After the Bomb, Hiroshima.

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One morning in August 1945, I was walking home from the night shift at a factory in Hiroshima.
As I reached my door, there was a huge explosion.
When I came to, my head was bleeding and I had been blasted 30m away. The atomic bomb had detonated.
When I found my mother, her eyes were badly burned.
A doctor said they had to come out, but he didn’t have the proper tools so used a knife instead.
It was hellish. I became a peace-worker after the war.
In the 1960s, at a meeting at the UN, I met one of the people who created the atomic bomb.
He apologised.
Read on and see more via ‘The Hiroshima bomb detonated 3km from my house’: veterans around the globe tell their extraordinary war stories | Art and design | The Guardian.

Frozen Diamond Dust, Nagano-ken.

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A picture taken in Nagano-ken, Japan, at an altitude of about 1,700 metres.
Diamond dust can be seen on only a few occasions in this part of the country during the cold season.
Image Credit: Photograph by Masayasu Sakuma
Source: Sony world photography awards 2017 shortlist | Art and design | The Guardian

The Sadness of ‘Drunkard’s Heaven.’

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Photos of Japanese men passed-out on their way home from nomikai social functions, an important part of corporate culture in Japan designed to bring colleagues closer together.
Workers are often paid a specific allowance to make sure they have no excuses for not attending which leads many businessmen to drink to excess. Japanese custom dictates that you must never turn down the offer of a drink from your boss.
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My photographs are a record of the people who have reached their limit and exhausted their strength after the daily grind.
Everyone has different burdens, but everyone lives at a frantic pace.
People drink with friends as a reward for the hard day’s work and face a new day’s work like warriors.
A lot of people struggle through such work situations. I took these pictures with a true feeling of respect for the people in them.
I don’t believe the state my subjects are in is shabby in any way.
I can feel they have experienced hardships and fatigue to end up like this.
See and read more via Drunkard’s Heaven: Photos by Kenji Kawamoto – Faith is Torment.

Black & White Images by Jim Mikami.

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Incredible black and white architectural photography bathes Japan in a darker light by Jin Mikami.
by Katy Cowan
There is very little known about Japanese photographer Jin Mikami.
Only that he creates the most stunning black and white architectural photography of his beloved home country, Japan.
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Exploring places such as Tokyo and Osaka – he picks out the symmetrical details and interesting forms of the usually neon-bright, colourful city streets, and bathes them in a darker light.
Playing with light and shadow, these incredible photographs force us to reconsider the shapes and forms that lie before us.
You can discover more of his incredible work over on 500px.com.
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Wooded bliss, the beauty of trees.

Yoko Ikeda and Toshio Shibata both photograph nature – but from very different viewpoints. Their striking, breathtaking landscapes collide in the new exhibition Treescapes.

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Born in Kanazawa in central Japan in 1965, Yoko Ikeda now lives and works in Tokyo. Treescapes, from which these images are taken, is at the Laurence Miller Gallery, New York.
Image Credit: Photograph by Yoko Ikeda.

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Toshio Shibata was born in Tokyo in 1949 and studied painting at what was then the city’s National University of Fine Arts and Music (now Tokyo University of the Arts).
He left Japan to study at Royal Academy in Ghent, Belgium, where he began to take landscape photographs.
Saga is in southern Japan, near Nagasaki
Image Credit Photograph by Toshio Shibata
Source: Wooded bliss: the beauty of trees – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

People in Tiny Rooms, Tokyo.

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Kim stumbled across the hotel when backpacking across Japan, and returned two years later to photograph it.
He lived there for several months, befriending residents and photographing the small, womb-like spaces that they call home.

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The entire hotel is located on a single floor of an office building in north-east Tokyo. Some of the residents are short-term visitors while others, says Kim, are essentially permanent residents.
“For me, the real interest of the resulting portraits is in how each resident has made use of a such a small, confining space,” Kim writes. “In each case, the sharply-defined space and its contents tell something about its occupant’s personality, and his or her ability to function in such a strange, enclosed environment.
See more Images via Shocking Pics Of People Living In Incredibly Tiny Rooms In Japan | Bored Panda