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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Special exhibition on the 120th anniversary of Ryukyu Shimpo; 42 tumultuous years in Okinawa, as seen through the eyes of photojournalists’

NEWSPARK, JAPAN NEWSPAPER MUSEUM

by Marie Omata

Staff Writer

Hiroaki Yamashiro, three-time winner of the Kyushu-Okinawa photojournalist association award, has been documenting Okinawa’s history, its vanishing culture and rare aspects of its nature for more than 40 years.

To commemorate Okinawa’s Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper’s 120th anniversary, this exhibition presents 200 photographs that Yamashiro took for the paper. His images offer an insight into Okinawan life, illustrating endangered species unique to the island such as the Iriomote Cat, lesser-known traditions such as the Hajichi hand tattoos of women, and the island’s role in housing a U.S. military base station; June 22-Aug 18.

Newspark, Japan Newspaper Museum; 045-661-2040; Yokohama Media and Communications Center, 11 Nihon Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa; Nihon Odori Station, Minatomirai Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥500. Closed Mon. (except July 15), July 16. newspark.jp/newspark