Creative Projects

Artwork Production

🔶Photo Exhibition & Short Movie Installation

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!” (7min.) 

Editorial Supervision: Tōdaiji Temple
Producer & Director: Miro Ito
Music Composer: Yasuhiro Morinaga
Media Art Producer: Shinpei Karachi (Studio Shikumi)
Editor/CG Creator: Yusuke Shigeta (Studio Shikumi)

※ Reference:《Our Work — Screenings》

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

Editorial Supervision: Kasuga-taisha Shrine + Kan’ichi Kasagi (Art & Music Director of Nanto-gakuso Gagaku Troupe)
Music & Performing Arts: Nanto-gakuso Gagaku Troupe
Producer & Director: Miro Ito
Media Art Producer: Shinpei Karachi (Studio Shikumi)
Editor/CG Creator: Yusuke Shigeta (Studio Shikumi)

※ Reference:《Our Work — Screenings》

"The Great Buddha Lives!” (7min./ Written, photographed and directed by Miro Ito, Editorial supervision: Tōdaiji Temple)

“The Great Buddha Lives!” (7min./ Written, photographed and directed by Miro Ito, Editorial supervision: Tōdaiji Temple)

 

🔶Short Movie Production

“Gigaku: Road of Masks” (7.5 min.)

Commissioned Work by the Tōdaiji Museum
Conceived & Produced by Media Art League
Written, photographed and directed by Miro Ito

Performers: Mannojo Nomura V., ACT.JT, Ethnos
Gigaku masks:Collection of Tōdaiji Temple (Important Cultural Property of Japan/Nara Period), ShinGigaku masks (produced by Mannojo Nomura)
Music : Sukeyasu Shiba
Editorial supervision: Kan’ichi Kasagi (Art & Music Director of Nanto-gakuso Gagaku Troupe)
English text editor: Andreas Boettcher
Editor/CG Creator: Yusuke Shigeta (Studio Shikumi)

Gigaku Mask of Tōdaiji Temple: Suiko-ō Important Cultural Property of Japan Production Year: 744 AD Photo by Miro Ito

Gigaku Mask of Tōdaiji Temple: Suiko-ō
Important Cultural Property of Japan
Production Year: 744 AD
Photo by Miro Ito

Gigaku mask (8th century, Tōdaiji Temple, Important Cultural Property of Japan [left]) + ShinGigaku mask (Mannojo Nomura V. [right])

Gigaku mask (8th century, Tōdaiji Temple, Important Cultural Property of Japan [left]) + ShinGigaku mask (Mannojo Nomura V. [right])

🔶Cultural Lecture & Slideshow Presentation

Lecture of Mannojo Nomura V, commemorating the 100 years anniversary of the Nippon Club, 2003, NY
Organizer: The Nippon Club
Slideshow Presentation: 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)

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

  • Corporate Website
    Client: Nippon Care Communications Co., Ltd.
    Conceived & Produced by Media Art League
    Web Design: Masafumi Umetsu
    Photography & Text: Miro Ito
    English Copywriting: Andreas Boettcher
    http://cp.care-com.co.jp/

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  • CSR Project Website
    Client: Nippon Care Communications Co., Ltd.
    Conceived & Produced by Media Art League
    Web Design: Masafumi Umetsu + Studio Shikumi
    Photography & Text: Miro Ito
    English Title: Andreas Boettcher
    http://cp.care-com.co.jp/watashi.project/

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Design Projects

🔶Product Development

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

 

🔶Logo Design

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

Crest for “mementos of me” project

 

🔶Creative Promotion

  • Japanese Cultural Week in Frankfurt, etc.