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Journalist by trade, Christian Riou had the opportunity to live in Tokyo for two years, while working for NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster. While travelling the country on reporting duty or in his free time, Christian observed a modern society still very much attached to its traditions. His photographs can be seen as a study in contrasts, from the simplicity of Japanese aesthetics to
the ostentatious displays of neon signs in cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.
The Japanese are not camera shy and, in most cases, were more than willing to be photographed during ceremonies such as coming-of-age and weddings, wearing their most elaborate kimonos. However, most photographs of this exhibition depict natural and traditional scenes that have a straightforward yet more powerful meaning.
“Living in Japan for two years allowed
me to experience all four seasons and photograph unique moments, such as a sunrise seen from atop Mount Fuji or the blossoming of cherry trees, moments that make Japan a truly fascinating country.”