Miki Ono Photo Exhibition “Shiogama in Showa Period”




Machi No Kioku wo Atsumeru, Kataru
Preserving, collecting, and sharing hometown memories

A project documenting Shiogama City at the heart of Japan’s Showa era: from 1945 to 1974
Featuring selected photographs taken by Miki Ono

As an important part of Shiogama City – and this museum’s mandate to preserve it’s cherished history, this annual series of exhibitions aim to gather, preserve, and share photographs and memories from the many people who made Shiogama what it is today.

Let us take you back during a time in Shiogama after the Second World War, a time when Japan was on its way to re-emerge as a prosperous nation, and a time that is considered as Japan’s modern golden age – the early to mid Showa era, corresponding to the years between 1945 and 1974.

Captured by multi-awarded, Tohoku-based veteran photographer Miki Ono, he specializes in documenting human emotions, and moments of everyday life – from the mundane to the exciting.

This exhibition showcases many of Shiogama’s iconic landmarks at that time, featuring a glimpse of what was then this small thriving Miyagi town had to offer – from the historic Shinto shrine Shiogama Jinja, to early morning catches of fresh seafood in the lively fish market; hectic scenes of the town port bustling full of people from tourists and locals alike; the rare scenery of working women sporting the Japanese cotton towel – the tenugui – on their heads; the sight of both children frolicking freely the railway track – and men dragging trolleys right beside; and big hauls of fish scattered all around the port road.

Seeing these rare moments in this city will both together give visitors and locals the rare opportunity to experience this city’s lively atmosphere from a more simpler time.



Thursday May 3rd (national holiday) through Sunday June 24th 2018
10:00–17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays
At Sugimura Jun Museum of Art (Shiogama City), 30 minutes east of Sendai


Admission (incl. permanent collection)
• Adults: 200 yen
• High school students: 100 yen
• Museum member, Junior high school students and under: Free

Groups (20 or more)
• Adults: 160 yen
• High school students: 80 yen
• Junior high school students and under: Free

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Translated by JUNBI Supporter (Naoko Sakazume, SAT De Los Angeles)