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Information from Nikon Museum, including information relating to events other than special exhibitions.

New Movie Screening in the Private Viewing Room — “Investigating the Structure of the Galaxy and the Nikon 91 cm Reflector Telescope”

Screening from March 2, 2021 (Tue)

Nikon Museum is screening a new movie, “Investigating the Structure of the Galaxy and the Nikon 91 cm Reflector Telescope”, in the Private Viewing Room from March 2, 2021.

The 91 cm Reflector Telescope was a photoelectric equatorial reflector telescope that was manufactured by Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku) in 1959, and installed in 1960 at the Okayama Astrophysical Observatory (now the Subaru Telescope Okayama Branch Office). Its diameter of 91 cm made it the largest domestically produced telescope in Japan at the time. Today, it has been converted to a wide-field camera, and supports near-infrared observation of the galactic structure.

This movie is an interview with Mr. Kenshi Yanagisawa, who researches stars using the 91 cm Reflector Telescope, and introduces the history and current role of the telescope, which has contributed to astronomical observations for over 60 years.

Filmed using Nikon Z 7 and Z 50

With the exception of some reference material, this movie was filmed using Nikon Z 7 and Z 50 cameras, at 4K UHD image quality.

Movie Specialists & Nikon
Investigating the Structure of the Galaxy and the Nikon 91 cm Reflector Telescope
Running time: approximately 10 minutes
Cooperation Subaru Telescope Okayama Branch Office, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

A drama commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Nikon Museum “The lie detective — The sunken NIKONOS Ⅲ”

Screening from December 8, 2020 (Tue)

Nikon Museum is screening a drama commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Nikon Museum. “The lie detective — The sunken NIKONOS Ⅲ” can be seen in the private viewing room from December 8, 2020.

This is a mystery drama, in which the detective Daisuke Ieno and his buddies solve a murder case taking a cue from the amphibious camera NIKONOS Ⅲ, that was washed ashore. It is based on the theme “human lies”, and illustrates human emotions and relationships. It is based on the short story “The Land NIKONOS”, written by Ms. Sanaka Hiiragi, the author of the “Days with Mysteries of the Retro Camera Shop in Yanaka” series. The drama production, including casting, script writing, filming, music production and editing, was directed by “playApart”, a movie production group whose concept is “Gather young actors and produce movies and dramas by ourselves”. The work of the promising actors, and the camera work of the director (who took charge of the movie shooting) are also highlights of this drama. This drama was fully filmed using the Nikon Z 6 full-frame mirrorless camera. Please enjoy this 4K UHD high-definition, beautiful movie.

The purpose of the drama

The Nikon Museum opened in 2015, and celebrated its 5th anniversary in October 2020. More than 150,000 people have visited the museum thus far. This drama was created to entertain Nikon fans and camera enthusiasts, commemorating the anniversary and expressing our gratitude.

Synopsis

One day, a client visits detective Daisuke Ieno and his assistant So Wato, and asks them to find her missing husband. The only clue is an old film camera that was found washed up on a shore. Daisuke and So talk with Airi Futako, a camera and photo expert. Airi explains that the camera is an amphibious camera NIKONOS Ⅲ. With Airi’s advice, Daisuke develops the sunken film roll. On the film, as well as underwater and landscape photos, a selfie of the missing husband and photos of the client herself were recorded. With these photos, they identified the location of the husband, and found his body at the police station after searching for him. It is thought that he accidentally died, but Daisuke notices that this case is warped by someone’s lies.

Movie A drama commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Nikon Museum
“The lie detective — The sunken NIKONOS Ⅲ”
Running time: approximately 47 minutes
Written by Sanaka Hiiragi
Direction and filming Shotaro Sakai
Script and leading actor Joya
Cooperation playApart
Equipment Nikon Z 6 full-frame mirrorless camera, NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S and other NIKKOR lenses

Long-term exhibition of Taizo Ichinose's war-damaged Nikon F camera and his last photograph

Dates: September 29, 2020 (Tue) – Late September, 2021

Nikon Museum is exhibiting some mementos and the last photograph of photojournalist Taizo Ichinose until late September 2021.

Exhibited mementos include his Nikon F SLR camera, which was damaged while he was reporting from a battlefield in Vietnam, a press armband, a helmet, boots and others. The exhibited photograph is called “Taizo's last photo”, taken in 1973. It is a photograph of faraway Angkor Wat taken from the window of his boarding house in Cambodia.

These were exhibited at Nikon Museum’s “Taizo Ichinose, the Reality of War, the People Who Live Within the Smoke of Gunpowder” special exhibition held from January 6, 2020 to September 26, 2020, and attracted great interest from visitors. This long-term exhibition has been organized with the cooperation of Ichinose’s family.

With this exhibition, we hope you can understand how Taizo Ichinose lived, running through battlefields hoping to take exclusive, world-class photographs.

Taizo Ichinose

Taizo Ichinose was born in Takeo, Saga, in 1947. He worked as a photojournalist for approximately two years in tumultuous areas such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia, trying to get worldwide scoops. In November 1973, he wrote a note to his friend with the words “One step on a mine, It's all over,” before travelling to Khmer Rouge militia-controlled Angkor Wat, where he disappeared.

War-damaged Nikon F

Past Events

New Movies at the Museum Theater, recorded using Nikon Z 50 cameras, including Parisian streetscape and Mt. Fuji shot from a drone

Screening from August 18, 2020
Movies A Walk in Paris
Running time: approximately 3 minutes 12 seconds
Artisans of Paris
Running time: approximately 3 minutes 14 seconds
Bird's-eye View of Mt. Fuji
Running time: approximately 2 minutes 13 seconds

“The Attraction of the Nikon F System Camera”, a Commemorative Exhibition for the 40th Anniversary of the Nikon F3

Dates August 4, 2020 – Late December, 2020
Exhibits Approximately 20 F3 units in combination with various accessories

New Movie Screening in the Private Viewing Room — “Tojinbo's Guardians and Nikon Binoculars”

Screening from February 1, 2020
Movie Specialists & Nikon
Tojinbo's Guardians and Nikon Binoculars
Cooperation NPO Editorial Desk of Memorable Words

Private Viewing Room for Original Movies

Screening from January 6, 2020
Movies Nikon 100th Anniversary LUX CENTURIAE
Tetsuro Goto Interviews series
Specialists & Nikon series

New Movie at the Museum Theater — “Cool breeze”, filmed using Nikon Z series cameras and F mount lenses

Screening from January 6, 2020
Movie Cool breeze
Cooperation Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

New Movie at the Museum Theater — “Conversation Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Nikon F: The Timeless Appeal of F”

Screening from December 2, 2019
Movie Conversation Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Nikon F
The Timeless Appeal of “F”

Commemorative exhibition for 60th anniversary of Nikon F “F History”

Dates May 7, 2019 – July 22, 2020
Exhibits 27 models of SLRs designated by the letter “F”, from the Nikon F to the F6, with commentary.

New Movie at the Museum Theater — “Chiba Port Radio and Nikon Binoculars”

Screening from December 2, 2019
Movie Specialists & Nikon
Chiba Port Radio and Nikon Binoculars
Cooperation TST Corporation

New Movies at the Museum Theater — “Tsugaru in the garden” and “Etude at the helipad”

Screening from October 1, 2019
Movies Tsugaru in the garden
Etude at the helipad

New Movie at the Museum Theater — “Research on Brain Networks and Nikon Super Resolution Microscopes”

Screening from September 4, 2019
Movie Professionals & Nikon ④
Research on Brain Networks and Nikon Super Resolution Microscopes
Cooperation Shigeo Okabe M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Cellular Neurobiology, Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo

New theater space screening high resolution movies with the theme “Through the Lens”

Screening from July 29, 2019
Movies four seasons in Japan
TOKYO landscape

High-quality short movies in 4K UHD taken with Nikon Z 7 camera

Screening from March 4, 2019
Short movies A relaxing time (short movie of a woman)
Red-crowned Crane (short movie of cranes)
Beyond the sky (short movie of airliners)
TOKYO from the air (nightscape movie taken from a helicopter)

New Movie at the Museum Theater — “Sunflower Satsuma Ferry and Nikon Binoculars”

Screening from December 10, 2018
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
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.

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