When nature meets people, people meet culture, and people meet each other, an emotional story unfolds. The camera has the power to capture moments like these and make us remember them forever. Photography helps us celebrate people, compliment nature and reaches even beyond the most beautiful words of a poet.
We, the people of Higashikawa, are blessed with four seasons in which to capture this beauty. Seasonal plants and animals, majestic nature, and breathtaking scenery all help us enter a different world which we have inherited from our ancestors. We believe that our duty is to protect this rich and beautiful land and share it with the world through photography. Therefore, here and now, we would like to declare Higashikawa the Town of Photography.
June 1 1985, Higashikawa, Kamikawa, Hokkaido
Japan has been facing two opposite tendencies – a population decrease and overpopulation at the same time. In order to become a strong and decentralized multipolar society, Higashikawa is aiming to develop the local culture of photography.
Higashikawa is a place of just the right size, where:
The purpose is to become the center of photo culture and link photography and people across the world, keeping in mind our motto “Take a picture, Save the picture, Share it with others”.
In 1985, we declared Higashikawa the Town of Photography, where emotion is born through nature meeting people; people meeting culture; and people meeting each other, and since then we have been promoting Higashikawa through photo culture. Over the last 30 years, it has been a great honor to contribute to the culture of photography.
We hope that through the culture of photography we can make Higashikawa a place to gather photography of the world, meet people from across the world, and see smiling faces from around the world.
We can be proud that Higashikawa, a place of delicious water, fresh air, and rich land, has a 30 year-long history of photo culture. Celebrating 120 years of resource development of our land, we hope to make Higashikawa a place of balance and harmony. Keeping in mind our motto “Take a picture, Save the picture, Share it with others” and with the determination to link photography and people across the world, we declare Higashikawa the Culture Capital of Photography.