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11 mars 2016 5 11 /03 /mars /2016 07:17

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The Renovated Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library

Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library has changed from an ordinary library where visitors check out books and study materials, into one that creates and shares culture. In spring this year, as the first event of the transformed library, a special exhibition, “Looking Back on Good Old Osaka in Maps and Photos,” will be held. The exhibition includes maps and photographs from Nakanoshima Library’s collection, such as “The Mock Painted Picture of the Great Osaka,” a bird’s-eye picture of Osaka City drawn in 1929; Semba Fukugen Chizu, a restored map of the area near Semba elementary school around 1935; “Townscape Midosuji,” a brightly colored illustration of Midosuji drawn in 1984; Midosuji Emaki, a picture scroll depicting scenery along Midosuji, in 1991. Data concerning Nakanoshima Library since its opening in 1904, railroad guides (mostly prewar) in the Kansai region, and picture cards with street scenes, will also be displayed. Please enjoy the exhibition that will familiarize you with the history of Osaka.

The opening ceremony will be held on April 1, with Mozuyan, Osaka Prefecture’s vice-governor character in charge of public relations, in attendance. Guided library tours will help visitors feel the charms of modern architecture in the 112-year-old Nakanoshima Library building, which has been designated an important cultural property. Please take this opportunity to get a feeling for the history of Nakanoshima Library and the culture in those days.

Nakanoshima Library is pleased to start providing cultural information in a new perspective starting on April 1, 2016.

[ Special Exhibition ]
Period and Hours: Fri, April 1 – Sat, April 30
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Venue: Exhibition room (3rd floor of Nakanoshima Library)

[ Opening Ceremony ]
Date and Times: Fri, April 1, 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Venue: Nakanoshima Library

[ Guided Library Tours ]
Date and Times: Fri, April 1, 11:00 a.m. / 1:15 p.m. / 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Nakanoshima Library
* 15 guests maximum for each guided tour, on a first-come-first-served basis on the day

1-2-10 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City
Contact : Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library Phone or E-mail +81-6-6203-0474

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29 décembre 2014 1 29 /12 /décembre /2014 15:42

MASARU GOTO PHOTOGRAPHY - NIHON-JIN, BURAKU-MIN: Portraits of Japan’s outcast people


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29 novembre 2014 6 29 /11 /novembre /2014 06:39

Le site web du Time propose une sélection des livres de photographes qui ont marqué 2014. Parmi ceux-ci, on trouve un livre que peu de personnes pourront voir ou acheter comme il n’en existe que 45 exemplaires, tous déjà vendus : Kazuma Obara, Silent histories.



Obara y parle des victimes des bombardements aériens d’Osaka par les troupes américaines, en 1945 et des préjugés, de la discrimination, au travail notamment, et de l’indifférence dont elles ont souffert, en particulier de l’absence d’aide du gouvernement japonais.


Le livre mêle interviews, photos et documents d’époque et portraits photographiques récents des personnes qui racontent leur vie et leurs souffrances.


Obara est surtout connu, notamment en France, pour son travail photographique et ses reportages sur la catastrophe nucléaire de Fukushima.


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12 septembre 2014 5 12 /09 /septembre /2014 04:35
Pleine lune sur le Abeno Harukas

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8 juillet 2014 2 08 /07 /juillet /2014 02:33

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Osaka police use rippling abs as a recruiting tool

2:00 pm, July 07, 2014

By Keiichi Kodama / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterOSAKA—Using recruitment posters bearing a photo of a police officer with six-pack abs and a macho catchphrase, the Osaka prefectural police have succeeded in attracting many applicants to a new program that emphasizes capabilities and skills in various fields.

The first round of the new employment program, which started in April, attracted six times the number of applicants required.

Applications are accepted twice a year. The prefectural police plan to hire about 520 people for the first screening process of the year. About 10 percent of these people will be chosen from among the applicants for the new program. Applicants for the new program were required to submit a self-recommendation essay that includes their achievements or abilities and can receive extra points during the screening process.

The poster bore a photo focused on the well-tempered abdominal muscles of a police officer wearing a judo uniform. The poster included a phrase reading “Soshokukei yori Osaka Fukei” (Osaka prefectural police over herbivorous men), a rhyme that appears to emphasize strength.

The poster was well received by students, who said it was unforgettable. Many applicants decided to apply after seeing the poster.

As a result, police received about 300 applications for the roughly 50 posts set aside for the new program. About 80 percent of the applicants stressed their achievements in sports events. Many of them have participated in national meets in baseball, soccer, rugby and other sports. Some of them were on teams that won national championships or belonged to professional teams.

A secondary exam including interviews and physical strength tests has been concluded, with results to be announced early August.

According to police, the new program is not intended only for sports-oriented people but also those who have other capabilities, stamina and good communication skills in various fields. Police expect people employed through the new program will work well in door-to-door investigations and the interrogation of suspects.

Authorities are therefore seeking to accept applications of people who are extremely skilled in various fields, such as company employees who performed well in sales or individuals with conversation skills.

Applications are now being accepted until Aug. 6 for about 350 posts for the second screening process of the year. Of them, about 35 will be selected for the special program, which will accept applications until July 14.

The design of the poster for the second round tones down the masculinity. Instead it bears the image of a police officer in a uniform inscribed with two large letters reading “Honki” (seriousness).

“The work of police officers is hard. We made this poster to attract applicants who sincerely want to devote themselves to protecting citizens in the prefecture. So we hope not only sports-oriented people but also people in various fields will apply,” a police official in charge said.

Courtesy of Osaka prefectural police

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20 avril 2014 7 20 /04 /avril /2014 02:53

L’Institut Nanzan pour la religion et la culture (南山宗教文化研究所) a mis en ligne un dossier de photographies liées aux pratiques religieuses au Japon : Photo Archive on Japanese Religions.

Pour Osaka,c’est par ici (attention, je ne sais pas pourquoi, Ikoma est systématiquement lié à Osaka, alors que la ville fait partie de la Préfecture de Nara).

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19 avril 2014 6 19 /04 /avril /2014 09:51

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The ubiquity of Shinto shrines is indicated here by this tiny shrine at the side of a house in Makino, Hirakata, Osaka prefecture, complete with offerings and hiding behind a crate of beer. Either the deity or the house owner seems to favour Kirin beer.


Ian Reader


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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 11:50
Photo du jour: orphelinat en 1951

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Dining room of an orphanage in Osaka, Japan, on February 19, 1951 where the 160 orphans were fed each day on food purchased by the Wolfhounds, the 27th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle)

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