Iwago Mitsuaki has visited places all over the world to take pictures of wild animals and nature as part of his theme of ‘the connections of life’. As the first Japanese photographer to grace the cover of National Geographic not once but twice he is highly esteemed for his work both at home and abroad, and is one of the world’s most famous animal photographers.
Though he has spent his years photographing nature and the animals living within it, as of 1998 Mr. Iwago began focusing on cats among the 47 prefectures of Japan. His photos are encounters with cats as they are, taken amid the specific scenery and lighting of each location. Mr. Iwago says he feels that cats in big cities where people move hurriedly are also urgent in their movements, while cats living where people are more calm are also quite laid-back. Also, that the way cats look changes depending on the city they live in.
This exhibit is comprised of 104 pieces, featuring the diverse expressions of cats living in the ‘pottery city’, their encounters with humans, and the local environment. Though Kasama is a ‘pottery town’ that has endured much damage at the hands of the Great Earthquake, there are even pieces from before the earthquake.
Period: April 12th to June 24th
Hours: 9:30am to 5pm (last entry at 4:30, closed on Mondays)
Location: Kasama Nichido Museum
Admission: Adults 1000yen, University/high school 700yen, Junior high/elementary 500yen
**I visited this exhibit two weeks ago and it was really well done. In addition the regular collection at the museum is a fantastic kaleidoscope of the who’s who of modern and contemporary art (picasso, warhol, etc) so I highly recommend taking the trip!**