Japan

Photos documenting Japan’s underground subcultures
Photography

Photos documenting Japan’s underground subcultures

From the Yakuza to a biker youth gang known as the Bosozoku, Bruce Gilden recounts capturing Tokyo and Osaka in the ‘90s.

Written by: Isaac Muk

Documenting the tradition of Japan’s female pearl divers
Culture

Documenting the tradition of Japan’s female pearl divers

The ama — Photographer Stefan Dotter recalls travelling to the city of Toba to capture a community of women who are among the very few keeping an ancient deep-sea diving custom alive.

Written by: Huck

Inside the soaring Pokémon trade fuelled by lockdown
Culture

Inside the soaring Pokémon trade fuelled by lockdown

Gotta Catch Em’ All — With the pandemic triggering widespread nostalgia, many have found themselves returning to childhood favourites like Pokémon, which turned 25 this year. And now, card traders are raking in hundreds of thousands by capitalising on the growing demand.

Written by: Gunseli Yalcinkaya

The dystopian megacities of anime architecture
Culture

The dystopian megacities of anime architecture

Brave new world — A new book celebrating the creative process behind Japan's animated cityscapes offers both architectural escapism and bold imaginings of a near future.

Written by: Gunseli Yalcinkaya

Kai Fusayoshi reflects on a life shooting the streets of Kyoto
Photography

Kai Fusayoshi reflects on a life shooting the streets of Kyoto

In his own words — After a fire destroyed his life's work, Japanese photographer Kai Fusayoshi was ready to give up. Now a new exhibition of his remaining work has him reflecting on the happier times and his incredible career.

Written by: Kai Fusayoshi (as told to Marigold Warner)

Gritty images of everyday life on the streets of Tokyo
Culture

Gritty images of everyday life on the streets of Tokyo

Unexpected beauty — Photographer Tatsuo Suzuki discusses his compelling portraits of contemporary Tokyo, and finding fascination and tensions in the mundane.

Written by: Miss Rosen

A humorous look at Japanese family life, in photos
Magazine

A humorous look at Japanese family life, in photos

No place like home — For over a decade, photographer Motoyuki Daifu has been documenting the lives of his loved ones, seeking out quiet moments of magic among the mundane.

Written by: Motoyuki Daifu

An outsider’s take on 21st century Japan
Photography

An outsider’s take on 21st century Japan

Independent Mysteries — Since first visiting as a tourist, photographer Michael Magers has been enchanted by Japan. His new book collates work from the past eight years, in which he‘s captured a country bursting with ‘endless possibility’.

Written by: Huck

The extraordinary rise of Japan's unlikely tattoo hero
Culture

The extraordinary rise of Japan's unlikely tattoo hero

The art of intimacy — Horiren 1st is one of the world’s most sought-after tattoo artists, celebrated for keeping the ancient Japanese method of Tebori alive. But in a country where body art is considered taboo, her journey to the top hasn’t been easy.

Written by: Michael Magers

Up close and personal with the women of the Yakuza
Photography

Up close and personal with the women of the Yakuza

Partners in crime — For her series I give you my life (命預けます), photographer Chloé Jafé infiltrated the infamous Japanese crime syndicate, capturing the often overlooked lives of Yakuza wives.

Written by: Eva Clifford

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