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Mitsuhiko Imamori

As photographer, he travels around Japan to explore traditional Japanese rural environments called Satoyama; a place where people live in harmony with the nature.

March 16, 2015 (Mon)

Spring Has Come

The time of year when we can finally feel the warmth of the sun’s rays has arrived. Looking at the surrounding thickets of trees it still seems like winter, but if you look closely at the branches, the buds that have slept through winter are getting fatter. The furry scale encrusted coverings around the buds of the sawtooth oak have started to loosen, and tiny cream-colored young leaves are beginning to poke their faces out from the center. The ryobu (Clethra barbinervis or Japanese Clethra), ever impatient, has already sprouted leaves the size of the nail on your little finger. When the light shines through them, they sparkle a beautiful shade of yellow-green. Explore a bit more diligently and you can even find trees with flowers already in bloom. 

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ryobu

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March 13, 2015 (Fri)

A Letter from Satoyama*

Hello everyone,

My name is Mitsuhiko Imamori and I’m a photographer. My studio is located in Shiga Prefecture on the outskirts of Otsu City, in a place called Ogi. It’s already been some 30 years since I began my professional career shooting rural landscapes around Lake Biwa. Since those early days, I’ve made many discoveries, had many moving encounters, and been genuinely awestruck by the profound depth of nature’s majesty. To tell the truth, the idea behind taking photographs with the “satoyama” theme began in the terraced rice fields of Ogi. That is to say, this place is where my understanding of the true meaning of satoyama was formed.

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The rural landscape north of my studio, in winter it’s often a snowscape.The rural landscape north of my studio, in winter it’s often a snowscape.

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