Kazuma Obara

ECHO of 2011: 5 Exhibitions

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Curator: Marina Amada

Nijo-jo Castle Ninomaru Palace Daidokoro Kitchen and Okiyodokoro Kitchen
[Open from 9/23 (Thursday/Public Holiday)]
9:30–17:00 | Closed: 9/18-22, 29, 10/6, 13
* Entrance to Nijo-jo Castle is open until 16:00

Adult ¥1,400
Students ¥1,000 (Please present your student ID)

* To avoid congestion at the reception desk during the state of emergency, it will not be possible to purchase KYOTOGRAPHIE at Nijo-jo Castle.
Please make sure to purchase your passport ticket or exhibition ticket for Nijo-jo Castle in advance on the ticket page or at the KYOTOGRAPHIE Information Lounge (Sanjo Ryogae-cho Building) . Exhibition tickets for Nijo-jo Castle will be available to purchase online from 19th September.

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Nijo-jo Castle Exhibition opening dates and information for visitors

* [For visitors in wheelchairs] The staircase at the exhibition space entrance is dangerous to access in a wheelchair.

* The bicycle parking lot at Nijo-jo Castle (next to Nijojo-mae station) is closed during the state of emergency. The closest available bicycle parking lots are located near Nijo Station or Karasuma-Oike Station.

Ten years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011. These events and the subsequent nuclear disaster are still affecting Japan today. People are struggling to recover and many of the challenges they faced are unabating. These five exhibitions share some of the important stories about and coming from this tragedy.

Kazuma Obara, no title, 2012 ©️ Kazuma Obara

Kazuma Obara, no title, 2011 ©️ Kazuma Obara

Kazuma Obara, Fill in the blanks, 2020 ©️ Kazuma Obara / National Geographic Society Covid-19 Emergency Fund

Born in Iwate Prefecture in 1985. Photographer and journalist. Obara graduated in photojournalism from University of the Arts, London. Following the Great East Japan earthquake in March 2011, he quit his job at a leasing company and began photographing areas affected by the tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. He photographed the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi Power Plant from the inside, culminating in the publication of the photobook Reset: Beyond Fukushima (Zürich: Lars Müller Publishers, 2012), which documented the Great East Japan earthquake and workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.
He has won numerous international awards, including the World Press Photo Award. In 2020, with a grant from the National Geographic Society of the United States, He started to document the efforts of nurses and caregivers working on the front lines of the corona pandemic. In KYOTOGRAPHIE 2021, two series will be exhibited, one that follows Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant workers in charge of decommissioning the plant, and the other focusing on medical and long-term care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Nijo-jo Castle
541, Nijojo-cho, Nijo-dori Horikawa Nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Subway Tozai Line “Nijojo-mae” station. 5 min on foot from Exit 1

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