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Syoin Kajii photo exhibition “Hana-chan of the temple” will be held from April 6th (Sat) to April 14th (Sun)

Chignitta will be holding a photo exhibition of ``Hana-chan of the Temple'' by Syoin Kajii from April 6th (Saturday).

Every day with Hana, a Shiba dog who lives at a temple in a marginal village on the northernmost tip of Sado Island. Please enjoy each frame of the daily life written by the author, who is a monk and a photographer, in photos and text.

Syoin Kajii, Masakazu Takei Gallery Talk Saturday, April 6th from 3pm  


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Syoin Kajii Photo Exhibition “Exhibition Hana-chan at the Temple”

Venue: Chignitta Space (Takagi Building 1F back, 1-13-21 Kyomachibori, Nishi-ku, Osaka)

Period: April 6th (Sat) - 14th (Sun), 2024

Time: 13:00-19:00 / No reservation required / Free admission

Syoin Kajii, Masakazu Takei Gallery Talk Saturday, April 6th from 3pm


It was September 2020 when Hana, a Shiba Inu, came to the temple on the northernmost tip of Sado Island where I live.

I was stuck living with my grandmother, whose dementia was progressing.

He happened to meet Hana on the mainland of Niigata and decided to welcome her to the temple.

When Hana first arrived, we were in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

My grandmother had cancer and was becoming forgetful.

There were days when I was saved by the sight of Hana, who was wearing no clothes.

Eventually, I started photographing my grandmother and Hana's daily life.

It has now been published as a book. We will exhibit a selection of them.

Syoin Kajii


Syoin Kajii

Born in 1976, from Niigata Prefecture. Graduated from the Department of Esoteric Buddhism at Koyasan University in 1999. Trained at Mt. Koya from 1995 to 1999. He travels to countries around the world such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Papua New Guinea, actively conducting research and walking around the world. In 2004, he won the first Foil Award for his series of photographs of Sado's waves, and published the photo book ``NAMI''. For this work, he won the 2005 Newcomer Award from the Photographic Society of Japan. Currently, he is working as a photographer while working as a Shingon Buddhist monk on Sado Island. Other works include ``Marginal Village'' (photos + reportage) and photo books ``KAWA'', ``HARBIN 2009-2012'', and ``DIVE TO BANGLADESH''.

Photo book “Hana-chan at the temple”

(Teruin Kajii / Little More) ¥1,980 (tax included) Sold at the venue.

Access to the venue: 5 minutes walk north from Exit 28 of Honmachi Station on the Midosuji Line/Yotsubashi Line, 5 minutes walk south from Exit 7 of Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi Line.


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