Special Exhibitions

Nikon Museum holds uniquely-themed special exhibitions relating to Nikon products and projects.

Current Event

Special Exhibition “Memories of Railways, 1969–1976, in cooperation with the Nagoya Rail Archives”

Dates: October 1, 2019 (Tue) – December 26, 2019 (Thu)

Nikon Museum will hold the “Memories of Railways, 1969–1976, in cooperation with the Nagoya Rail Archives” exhibition from October 1 to December 26.

From late 1960s to early 1970s, various railways ran throughout Japan and were part of the fabric of daily life. This exhibition presents approximately 180 photos of about 80 lines taken by members of the Nagoya Rail Archives (NRA), an incorporated non-profit organization. Those photos were taken between 1969 and 1976 using Nikon SLR cameras, and are exhibited under 6 themes: “Narrow-gauge Railways”, “Japan National Railways”, “Steam Locomotives”, “Private Railways”, “Light Rail Lines” and “The sights of the Railways”. In addition, railway- related collections of the Nagoya Rail Archives, such as tickets and time tables, are also exhibited. Please enjoy these railway photos which show the relationships between people and railways in the “good old days” in Japan.

Incorporated non-profit organization Nagoya Rail Archives

The Nagoya Rail Archives was established in 2005 to provide, for posterity, reliable information on the purpose and history of railways by preventing the disappearance of railway- related materials collected over many years by rail enthusiasts, systematically storing these materials, and providing them to researchers and press. Subsequently the Nagoya Rail Archives was recognized as an incorporated non-profit organization in 2006. The Nagoya Rail Archives actively promotes its operations, such as digitalization of donated photos, promotion of various events including exhibitions of archival materials, and publishing newsletters.

Exhibits Approximately 180 railway photos
Railway- related materials including tickets and time tables
Cooperation Incorporated non-profit organization Nagoya Rail Archives

Upcoming Event

Special Exhibition “Taizo Ichinose, the Reality of War, the People Who Live Within the Smoke of Gunpowder”

Dates: January 6, 2020 (Mon) – March 28, 2020 (Sat)

Nikon Museum will hold a special exhibition entitled “Taizo Ichinose, the Reality of War, the People Who Live Within the Smoke of Gunpowder” from January 6 to March 28, 2020.

This exhibition will present approximately 40 items, including photos taken by Ichinose of battlefields in Cambodia and Vietnam from 1972 to 1973. In addition, approximately 15 of Ichinose’s mementos will also be exhibited, such as his war-damaged Nikon F and letters to his mother, Nobuko.

Ms. Kyoko Nagafuchi, a niece of Taizo Ichinose, selected the exhibited items and arranged the displays for this exhibition. She selected items from among Ichinose’s photographs taken running across battlefields to get the best photographs, such as memories of people who lived their lives to the full while at the cruel mercy of war. With this exhibition, we hope you feel the reality that Ichinose wanted to impart, and how he lived.

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.

Exhibits Approximately 40 photos taken in battlefields in Cambodia and Vietnam
Approximately 15 mementos including a Nikon F camera, a press armband, a helmet and autographed letters
Supervisor Kyoko Nagafuchi
Cooperation Takeo City Library, Takeo City Library and History Museum
“A letter”
Photographed by Taizo Ichinose, on October 25, 1972, in Vietnam
Taizo Ichinose
Taizo’s war-damaged Nikon F camera, press armband and helmet

Past Events

Special Exhibition “Photographing the Wonder of Science”

Dates July 2, 2019 – September 28, 2019
Exhibits Approximately 20 scientific photos taken by Kunio Ichiji

Special Exhibition “Nikon Museum Special Collection”

Dates April 2, 2019 – June 29, 2019
Exhibits Approx. 30 items including cameras, measuring instruments and industrial equipment

Special Exhibition “Rokuro Yoshida Photo Exhibition — Snow Crystals”

Dates October 2, 2018 – December 27, 2018
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
Cooperation Toei Company
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

Special Exhibition “Prototype Lenses — Fascinating Images Captured by the Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Camera”

Dates October 2, 2018 – December 27, 2018
Exhibits Approx. 60 prototype lenses
Sample photos

Special Exhibition “100 Years of Nikon Binoculars”

Dates July 3, 2018 – September 29, 2018
Exhibits Approx. 300 binoculars
Product brochures
Women’s dresses
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

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 Holdings 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
  • “SNOW DAY”
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
Exhibits “Lass”