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EXHIBITION: WITHIN THE CIRCLES OF LIFE
29th January - 5th February
Olympus presents a photographic exhibition by Olympus mentor, wildlife photographer and writer Rob Cottle. Rob’s images and words were used as part of a commission for the Japanese Ministry of the Environment to promote the natural beauty of the Akan-Mashu National Park in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. This exhibition also includes images capturing the bustle of Tokyo.
The Akan-Mashu National Park landscape has been sculpted over centuries by volcanic activity. The volcanoes here once gave life but also feel like they are still giving. Sulphur infused plumes escape like condensation from a breath, boiling waters seep into rivers and lakes and its ancient collapsed walls continue to wrap around its nature, giving protection ‘within the circles of life’.
Visiting here is like entering a nature lovers’ playground with wildlife around every corner, spectacular vistas, cobalt blue lakes, volcanic mountains as though asleep exhale steam from the depths of the earth and emerald forests that entice you in, as though to be embraced by Mother Nature.
The Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, have a greeting ‘Irankarapte’ but rather than a simple western ‘hello’, it has a far more reaching message. It translates as ‘allow me to softly touch your heart’ and that is exactly what Hokkaido does.
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