©MASASHI ASADA / Dogo Onsenart 2018

Sagi no Ongaeshi, Part 8 -Two, 6 a.m. People gather as the water bubbles up.

Duration:September 2, 2017 ~ February 28, 2019 Location:Dogo Sightseeing Information Center wall 2018

An 8-piece self-portrait titled, “Sagi no Ongaeshi (a heron’s repayment of a kindness)”. At the pre-opening, we took a scene of the portrait that depicts the present and recreated the long line at 6 a.m., the time that the Main Building of Dogo Onsen opens, with the help of over 100 people. At the grand opening, Part 1 of this artwork will be shown in front of Part 2 and the difference between these artworks is the humor that only Asada could portray.

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Masashi Asada

Photographer, born in Mie in 1979.
A published work of family pictures with himself as the object Asada-ke (Akaaka Art Publishing, Inc.) earned him the 34th Kimura Ihei Award. 2013~2014 he was part of the member of the Mie Prefectural Culture Council. In 2016 he was a judge for the government sponsored Iseshima Summit Photo Contest and has been working tirelessly on art projects that capture the life of people in Japan in different cities and towns, as well as public awareness campaigns. His main exhibits are “Tsu Family Land Asada Masashi shashin-ten” (2010: Mie Prefectural Art Museum/solo exhibition), “Hachinohe Review” (2011: Hachinohe Portal Museum “hatchi”), “Kinenbi wo tsukuru kinenshashin” (2011: Fukuoka Camera Museum/solo exhibit), “LOVE-ten” (2013: Mori Art Museum), “Kakucho suru Fashion-ten” (2014: Art Tower Mito, Marugame Municipal Inokuma Genichiro Modern Museum), “Hobo Kazoku” (2016: Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City/ solo exhibit) and “Hong Kong International Photography Festival” (2016: Hong Kong/ Invited as a foreign artist). Published works include NEW LIFE (Akaaka Art Publishing, Inc.), Kazoku Shimbun (Gentosha Literary Publication), Hachinohe Review (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha Co., ltd), Nanyo Shashin NANYO (Nihon Bungeisha), Sotsugyo shashin no shukudai (Akaaka Art Publishing, Inc.), Album no chikara (Akaaka Art Publishing, Inc.), and Minnade Minami Sanriku (Minami Sanriku Cho).The movie "Asada-ke (Asada family) (provisional)"will be released in 2020, which is a draft of his book "Asada-ke" and "Album no Chikara"(published by Akaaka Art Publishing Inc).

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