Hashima by Taiji Matsui
Hashima aka Gunkanjima aka Battleship Island is an island 15km offshore from Nagasaki, and in 1959 the small 6 hectare island reached a peak population of 5,259 primarily serving a coal mine… For years it was an infamous & difficult to access haikyo location but has more recently been reopened for tourists. More info here and here and a great interactive site here
Photographs of Imagined Haiku Landscapes by Mitsumura Suiko Shoin Publishing
Pairs Haiku with photos by members of Japan Nature Scenery Photography Association (introduction and haiku in English & Japanese)
Japanese Creativity – Contemplations on Japanese Architecture by Yuichiro Edagawa
Very interesting book (in english) – “analyzing a wide variety of unique exemplary buildings from the sixth century to the present, he determines twelve distinctive characteristics of Japanese architectural creativity and composition”
Sacrifice – The Ikebana of Regeneration by Atsunubu Katagiri
Ikebana is the minimalist Japanese art of flower arrangement, and for this book the artist revisits Fukushima after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and captures exquisite photos of ikebana placed in broken landscapes.
(Introduction and titles in English & Japanese)
Michael Kenna – A 45 Year Odyssey
Released in conjunction with the 45 year retrospective of Michael Kennas photographs at Tokyo Photographic Museum, which I visited a few weeks ago. Gorgeous, deeply inspiring work by a master of the art.
On The Beach – Hiroshi Sugimoto
Back in 1990 Sugimoto visited New Zealand and while exploring coastlines came across an area where it seemed lots of vintage car parts had been dumped. This book documents the decayed objects on a black sand beach, with gorgeous photos where film grain and sand grain merge… (introduction in English & Japanese)