June 18-July 18
In the early 1900s, thousands of Japanese hoping to escape poverty, emigrated to Brazil. Photographer Haruo Ohara, who was among those seeking to make money overseas, became a farm laborer in Sao Paulo. He first started taking photos as a hobby but gradually became more involved while documenting his family and fellow immigrants.
This exhibition reveals much about the everyday lives of Japanese in Brazil, depicting what they wore and the kind of work they found, such as tending to fields and drying coffee beans in gardens. Though the labor was demanding and living conditions were poor, Ohara focused on the positive moments of life, especially those of his own children.
Itami City Museum of Art; 2-5-20 Miyamomae, Itami, Hyogo. Itami Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥700. Closed Mon. 072-772-7447; www.artmuseum-itami.jp
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