One of the portraits of Mirai-chan that will be on display in Hanoi from August 18 to September 15
Hanoi this weekend will host the renowned photography exhibition "Mirai-chan: A Little Girl With Chubby Red Cheeks" by Japanese artist Kotori Kawashima.
The exhibition, co-organized by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam and Nanarokusha Publishing Inc., will open to the public in Hanoi from August 18 to September 15 to celebrate Japan-Vietnam Friendship Year 2013.
It features portraits of Mirai-chan, the daughter of a photographer's friend on Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture in the northern central region of Japan.
Being on the cover of the famous arts and culture magazine BRUTUS triggered a sensation in Japan and Mirai-chan became the talk of the town as an adorable girl who conveys the vitality and energy of life. The photobook Mirai-chan has sold over 100,000 copies since its release in March 2011, according to the organizers.
The Mirai-chan exhibition has been warmly received in Tokyo, Osaka and other Japanese cities as well as in Thailand and Taiwan.
According to a press release from the organizer, "Kotori thinks that the girl in the photography series possesses a lovable human nature which is universal for all human-being. He also thinks that there is a hint to think about future in the midst of beautifully changing four seasons and Japanese traditional culture remaining over generations in Sado Island. These ideas gave a birth to the conceptual girl Mirai-chan."
Kotori Kawashima was born in 1980 in Tokyo, graduated from the Department of French Literature, School of Letters, Arts and Science at Waseda University, and currently resides in Tokyo.
He won the Grand Prize at the 10th Itaru Hirama by Shinpusha in 2006 for his work BABY BABY in which he took a photographic series of one girl, resulting in the publication of the same-titled photobook.
In 2011, he received the 42nd Publishing Culture Prize by Kodansha for Photography for Mirai-chan. These days he mainly takes portrait shots and other photographs for books, magazines and CD covers.
The exhibition at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi will be officially opened on August 17at 4 p.m. with the participation of invited guests. Kotori Kawashima will be there in person to give a talk.
Admission will be free throughout the four-week show from August 18.