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A photographer devoting his life to take photos.
  • Giuseppe
    Giuseppe
    itaCaptivated by the "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" of Hiroshige Utagawa.
    A photographer with 10 years of his career who takes photos at Milan Fashion Week as well. He is devoting his life to his personal colossal project "Tokyo Hyaku".

A photographer devoting his life to take photos.

  • A handsome Italian photographer.

    A handsome Italian photographer.

    A handsome Italian Giuseppe is in Japan to take photos for his project "Tokyo Hyaku" and has been here 4 times already for this project. He has a 10-year career and normally takes photos at fashion events such as Milan Fashion Week.


    What is "Tokyo Hyaku"?

    What is

    "Tokyo Hyaku" project was started by Giuseppe, inspired by the "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" of Hiroshige Utagawa. He has devoted his life to this project, and in this project each photo is taken at locations that match the views and meanings of Hiroshige Utagawa's prints. Once all 119 photos have been taken there will be a exhibition held in Japan.


    What is the "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo"?

    What is the

    The "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" is a series of 119 ukiyo-e prints largely completed by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige Utagawa. In this series famous locations of Edo are printed with innovative compositions that use a wide range of perspectives, such as ways of placing close-up views and distant views.


    Create a dialogue using the topics of the original prints.

    Create a dialogue using the topics of the original prints.

    On the first day of the shooting Giuseppe chose the "Kiyosubashi" over Sumida river as location for the print "No. 68, Mitsumata Wakarenofuchi" with the images of Mt. Fuji and Sumida river, but Mt. Fuji isn't visible from there… Instead he decided to have the Skytree in the photo to express the height.


    A good photo is taken by a great idea.

    A good photo is taken by a great idea.

    For the next print "No. 33, Towboats Along the Yotsugi-dōri Canal" Giuseppe is headed to Nihonbashi for a photo to express the image with boats towed from the bank. His idea is to take a photo of a highway that runs over Nihonbashi from a top of a building that could express the similar atmosphere.


    Mystical ukiyo-e.

    Mystical ukiyo-e.

    The next destination is Oji, the location of "No. 119, Kitsunebi on New Year's Night under the Enoki Tree near Ōji". The image expresses the tradition of the Edo era showing the foxes with fire gathered under a tree.


    Are there foxes in Tokyo!?

    Are there foxes in Tokyo!?

    If you ask someone in Tokyo if there are foxes exist in the city the answer would be "No", but in Oji there is a festival "Kitsune (fox) no gyoretsu" held every year! It started 24 years ago based on Hiroshige's print.


    A good photo is taken!!

    A good photo is taken!!

    The photo is really well expressing the people at the festival gathered around the fire to escape from coldness, the "No. 119, Kitsunebi on New Year's Night under the Enoki Tree near Ōji" ukiyo-e!! Giuseppe is headed back home leaving 15 more photos take till he reaches his goal of 119 photos. His colossal project to be continued...