The “Masanori Ikeda Portrait Project” was started in 2012 and has been ongoing. In this project by photographer Masanori Ikeda, “Kandakko” (Kanda residents) serve as models for portrait photo shoots. Continuing the photo shoots and presenting them to the public, the models originally focused on “Kandakko”, have today expanded to include residents from across the greater Chiyoda City area, as portraits that capture the contemporary “Edokko” (Edo residents). These portraits taken in a variety of scenes are, needless to say, the essence of Edokko who subtly reveal their “Inase” (translated as “taste”). The photos are taken in contemporary Tokyo as their stage, but include families who have lived there for generations, as well as those who just moved in, and their inherited “Inase na Tokyo” (translated as “Tokyo taste”) that grows through spirit and comradery. For the Tokyo Biennale 2020/2021, Ikeda will exhibit portraits taken up until recently, hold photo workshops, and use his portraits as a space for all kinds of people to connect.
(As of July 2021)
1: “Masanori Ikeda Portrait Project 2012-2018 Inase na Tokyo” 2012, Yoshihiko Shimizu/Shuji Tabata/Shigeru Torii, Kanda Myojin Shrine, Kanda, Chiyoda City ©️Masanori Ikeda
2: “Masanori Ikeda Portrait Project 2012-2018 Inase na Tokyo” 2012, Naoko Horii, Goto Inari Shrine, Ogawacho, Kanda, Chiyoda City ©️Masanori Ikeda
The INASE NA TOKYO Project website is now open. Visitors will enjoy the “Portrait Project,” which captures the “Edokko” (Edo residents), the “INASE NA Syuccho Shashin-kan,” which offers photography at special locations, and the “INASE NA Photo Shashin-kan,” a photography studio.
Masanori Ikeda (Photographer)
Began presenting work at “dragged out studio”, ran by Ikeda since 1999. In 2003, he began creating and presenting the portrait series, “Weekend Photo Studio”. Ikeda founded YUKAI co.,ltd. in 2006, and began activities as a creative director and film director. In 2010, he reestablished “dragged out studio” in Bakurocho as an alternative space. In 2021, the studio moved to the Kanda Port Building, where Ikeda also serves as creative director. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Japan and overseas. In addition to pursuing activities as the art unit “Ikeda Midori” with artist Midori Mitamura, he is a member of the Finland Sauna Club while also assuming various roles such as sauna spa professional manager, “Sharing Nature” instructor, waterplant landscaper, and ambassador for Kamifurano (town in Hokkaido). Major publications include catalog “SAUNA” (Yukai Publishing), “Akarui butsu dori” (translation: “Taking bright still life photography”) (BNN, Inc.), and “INASE NA TOKYO” (commandN). He has exhibited work in “Masanori Ikeda Exhibition: SUN” (Spiral Garden, Tokyo, 2017), “Masanori Ikeda Portrait Project 2012-2018: INASE NA TOKYO” (3331 Arts Chiyoda 1F Main Gallery, Tokyo, 2018), among others.
3-1 Kanda Nishiki-cho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
・6 minutes walk from “Jimbocho” Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Toei Mita Line, Toei Shinjuku Line.
・6 minutes walk from “Takebashi” Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.
・7 minutes walk from “Ogawamachi” Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line.