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Wednesday, 19 May 2010



Nana Kashimoto hosted :

Photo exhibition

Nana Kashimoto

One of her exhibits

Nana Kashimoto a Japanese National resident in Sri Lanka for the past 22 years will present her latest Photographic Exhibition titled ‘Loving Kindness’ at Alliance Francaise de Colombo from May 21 to 24. The Public are invited to view this quality photographic exhibition.

When Kashimoto arrived in Sri Lanka in 1976 with her husband little did she realise that one day she would become a famous photographer herself.

At first she was only an amateur photographer but today she has many photographic exhibitions to her credit. She has held many joint exhibitions with her husband and also solo exhibitions, here and abroad.

She is a resident guest. She has studied the culture, traditions & history of the country and has travelled extensively in the island. She is fascinated by the beauty of the country with it’s golden beaches, misty hills, cultural heritage and the hospitality of the people.

She first exhibited her photographs with her husband in 1985 titled ‘Cultural Triangle at work’. She has held many joint exhibitions with her husband since then, titled ‘The Land of the rising Sun’, Historic Monuments in fort of Galle and ‘Multiple Facets of Sri Lanka’. In the same year the above two exhibitions were held in Paris, France.

That same year the husband & wife duo held another exhibition in Sri Lanka titled ‘Oh! Paris’.

Her first solo photographic exhibition was held way back in 1985 titled ‘Sri Lanka my home from home’.

Since then she has held many solo photographic exhibitions.

In 2001 The Rotary Foundation selected her work for the publishing of their Greeting Card.

Once in her message for Kashimoto’s exhibition, the French Ambassador Elizabeth Dahan called her a ‘Cosmopolitan Artist’ through whose photographs a new culture appears to be in the melting pot. According to her a mixed approach is evident in her photographs in which delicacy & visual acuity blend into a free flow of harmony.

Nana Kashimoto was born as a descendant of ‘Seiwa Genji’ to a Mahayana Buddhist family, but now follows theravada Buddhism.

She studied the Dhammapada under late Ven. Professor Dhammavihari.

Although the photographer Kashimoto has lost her husband, she has made Sri Lanka her home since she doesn’t feel alone amongst the friendly people of Sri Lanka. She works as a Reporter for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and is also a member of the Rotary Club.

Her work has been published in a number of magazines & newspapers in Japan. She has sold her photographs here as well as abroad.

Proceeds from the Sale of Photographs will be donated to charity by Kashimoto, the exhibition will be held at the Alliance Francaise de Colombo Auditorium at 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.


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