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Byodo-in Temple Houou-do (Phoenix Hall) at sunset by Ken Domon, 1961 ©Domon Ken Photo Institute

"Discover the charms of World Cultural Heritages of Japan”

photographs speak of the history of Japan
FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo Exhibition

Jul 1 - Jul 20, 2021



3 highlights

  • Learn the course of Japan's history from 19 World Cultural Heritage Sites (available in Japanese and English)
  • Rediscover the unique beauty and culture nurtured by rich nature and climate of the Japanese Archipelago
  • Feel as if you are traveling with dynamic and beautiful printing

About the exhibition

FUJIFILM SQUARE is holding an exhibition titled "Discover the charms of World Cultural Heritages of Japan -- photographs speak of the history of Japan" from Thursday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

There are 23 World Heritage Sites in Japan now. Nineteen of them are registered as cultural heritage sites and most of them remain as structures symbolizing historical periods and backgrounds of the history of Japan.

Covering all 19 sites and featuring some of the most characteristic cultural heritages of Japan, the exhibition introduces and provides an overview of the history of the country. The exhibition includes refined works of brilliant photographers who observe and capture the beauty and culture such as Ken Domon (1909-1990), a prominent figure of Japanese photography, Taikichi Irie (1905-1992), who established the image of Nara Yamato-ji, Yoshio Watanabe (1907-2000), the most prominent architectural photographer, Moh Nishikawa (1925-2012), who sharply captures the beauty of Japanese form, Katsuhiko Mizuno (1941-), who has continued to photograph scenery of Kyoto such as ancient temples and shrines over half a century, Yoshimitsu Nagasaka (1948-), who was born and raised in Mt. Koya and takes photographs focusing on mountain religions, Kazuyoshi Miyoshi (1958-), who travels around the world with the theme of "paradise" and photographs World Heritage Sites in Japan, and others.

The selected photos of World Heritage Sites will offer you a glimpse of the beauty and culture particular to Japan. You may also be able to rediscover the charms of the country by viewing photographs that capture the essence of historical events.

Examples of Japanese World Cultural Heritage Sites

Munakata and Okinoshima An island where ancient religious services rooted in nature worship from around the 4th centurystill remain.
Horyu-ji Temple The world's oldest wooden building constructed immediately after the introduction of Buddhism into Japan. The Buddhist structure is associated with Prince Shotoku.
Ancient city Nara A group of Buddhist architectural buildings indicating the connections of Japan with China and the Korean Peninsula around the time when the Ritsuryo system was established.
Ancient city Kyoto Ancient capital of Japan of the Heian era following transfer from Nara steeped in a millennium of history.
Itsukushima Shrine The main edifice in bright red that hands down the rise of the warrior class and the prosperity of the Taira family to the present.
Himeji-jo Castle Castle architecture with beautiful white walls which represents the time when the Shogunate system was established.
Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine Luxurious and splendid religious architecture where Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Edo Shogunate, is enshrined
Tomioka Silk Mill One of the world's largest silk-spinning factories during the period of modernization in the Meiji era
National Museum of Western Art An architectural structure designed by Le Corbusier, one of the 20th century's leading architects

Exhibition overview

Title FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo Exhibition
"Discover the charms of World Cultural Heritages of Japan -- photographs speak of the history of Japan"
Dates Jul 1 - Jul 20, 2021
Time 10:00 – 19:00 (closes at 16:00 on final day of exhibition; last entry: ten minutes before closing) open everyday throughout the exhibition
Venue Fujifilm Photo Salon Tokyo Space1, 2 and Mini Gallery, FUJIFILM SQUARE
Admission Free

*This exhibition is being held as a corporate MECENAT activity. We are pleased to announce that admission is free to enable more people to attend.

Number of works Approximately 60 works (planned)
Organized by FUJIFILM Corporation
Planning Crevis
Supported by

Japan's World Cultural Heritage Event Relay Executive Committee, Japan Cultural Heritage Regional Cooperative Association (a general incorporated association)
This exhibition is a Japan Cultural Expo participating project.


Minato City Board of Education

Exhibiting photographer 17 photographers (in random order, honorific title abbreviated)
Taikichi Irie, Yoshio Watanabe, Ken Domon, Moh Nishikawa, Shigeo Okamoto, Akisuke Shibata, Sadayuki Makino, Tsuneo Enari, Mitsumasa Fujitsuka, Katsuhiko Mizuno, Hitoshi Tamura, Shinya Fujiwara, Hiroaki Misawa, Hiroshi Suga, Mutsumi Ishibashi, Yoshimitsu Nagasaka, Kazuyoshi Miyoshi
Merchandise Photo collections related to this exhibition to be sold at the venue (published by Crevis)

*Please note that the exhibition and related events may be subject to change or cancelation due to unavoidable circumstances. Thank you for your kind understanding.

Programs relating to the Photo Exhibition

Online Movie Commemorating the Photo Exhibition
Narrated by Hiroyasu Kumakura, World Heritage Researcher

To commemorate the opening of the "Discover the Charms of the World Cultural Heritages of Japan: Photographs That Speak of the History of Japan" photo exhibition, FUJIFILM SQUARE is now showing a film of Hiroyasu Kumakura, Trustee of the Japan Cultural Heritage Regional Cooperative Association, talking about the highlights of the photo exhibition.
In the movie, Kumakura presents Japan's 19 World Heritage Sites as popular tourist spots along a timeline of Japanese history and goes on to elucidate the connections between World Heritages and SDGs. Watching the movie before touring the photo exhibition will give you more insight into the sites captured in the photos and put you in the mood to travel. And, if you cannot make it to the gallery, the movie can be watched online.

The movie is divided into two parts. The first part explains what World Heritages are and talks about 10 of Japan's World Heritage Sites, while the second part presents the other 9 World Heritage Sites in Japan and elucidates the connections between World Heritages and SDGs.
The movie presents beautiful landscapes and buildings along a timeline of Japanese history, which both history-buffs and the young and curious will find interesting and entertaining. It will also educate you on the importance of preserving World Heritages and how they are being incorporated into SDGs.


Hiroyasu Kumakura

Distribution of “Guide for the Exhibition’s Highlights” for elementary and junior high school students

World Cultural Heritage and SDGs -- toward sustainable development goals

SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are a collection of global goals adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for which the international community should take action by 2030. They include 17 goals and 169 targets related to poverty, correction of inequality and injustice, health, education, decent work, and climate and environment. With regard to measures related to this exhibition, Target 4 "Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world's cultural and natural heritage" is set under Goal 11 "Sustainable cities and communities." This goal requires activities to protect and pass down the generations the world's cultural heritages of historical importance that are in danger of damage and destruction. We hope that our exhibitions will serve as a starting point for you to think about world's cultural heritages and SDGs through the works of well-known photographers.

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Long-term Goal of FUJIFILM Group

International long-term targets such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs*1) and the Paris Agreement*2 have been announced recently in the drive to resolve social issues. Expectations concerning the role of companies as players in resolving social issues and building a sustainable society are especially increasing. In view of these developments, the SVP 2030 has set as its long-term goal for 2030 to contribute to achieving the goals for resolving global social issues set by SDGs, the Paris Agreement, etc.
Ten out of the 17 goals were recognized as goals that enable Fujifilm to make major contributions to achieving its SDGs. Concrete measures to achieve these goals were also defined.

*1 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals): A collection of global goals adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 that the international community should take action for by 2030 as social challenges. They contain 17 goals and 169 targets related to poverty, correction of inequality and injustice, health, education, decent work, and climate and environment.

*2 Paris Agreement: International, multilateral agreement on arresting climatic changes that was adopted by the 21st Session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 21) held in Paris in 2015. The Agreement calls for holding the global temperature rise to less than 2℃ over the level before the Industrial Revolution.

Fujifilm Photo Salon received the THIS IS MECENAT 2020 certificate by the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts as an act of creating society through art and cultural promotion.