in Yamagata prefecture, Japan in 1958, AOYAGI KENJI grew up in Kahoku
Town, north-west of Yamagata City.
He studied mechanical engineering at Yamagata University.
When he was the fourth-year student, had a year leave of absence from
university, traveled Europe for eight months. He discovered photography
After graduating from university he began to study photography by
Over a period of ten years, he repeatedly visited the mountains of
China's Yunnan Province to photograph the Mekong River and the ethnic
minorities indigenous to the area.
Over a period of five years, he visited the other Southeast Asian
countries through which the Mekong flows to complete his photographic
record of the river, its banks.
His photographs and articles have been published in various Japanese
newspapers and magazines. His photograph books and CD-ROM about Mekong
River have been published in Japan and USA in1995. His work has also
been exhibited in Japan.
His theme of photograph is "Asian Rice Terrace and Culture"
after "the Mekong". He visited Yunnan, Guizhou,Guangxi province,China.
And Philippines,Indonesia,Vietnam,Korea,Thailand and so on.Finally,
he visited more than 134 rice terraces in Japan.
His book "One Hundred
Japanese Rice Terrace"has been published in Japan in 2002.His
work about "Asian Rice Terrace"has also been exhibited.
no tanada, Nihon no tanada"(means " Asian rice terrace")
is published in Japan in 2004.His work has been exhibited again.
arukeba"(means " Walking around the rice terraces")
is published in Japan in 2007.
Tsunami hit the northern-east coast of Japanese Honshu-island on 11
March 2011. He began to take photographs of Sakura Cherry blossoms
in disaster areas.His new book "HANAWARAU(blooming) Cherry blossoms
and the recovery in disaster areas" has been published and exhibited