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Geneses of Photography in Japan: Nagasaki

Geneses of Photography in Japan: Nagasaki

In a nutshell
The Nagasaki photographs are the first in series of exhibits focusing on the birth of photography in Japan. There are maps, prints, scrolls and books highlighting pre-photography Nagasaki. The early photographs include panoramas of the city, older wooden buildings and scenes from life in 19th century and early 20th century Japan.

The venue
The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (TOP) is a spacious, modern museum that was recently renovated. The photographs are beautifully arranged and displayed.

Insider tip
Metropolis magazine has a great article by journalist and art museum consultant Alice Gordenker about the Nagasaki exhibition. She will give a guided tour in English on Friday, April 20 at 6:00 pm. Please read the article for more information.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the information is in Japanese and English, including the list of works handout.

Photos?
You may take photographs of only one object, a mother-of-pearl inlay lacquer box, seen above.

The feels
A nostalgic trip back in time with photographs of beautiful vistas and a chance to see the buildings and people of pre-industrial Nagasaki.

Appeal
This appeals to both history and photography lovers and is a great opportunity to learn about Japan’s past.

How far out?
From the Ebisu metro station, take exit one, from the JR Station, take the east exit. Follow signs for the Sky Walk and Yebisu Garden Place. The museum is across the street as you exit the Sky Walk. 

How much time? 
About 30 minutes.

How much money?
¥700 for general admission. The Magazine and the New Photography: Koga and Japanese Modernism is on as well and requires an additional admission fee.

Until when?
May 6, 2018

Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Definitely worth seeing if you’re in the area or have some free time.

Links:
https://topmuseum.jp/e/contents/exhibition/index-2961.html

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