautiful natural environment.  Nao Tsuda searched for the source of the Japanese spirit in relics and artifacts of the Jomon period.  A group of photographers led by Toru Ito have created the Sendai Collection, a series of photographs of anonymous scenesin Sendai, Miyagi prefecture.

    Jomon culture is the deepest stratum of traditional Japanese culture, which gradually seems to be fading away, but the legacy of Jomon still lives and breathes in Tohoku.  This exhibition gives glimpses of the primal landscape of Japan, and we hope that it will provide an opportunity for viewers to consider the nature of the Japanese people and think about the future of Tohoku.

    These photographs represent the varied faces of Tohoku, and we hope that this relatively unknown region will be rendered more familiar by the brilliant artistic expression of these marvelous Japanese photographers.

    Free of admission.

    ■ Exhibition information

    Organized by: The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
    Supported by: Embassy of Japan in Vietnam
    Curated by: Korato Iizawa


    Opening: 9:30 – Friday 30 October, 2015
    Duration: Friday 30 October – Friday 13 November, 2015
    [Opening hours] 8:30 – 16:45, no closed days]
    Venue: Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
    66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

    ■ Selected Artworks


    For the usage of the following images for your media, please contact the staffs in charge above. We will provide a bigger size of each image upon your request.

    MASARU TATSUKI A Deer Shot Dead, November 2009, Kamaishi, Iwate ICHIRO KOJIMA Around Inagaki,Tsugaru-shi, 1960 HIDEO HAGA Longevity Dance, Motsuji Temple, Hiraizumi, Iwate, 1979 MASATOSHI NAITO Statue of Osawabutsu, Ourani  Sanpou Koujin, Dewa Sanzan,1981-82)
    TEISUKE CHIBA Driving off Sparrows, Kitsunezaka, Taiyu Village, C.1943 NAO TSUDA Kamoaosa, Akita, FIELD NOTES  Jomon Sites / Oga Peninsula /Yonomori, 2011 NAOYA HATAKEYAMA Kesengawa, 2003/08/23(2003)
    MEIKI LIN Reflection of Green Beech Woods  (2011) HIROSHI OSHIMA Ohamaza-cho, La Ville de la chance (1979) SENDAI COLLECTION Perspective, Sendai Collection Vol.1 (2000-2003)

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    ■  For inquiries on the exhibition, please contact at:

    Ms. Nha (ext 115)/Mr. Kawai (ext 109) The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam 27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam       TEL 04-3944-7419    www.jpf.org.vn