little Watabe show and more

The top page of Morioka Shoten currently tells us (my translation):

14 January (Mon) – 19 January (Sat)
Exhibition of photographs by Watabe Yūkichi, “Alaska Eskimo”
In this exhibition we’re showing original vintage prints from the series “Alaska Eskimo” (Asahi Sonorama Sensho 20, Asahi Sonorama, 1979) by Watabe Yūkichi, who became much talked about with “Criminal Investigation”.

A postcard elaborates slightly. The prints are from the Asahi Sonorama archives, and are for sale. The hours are 13:00 to 20:00.

Here‘s a map to the refreshingly solid building that houses this and other small galleries.

It’s a bookshop. If you go there, take a look at the book selection, which probably includes items you haven’t seen elsewhere. Don’t miss Mr Morioka’s own book Books on Japan 1931–1972 (日本の対外宣伝グラフ誌), a book that’s all in Japanese but is lavishly illustrated, about books and magazines for the export market.

That said, this is sad. Such an archive should instead have been kept together and sold to a library or museum.

From 21 January to 3 February both Place M and M2 will be devoted to Kurata Seiji‘s “Trans Asia, again”. And the great man will talk (in Japanese, of course) with Seto Masato there on the evening of 2 February. Numbers are limited, there’s a charge, a reservation is essential, and I expect that details will soon appear here.

I picked up my copy of Abe Jun’s Black and white note 2 (黒白ノート2) today, and yes it’s as good as it’s cracked up to be.


4 Comments on “little Watabe show and more”

  1. Atsushi Saito says:

    Hello, Happy new year! today is last day of exhibition in Morioka Shoten.
    not so many prints, but every prints is brilliant.

  2. Atsushi Saito says:

    It’s good list! You know well than me about Japanese photobook.
    I missed to buy Issei Suda’s Fushikaden at reasonable price,,,


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