The People by Kishin in Yokohama

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His 'La Maison de Rendez-Vous' at the Hara Museum was one of the most discussed exhibitions in Tokyo this autumn, but veteran photographer Kishin Shinoyama is already plotting his next move: in January, the Tokyo-born snapper brings his long-running 'The People' show to Yokohama. Covering a wide swathe of Shinoyama's five-decade career, it sees images divided into five categories: portraits of celebrities both living (Stars) and dead (God), theatrical 'dream worlds' (Spectacle), eroticism (Body) and a recent series taken after the March 11 disaster in Tohoku (Accidents). The 120-odd pictures on display also serve as a drive-by tour of Japanese public life, with famous figures from the worlds of culture both high (Yukio Mishima, kabuki actors) and low (AKB48), while also including shots of global icons such as John Lennon. For the Yokohama edition, Shinoyama has added a couple of local stars as well; look out for depictions of actress Mitsuko Kusabue, pop duo Yuzu and company.

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Go to this wonderful exhibition. The photos are huge and you can spend ages looking at the detail. Following on from this, you'll then come across a very fascinating collection of photos of Japan from the 1920s up to the 80s  by various other folk, which was so thought-provoking and an interesting look into snippets of life from almost 100-years ago covered with black and white photos.