Ishikawa Naoki Exhibition [island≒mountain]

Ishikawa Naoki Exhibition [island≒mountain]

With an interested in cultural anthropology and folklore, Ishikawa Naoki has widely traveled Japan and the world, exploring its frontiers and cities and presenting his works along the way.

“Looking at archipelagos from above, I’ve come to see the land we call ‘islands’ as mountains whose faces protrude from the sea. In the past, a famous Japanese folklorist by the name of  Yanagita Kunio focused on the resemblance between mountains and islands. He said, ‘They’re similar not only in their geographic circumstances but also with regard to the nature of people’s lives in these locations.’ Islands, where land and sea are in contact with one another, are fundamentally mountains. And mountains are essentially islands as well.”

This exhibit starts out as a reflection upon these matters. Through Ishikawa’s photographs, we take another look at the islands that spread from Kagoshima to Asia, islands Ishikawa has been interested in since he was a teenager.


■Opening Ceremony & Artist Talk Event : October 4th (Fri) 14:00

■Artist Talk Event : October 5th (Sat) 14:00

■Artist Talk Event & Autograph Session : October 14th (Mon) 14:00

■Ishikawa Naoki & Ito Toshiharu Talk Event : November 23rd (Sat) 14:30

■Gallery Talks : October 13th (Sun), 27th (Sun),November 4th (Mon), and 17th (Sun) all talks begin at 14:00.

■Various books and goods are also for sale.

【Sponsor】Kagoshima Prefectural Cultural Foundation / Minami-Nippon Shimbun Co., Ltd. / Minaminihon Broadcasting Co., Ltd.

【Cooperation】Reimeikan Museum / Yusui Town / Kirishima-sanroku Yusui Town Tourism Association / DAIICHI KOTSU SANGYO Co., Ltd.

【Planning Support】Nakahara Takashi (DENBAK-FANO DESIGN) / MINA TABEI DESIGN




《Iwo Jima》(2013)

《Iwo Jima》(2013)


* Click here for the exhibition flyer


Kirishima Open-Air Museum Art Hall
Holding period
2019/10/04 〜 2019/12/01
Closed on Mondays.(except when Monday is a national holiday, in which case the museum is closed on Tuesday.)
Viewing time
9:00-17:00 (last entry : 16:30)
Admission fee
General Public : ¥800 (¥600) / High School・University Students : ¥600 (¥400) / Elementary・Middle School Students : ¥400 (¥300)*Figures in parentheses are admission fees for pre-purchasing and groups of 20 or more.



Ishikawa Naoki
Born in Tokyo, 1977. Photographer. PhD in Art Research from Tokyo University of the Arts. Recipient of the Newcomer’s Award from The Photographic Society of Japan and the 39th Kodansha Publication Culture Award for Photography for New Dimension (AKAAKA Art Publishing) and POLAR (Little More), and the Domon Ken Award for CORONA (Seidosha), The Kaiko Takeshi Nonfiction Award for Saigo no Bokenka (The Last Adventurer) (Shueisha), and multiple other awards. Recent publications include the essay “Kyokuhoku he” (Into the Far North) (Mainichibooks), AmaDablam (SLANT) the 6th in a series of photography books about the Himalayas, and Kono Hoshi no Hikari no Chizu wo utsusu (Little More). Currently working on a 47-prefecture photography project, Nihon Retto project (SUPER LABOxBEAMS), and acting Ambassador for the Amami Islands.