The exhibition “Stream of Consciousness” at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is an extremely successful representation of contemporary Japanese photographic art. It combines some of the salient aspects of Japanese culture with the aesthetically formal, yet emotive imagery that is indicative of what gives photography in Japan its particular flavor.

The images are courtly, precise and elegant. A few hours after seeing the exhibition, while talking to a Tokyo University of Arts Ph.D candidate, I was wondering what kind of person the artist could be, when an charmingly schlubby guy in sweat shirt and pants with a worn-out Chiquita-banana-branded shopping bag over his shoulder quietly shuffled into the modest venue we were in and apologized to the student for not answering his emails.

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