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NIHONSHU

Crafting Sake

Nihonshu—sake clear as water—is characterized by its softness and the very complex aromas it releases. Pen PARIS met up with the parties involved in upholding the quality and reputation of nihonshu, to gain a better un…

NIHONSHU #02

Large wooden vats are necessary for traditional nihonshu-making. Unfortunately, there is only one craft shop in all of Japan still capable of making them.

NIHONSHU #03

Crafting Sake

Sakazuki—nihonshu serving cups—have been changing along with the sakes they hold in recent years. Ryota Aoki, a young potter, is breaking the conventions surrounding their production.

NIHONSHU #04

Crafting Sake

Seishu, Daiginjo, Honjozo… How Should These Be Labeled?

NIHONSHU #05

Crafting Sake

Nihonshu—sake clear as water—is characterized by its softness and the very complex aromas it releases. Pen PARIS met up with the parties involved in upholding the quality and reputation of nihonshu, to gain a better un…

Araki: The Photo Devil

“The Ukiyo-e* artist Kawanabe Kyōsai called himself the Demon of Painting, you know. I’m more the Photo Devil”.—Araki. Araki starts his day early, photographing the sky from his veranda. He then shoots a pic…

Araki: The Photo Devil #02

A camera boasting a broken lens hangs from the neck of a red devil doll. This is Araki’s impression of himself. While a master of photography, his creativity pushes the boundaries of what most believe photography is. A …

Araki: The Photo Devil #03

In 2012, Araki’s “Photobook Mania” exhibited at the Izu Photo Studio. At that time, he had published a prolific 452 volumes. Since then, the total has risen to upward of 480.”It’s not enough for photography …

Araki: The Photo Devil #04

hile at university, Araki often took pictures of the children near his home. “I could see my own childhood in the boy called Sacchin,” he said. It was where “Photographs of Me” began, which convey who he is throug…

Araki: The Photo Devil #05

Along with a medium-format Pentax, his primary camera, Araki keeps one autofocus and another manual 35mm, a mirrorless DSLR and a Polaroid SLR on standby. Although they are only part of his collection, one does not ofte…

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