Creative Projects

Artwork Production

🔶Cinepoetries 

Asuka-Fujiwara—Japan’s Ancient Capitals Where the Ritsuryō System and Buddhist Culture First Flourished (2023/4K short movie/14.5min/English)

A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Commissioned Work by Nara Prefecture Tourism Department

Photo permits by: Asuka Historical Museum + Department of Imperial Palace Sites Investigations (Asuka/Fujiwara Division)/Nara National Research Institute of Cultural Properties; The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture; Nara Prefecture Complex of Man’yo Culture (Man’yo Museum); Asuka Village Board of Education; Kashihara City Board of Education; Yakushi-ji Temple, Daian-ji Temple; Asuka-dera Temple; Agency of Cultural  Affairs of Japan; Nara National Museum; The Yomiuri Shimbun; Imperial House Hold Agency/Unebi Imperial Mausoleum
Editorial Consultant: Kosaku Okabayashi, PhD, Deputy Director of the Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture
English Editor: Andreas Boettcher

Scene from “Asuka-Fujiwara—Japan’s Ancient Capitals Where the Ritsuryō System and Buddhist Culture First Flourished”

Prince Shōtoku: A Beacon of East-Asian Wisdom and Aesthetics, Shining from Antiquity to the Future (2022/4K short movie/13.5min)

A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Commissioned Work by Nara Prefecture Tourism DepartmentPhoto permits by: Hōryū-ji; Chūgū-ji; Hōrin-ji; Hōki-ji; Asuka-dere; Tachibana-dera Temples, Tokyo National Museum, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Performing artist by Kasuga-Taisha Nanto-Gakuso
Editorial Consultant: Hōryū-ji Temple
English Editor: Andreas Boettcher

Scene from “Prince Shōtoku: A Beacon of East-Asian Wisdom and Aesthetics, Shining from Antiquity to the Future”

− Nara, Japan’s first imperial capital and the eastern terminus of the Silk Road – a cultural corridor to 1400 years of spiritual tradition (2021/2k short movie/33 mins)

A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Commissioned Work by Cultural Agency of Japan for the cluster project: Ikasu-Nara Regional Council
Online presentation on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjSWEDzltIU

Photo permits by Hōryū-ji Temple, Yakushi-ji Temple, Tōdai-ji Temple, Tōshōdai-ij Temple, Saidai-ji Temple, Kōfuku-ji Temple, Kasuga-Taisha Shrine
Editorial Consultant: Kosei Morimoto, PhD, Abbot Emeritus of Tōdai-ji Temple
English Editor: Andreas Boettcher

Cinepoetry: Nara, Japan’s First Imperial Capital and Eastern Terminus of the Silk Road (Miro Ito film, presented by Ikasu-Nara Regional Council)

The Four Heavenly Kings – Magnificent Figures Epitomising Valour at the Todai-ji, Toshodai-ji, Daian-ji and Kofuku-ji Temples in Nara: Japanese National Treasures from the Tenpyo to the Kamakura Era (2021/2k short movie/20 mins)

A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Commissioned Work by Nara Prefecture
Presented by Nara Prefecture (2021)
Language: Japanese
Support by Tōdai-ji, Tōshōdai-ij, Daian-ji and Kōfuku-ji Temples
Editorial Consultant: Kosei Morimoto, PhD, Abbot Emeritus of Tōdai-ji Temple

The Four Heavenly Kings curved by Unkei, Chukondo Hall, Kofukuji Temple, 13th century, National Treasure of Japan/Photographs by Miro Ito

🔶Photo Exhibition, Screenings/Short Movie Installation

Client: Canon Group
Event:  Canon Expo Tokyo 2010
Concept & Planning:  Media Art League
Photography & Creative Direction:  Miro Ito

Photo Exhibition Title: “Road of Light: Ancient Route of Prayer and Dedicatory Arts in Asia”

Organizer: Canon Group
Support: Association for Commemorative Events of the 1300th Anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital
Exhibits: 8 scrolls of Tōdaiji Temple’s Gigaku masks (Important Cultural Property of Japan) + 9 scrolls of Kasuga-taisha’s Bugaku masks (including 6 masks designated as Important Cultural Property of Japan)

Short Movie Title: The Great Buddha Lives! (7 mins) 

− The Great Buddha Lives!  (7 mins)

A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Presented by Canon EXPO Tokyo 2010, Nara PrefectureAssociation for Commemorative Events of the 1300th
Anniversary of Nara Heijō- kyō)
Languages: Japanese
Editor-at-Large: Tōdai-ji Temple
Music Composer: Yasuhiro Morinaga
Editor/CG Creator: Yusuke Shigeta

※ Reference:《Our Work — Screenings》

Short Movie Title: Life of Masks – Bugaku : Kasuga-taisha Shrine and Wakamiya Onmatsuri Festival (11 mins)

Editorial Supervision:

− Life of Masks − Bugaku: Kasuga-Taisha Shrine and Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri Festival (11 mins)

A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Presented by Canon EXPO Tokyo 2010, Nara Prefecture (Association for Commemorative Events of the
1300th Anniversary of Nara Heijō- kyō)
Languages: Japanese
Editorial Consultant: Kan’ichi Kasagi (Art & Music Director of Nanto-gakuso Gagaku Troupe)
Music & Performing Arts: Nantogakuso Gagaku Troupe
Editor/CG Creator: Yusuke Shigeta

※ Reference:《Our Work — Screenings》

The Great Buddha Lives! (7min./ Written, directed and photographed by Miro Ito, Editorial supervision: Tōdai-ji Temple)

🔶Short Movie Production

A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Presented by Tōdai-ji Museum (2011)
Languages: Japanese/English

Short Movie Title: Gigaku: Road of Masks (7.5 mins)

− Gigaku: Roads of Masks (7.5 mins)

Commissioned Work by the Tōdai-ji Temple
A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Presented by Tōdai-ji Museum (2011)
Languages: Japanese/English

Performers: Mannojo Nomura V, ACT.JT, Ethnos
Gigaku masks: Collection of Tōdai-ji Temple (Important Cultural Properties of Japan/Nara Period)
ShinGigaku masks (produced by Mannojo Nomura V)
Music: Sukeyasu Shiba (Gigaku Gyōdō-ranjō, Gigaku Karura)
Editorial consultant: Kan’ichi Kasagi, Art & Music Director of Nantogakuso Gagaku Troupe
English editor: Andreas Boettcher
Editor/CG Creator: Yusuke Shigeta(Studio Shikumi)

🔶Historical Photo Presentation, Cultural Lectures & Performance 

Edo/Tokyo – Seen through its edifices exhibition

– Edo/Tokyo – Seen through its edifices exhibition

Edo/Tokyo – Seen through its edifices (JCII Collection)
Consulate-General of Japan (Chicago), April 2019
Japan Fest, Chicago Cultural Center, June 2019

Host: Japanese Japanese Information Center, Consulate General of Japan in Chicago
Co-orgnizers: Japan Camera Industry Institue (JCII) and Media Art League
Lecturers: Consul General of Chicago, Naoki Ito/Miro Ito(Media Art League)
Lecturers: Consul General of Chicago, Naoki Ito/Associate Prof. Thomas Martin Gaubatz (North Western University), Miro Ito (Media Art League)
Ballet Performance (Kojo no tsuki; Moon over Ruined Castle/Artistic Direction by Miro Ito/Music Design  by Hagi): Shunso

The LAST of the SAMURAI exhibition

– Lecture & performance to The LAST of the SAMURAI exhibition, commemorating the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations, July 2018, Toronto

Host: Japanese Canadian Industry Institute
Co-orgnizers: Japan Camera Industry Institue (JCII) and Media Art League
Lecturers: Consul General of Toronto, Takako Ito/Miro Ito, Andreas Boettcher (Media Art League)
Iai Ballet Performance (Aesthetic of Samurai/Artistic Direction by Miro Ito/Music by Hagi): Shunso

Lecture to “The LAST of the SAMURAI” exhibition, commemorating the 150th Year of Meiji Restoration (Japan) and the 120-year History of the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, April 2018, Chicago

Host: Japanese Information Center, Consulate General of Japan in Chicago
Co-orgnizers: Japan Camera Industry Institue (JCII) and Media Art League
Lecturers: Consul General of Chicago, Naoki Ito/Associate Prof. Thomas Martin Gaubatz (North Western University), Miro Ito (Media Art League)
Iai Ballet Performance (Aesthetic of Samurai/Artistic Direction by Miro Ito/ Music Design by Hagi): Shunso

Lecture of Mannojo Nomura V, commemorating the 100 years anniversary of the Nippon Club, 2003, New York
Organizer: The Nippon Clube
Producer & Slideshow Presentation: Miro Ito (Media Art League)

🔶Lithography Presentation

Series of Lithographic Landscape Kyoto by Moriharu Shizume (Paris)
Client: SME Families
Concept & Planning: Zwei Plus (present Media Art League)

(Last update: August 2023)

CSR Projects

🔶CSR Projects

CSR Project Presentations for Nippon Care Communications Co. Ltd (NCC)

“Photo Art by Miro Ito: Tōdaiji Temple’s National Treasure (Nikkō Bosatsu & Gakkō Bosatsu), Int. Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition (exhibited by NCC) at Tokyo Big Sight (2015).

Special support: Tōdaiji Temple
Purpose: Photo art exhibition of National Treasure of Japan for preservation of important cultural heritage and welfare for the elderly. After the exhibition, 6 scrolls printed in wash paper have been donated to the Tōdaiji Temple
Photo equipment support: Canon Marketing Japan Co., Ltd., Iino Media Pro Co., Ltd.

“Photo Art by Miro Ito: Tōdaiji Temple’s Important Cultural Property of Japan – Senju Kannon Bosatsu (Senjudō), Int. Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition (exhibited by NCC) at Tokyo Big Sight (2014).

Special support: Tōdaiji Temple
Purpose: Photo art exhibition of Important Cultural Property of Japan (not to be shown publicly) for preservation of important cultural heritage and welfare for the elderly. After the exhibition, 6 scrolls printed in wash paper have been donated to the Tōdaiji Temple
Photo equipment support: Canon Marketing Japan Co., Ltd., Iino Media Pro Co., Ltd.

8x10 Large Format View Camera Photo Project at Elderly Nursing Homes in Disaster Area of the Great East Japan Earthquake (2014).

Special support: Japan Camera Museum
Purpose: Photo project shooting elderly people and workers in nursing homes in disaster area of the Great East Japan Earthquake (Sendai) in 2014, using the large format view camera (8×10). Everlasting platinum/palladium prints of  these photographs have been donated to the respective home as a mementos of the 3 years anniversary of the disaster.

Photography Projects

🔶Photographic Presentations of Historical Art Work

UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara  (click venues for details)

Tōdaiji Temple - National Treasure of Japan

  • Seated bronze statue of Vairocana Buddha (Birushana or Rushana in Japanese), constructed in 8th century, Nara Period; restored in Kamakura and Edo Periods
  • Images of the World of the Lotus Sanctuary (Padma-garbha-loka-dhatu), 8th century, Nara Period (engraved on the lotus blossom petals of the Great Buddha)
  • Standing statue of Fukū Kensaku Kannon  (Amogha-pasa Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva), hollow dry lacquer, gold leaf over lacquer, 8th century, Nara Period, Hokke-dō  Hall
  • Standing statues of Nikkō Bosatsu (Surya-prabha Bodhisattva) and  Gakkō Bosatsu (Chandra-prabha Bodhisattva), colored clay, cut-gold foil on clay, 8th century, Nara Period, Tōdaiji Museum
  • Inner Sanktum of the Nigatsu-dō Hall (Raidō), 17th Century, Edo Period

Tōdaji Temple - Important Cultural Property of Japan

  • Wooden standing statue of Senju Kannon (Sahasrabhuja-arya-avalokitesvara) and standing statues of the Four Guardian Kings (Caturmahārāja) in the Zushi (a cupboard-like case with double doors),  Senju-do Hall of the Kaidan-in, 13th century, Kamakura Period
  • Wooden standing statue of Senju Kannon (Sahasrabhuja-arya-avalokitesvara) , 9-10th century, Heian Period
  • Wooden standing statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon (Eleven-Faced Avalokiteśvara; Ekādaśamukha) , Shigatsu-dō Hall, Heian Period
  • Curved Wooden Gigaku masks (Chidō, Konron, Suiko-ō , Suiko-ju, Baramon/Suiko-jū, Karura, Rikishi, Taikofu). 8th century, Nara Period

Kasuga-taisha Shrine - Important Cultural Property of Japan

  • Curved Wooden Bugaku masks (Chikyū Sanjiu, Korobase, Nasori, Kitoku -Koiguchi, Shintoriso)

Kasuga-taisha Shrine - Other Distinguished Cultural Assets

  • Curved Wooden Bugaku masks (Kitoku-Jinmen, Genjōraku, Ryō-ō, Batō, Ninomai, Kotokuraku, Somakusha)
  • Bugaku Costume (Ranryō-ō, Kitoku, Dakyū-raku, Koma-boko, Ban’e-shōzoku, Kochō, Azuma-asobi)
  • Curved Wooden Gigaku masks (used for Kōfukuji Busshō-e)
  • Kasuga Mandala
  • Kasuga Deer Mandala (Kasuga Shika Mandara)

etc.

Rituals / Ceremonies of Temples and Shrines of the UNESCO Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

Tōdaiji Temple, Kōfukuji Temple, Tōshōdaiji Temple, Yakushiji Temple, Gangōji Temple, Kasuga-taisha Shrine, etc.

Photographic Art of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

🔸Nōgaku Theatre

Mannojō Nomura V (Kyōgen performer, Izumi School of Kyōgen)

Hodaka Komparu (Shite-kata Noh performer, Komparu School of Noh)

Yukifusa Takeda, Tomoyuki Takeda, Fumiyuki Takeda (Shite-kata Noh performers, Kanze School of Noh)

etc.

 

🔸Gagaku (Bugaku)  Theatre

Nanto-gakuso Gagaku Troupe (Nara)

Shitenoji-gakuso Gagaku  Truope (Osaka)

Jizōe (Festival of Thousand Votive Lights), Gangoōiji Temple, Nara, Japan

Jizōe (Festival of Thousand Votive Lights), Gangoōiji Temple, Nara, Japan

🔶Photography Assignments (Miro Ito)

🔸Advertising Photography

Clients: Japan Airline, Nisshin Foods, Toray, Kanebo Cosmetics, etc.

 

🔸Portrait Photography

Politicians & Business/Economic Leaders (U.S.A) : 

(commissioned work for Weekly Toyo Keizai)

Professor Josef Stiglitz (Nobel Prize recipient in Economic Science), Robert Reich (former Secretary of Labor, 1993 -1997) , Peter G. Peterson (former Secretary of Commerce, 1972-1973), etc.

Artists & Designers (U.S.A.) :

(commissioned work for advertising assignments)

Vivianne Tam (for Toray), Cynthia Rowley (for Kanebo Cosmetic), etc.

Artists & Designers (International) : 

Daniel Libeskind, Tadao Ando, Toyo Ito (for Nikkei Architecture),  Issei Miyake (for Nikkei Design),  Alexander Neumeister (for Neumeister Design), Rafael Viñoly (for Bunka Shutter), Moiharu Shizume (for SME Families), Kyosuke Himuro (for Toshiba EMI; present Universal Music Japan), Toshiki Kadomatsu (for BMG; present Ariola Japan), DOZAN11/Miki Dozan (for Universal Music Japan), Maki Mori (for avex), etc.

Athelets

Andy Hug (former K-1 Grand Prix Champion, for Sports Illustrated “Number”), Marion Dietrich (former World Woman Body Building Champion [Master Class]), etc.

Andy Hug (former K-1 Grand Prix Champion) for "Number" magazine

Andy Hug (former K-1 Grand Prix Champion) for “Number” magazine

 

🔸Architectural Photography

Publications: Nikkei Architecture, Nikkei Construction, Office Age, Form, etc.

Clients: Downtown Group Architects, Klaus Roth Architekten, Iwamura Atelier, Tokyu Construction Co., Ltd., Design Labo, Takashimaya, etc.

Frankfurt Opera House (Architect: Klaus Roth, Lighting Design: Toyo Ito)

Frankfurt Opera House (Architect: Klaus Roth, Lighting Design: Toyo Ito)

🔸Still Life Photography

Origami Paper Art – Commissioned Work for Frankfurt Japanese Cultural Week

Glass Art for Nippon Care Communications, Co., Ltd.  etc.

 

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Web Media Production

🔶WEB Media Production

 

 

 

Part of the site top page (Left: Murō-ji Temple’s Eleven-faced Kannon statue, Centre: Tōdai-ji Temple’s Candraprabha Bodhisattva statue, Right: Tōdai-ji Temple’s Gigaku masks, Konron and Suiko-jū (below)

 

  • Corporate Website
    Client: Nippon Care Communications Co., Ltd.
    Conceived & Produced by Media Art League
    Photography & Text: Miro Ito
    English Copywriting: Andreas Boettcher
  • Web Design: Masafumi Umetsu

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  • CSR Project Website
    Client: Nippon Care Communications Co., Ltd.
    Conceived & Produced by Media Art League
    Photography & Text: Miro Ito
    English Title: Andreas Boettcher
  • Web Design: Masafumi Umetsu + Studio Shikumi

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Design Projects

🔶Logo Design

  • Digital Silk Road Museum

  • Japan Authentic Heritage Initiative

  • mementos of me (“Watakushi.” Project)
Crest for "mementos of me" project

Crest for “mementos of me” project

 

🔶Product Development

  • Zushi altar project (Nippon Care Communications)
  • Wings – Original product development project (ANA Trading)

🔶Creative Promotion

  • Japanese Cultural Week in Frankfurt, etc.