Nikon Museum holds uniquely themed special exhibitions and events relating to Nikon products and businesses.
Special Exhibition “Rokuro Yoshida Photo Exhibition — Snow Crystals”
Dates: January 7, 2019 (Mon) – March 30, 2019 (Sat)
Nikon Museum will hold the “Rokuro Yoshida Photo Exhibition — Snow Crystals” from January 7 to March 30, 2019.
Rokuro Yoshida was a photographer and film director born in 1919, exactly 100 years ago, in Hiraka-gun (now Yokote city), Akita. He is known as the inventor of the “single light source, dual-color illumination method”, which is the origin of the blue background often used to shoot photographs of snow crystals today.
This is the first full- scale retrospective exhibition of Rokuro Yoshida, and is based around 60 microscope images photographed by him, as well as explanations of his photographic system. In addition, the digital version of the “Observation of Snow and Crystals” movie will be screened. It is the first movie in which snow crystals have been shot using a microscope with a blue background. With these exhibits, we present the “big picture” of Rokuro Yoshida's snow crystal photos.
The selection and arrangement of the exhibited items are supervised by Mr. Akifumi Yoshida, grandson of Rokuro Yoshida.
Rokuro Yoshida was born in 1919 at Jumonji-machi, Hiraka-gun (now Yokote city) in Akita. During the filming of “Observation of Snow and Crystals” (1960), he developed the “single light source, dual-color illumination method”, which is the standard illumination method for shooting snow crystals in color today. In 1970, he decided that taking photos of snow crystals would be his life's work. He took thousands of photos throughout his life, and died on December 1, 1995. He published many books, including a photo book “Letters from Heaven”, a postcard book “Snow Crystals” and a picture book “Kira-Kira” (words: Shuntaro Tanigawa).
|Exhibits||60 photos of snow crystals
Movie “Observation of Snow and Crystals” (1960, Toei)
Commentary panels explaining the formation and classification of snow crystals, etc.
Large photo panels
|Arrangement||Mr. Akifumi Yoshida|
The Nakaya Ukichiro Foundation
The Ukichiro Nakaya Museum of Snow And Ice
Dr. Akira Yamashita, Emeritus Professor of Osaka Kyoiku University
The late Dr. Keiji Higuchi, Emeritus Professor of Nagoya University, and his family
New Movie at the Museum Theater — “Sunflower Satsuma Ferry and Nikon Binoculars”
Screening from December 10, 2018 (Mon)
Nikon will begin screening a new movie, “Sunflower Satsuma Ferry and Nikon Binoculars”, at Nikon Museum’s theater from December 10, 2018.
For this movie, we interviewed the captain of a large ferry called Sunflower Satsuma. The ferry is 192 m long and weighs 13,000 t. It cruises between Osaka and Shibushi in Kagoshima. The movie shows the pressure the captain is under, being responsible for 700 passengers, the difficulties of cruising at sea, and the joy of being a sailor, while also introducing the Nikon 7×50IF SP WP and 20×120 III binoculars that help ensure safe and comfortable large ferry cruises.
- *Satsuma: the name of a former domain in Japan, located in what is now the eastern part of Kagoshima prefecture.
- *This is the second episode of Nikon Museum’s “Professionals & Nikon — Nikon, supporting the craftspeople” original movie series, which focuses on skilled professionals and the Nikon products that support their work.
|Additional movie||Professionals & Nikon — Nikon, supporting the craftspeople ②
Sunflower Satsuma Ferry and Nikon Binoculars
|Cooperation||Ferry Sunflower Limited|
New Movie at the Museum Theater — “Watchmaker at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio — Nikon Stereo Microscope SM-5”
Screening from November 1, 2018 (Thu)
Nikon will begin screening the new movie series “Professionals & Nikon — Nikon, supporting the craftspeople”. The first episode, “Watchmaker at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio — Nikon Stereo Microscope SM-5” will be screened at the Nikon Museum’s theater from November 1, 2018.
The series focuses on skilled professionals and the Nikon products that support their work. The movies in the series will be released sequentially and cover a variety of fields where Nikon products such as stereo microscopes, binoculars and measuring instruments play vital roles.
For the first movie, we interviewed a watchmaker who produces high-grade mechanical watches such as the Grand Seiko. The movie explains the elaborate assembly and adjustment necessary to produce such highly precise instruments, and introduces the Nikon Stereo Microscope SM-5 that has for many years been a vital element in this production process.
|Additional movie||Professionals & Nikon — Nikon, supporting the craftspeople ①
Watchmaker at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio — Nikon Stereo Microscope SM-5
|Cooperation||Seiko Instruments Inc.
Morioka Seiko Instruments Inc.
Special Exhibition “Prototype Lenses — Fascinating Images Captured by the Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Camera”
Dates: October 2, 2018 (Tue) – December 27, 2018 (Thu)
Nikon Museum will hold a special exhibition entitled “Prototype Lenses — Fascinating Images Captured by the Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Camera” from October 2 to December 27, 2018.
In this exhibition, Nikon will exhibit approximately 60 prototypes of interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras produced from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Each prototype was developed to test and verify new designs, functions and mechanics, and embodies the hard work and dedication of the developers. However, since many such prototypes were destroyed after testing, there have been few opportunities to exhibit them to the general public. This is a very rare exhibition and includes prototype lenses that never reached the mass production stage.
Nikon will also exhibit photos taken by combinations of the 10 prototype lenses and the new Nikon Z 7 full-frame mirrorless camera released on August 23. You can experience the imaging capability of these prototype lenses by viewing photos taken with Nikon’s latest mirrorless camera.
|Exhibits||Approx. 60 prototype lenses
Celebrating 100,000 visitors
|Achieved||July 7, 2018|
New Movies at the Museum Theater
|Screening from||May 14, 2018|
|Additional movie||Testuro Goto Interview ① Nikon space cameras that contributed to space
Tetsuro Goto Interview ② Special Cameras for the Adventurer Naomi Uemura
Testuro Goto Interview ③ Special Nikon Camera for Author Seicho Matsumoto
Special Exhibition “100 Years of Nikon Binoculars”
|Dates||July 3, 2018 – September 29, 2018|
|Exhibits||Approx. 300 binoculars
|Cooperation||The National Museum of Nature and Science
Sugino Gakuen Dressmaker Gakuin
Special Exhibition “Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR — a Genealogy of the World’s Highest Resolution Lenses”
|Dates||April 3, 2018 – June 30, 2018|
|Exhibitions||About 40 lenses including Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR lenses
About 40 electronic devices
Special Exhibition “HIROTA’S F PERIOD”
|Dates||January 5, 2018 – March 31, 2018|
|Exhibits||Over 60 photos
Movies including a special interview
Movies of new photographs
Photo equipment, etc.
Fourth (Final) 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “The World of F-mount NIKKOR”
|Dates||October 3, 2017 – December 27, 2017|
|Exhibits||Approximately 400 F-mount NIKKOR lenses, a celestial globe with a Fisheye NIKKOR lens, and more|
Updating of exhibits and changes to staff uniforms
|Dates||July 24, 2017|
|Major changes||Hands-on corner
Telephoto lenses and prototypes
The history of Nikon survey instruments
Audio guide service
The Third 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition ”A Century of Memories — David Douglas Duncan”
|Dates||July 4, 2017 – September 30, 2017|
|Exhibits||24 photographs, interviews, and more|
|Cooperation||Joseph McNally Studio
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
The Second 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “Prototype Cameras — Developers' Memories”
|Dates||April 4, 2017 – July 1, 2017|
|Exhibits||Approx. 40 prototype cameras|
100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “Naomi Uemura — Camera Techniques in Polar Regions”
|Dates||January 5, 2017 – April 1, 2017|
|Exhibits||Approx. 20 photos and approx. 20 items of equipment|
|Cooperation||Uemura Museum Tokyo, Toyooka-city Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum, Bungeishunju Ltd.|
Special exhibition “Hana Utage — Flower Banquet”
|Dates||October 4, 2016 – December 27, 2016|
|Exhibits||“Petals of the Sun”, “Roses”|
|Cooperation||Shotaro Akiyama Photo Art Museum|
Special exhibition “Walk with Yusaku Kamekura”
|Dates||July 4, 2016 – October 1, 2016|
|Exhibits||Approximately 70 Kamekura-designed items, mainly Nikon materials|
|Cooperation||Yusaku Kamekura Library, Recruit Hodings Co., Ltd. CREATION GALLERY G8, The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Osaka Prefectural Expo '70 Commemorative Park Office, JCII Camera Museum, and oters|
Special exhibition “The beauty of Mt. Fuji, a mountain beloved beyond time — Koyo Okada”
|Dates||April 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016|
|Cooperation||Koyo Okada Photo Art Museum|
Special exhibition “Through the eyes of Ken DOMON”
|Dates||January 5, 2016 – March 31, 2016|
|Exhibits||From the second collection of A Pilgrimage through Old Temples
“Right Arms of the Thousand-arm Kannon at the Toshodai-ji”
“Left Arms of the Thousand-arm Kannon at the Toshodai-ji”
|Cooperation||Ken Domon Museum of Photography|
Special exhibition “Ihei Kimura — Lass”
|Dates||October 17, 2015 – December 26, 2015|