ITOCHU Announces New Exhibition at ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE: Sachi Murai Photo Exhibition -- FantaSea

May 12, 2016

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) opened ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE in the CI Plaza, a commercial facility situated next to ITOCHU’s Tokyo Head Office, in October 2012. The gallery was part of ITOCHU’s social contribution activities, with the aim of developing the future generation through art, contributing to the local community, and promoting both local and international art and culture.

A new exhibition entitled “Sachi Murai Photo Exhibition – FantaSea” will be held at ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE. This exhibition will show underwater photographs taken by Sachi Murai, a photographer who takes photographs under the sea around the world. The photographs for the exhibition were selected from among those that Murai has taken over the last 20 years. Through his photographs, Murai provides visitors with a sense of healing and shows them the dreamy world under water. Today, oceans around the world face a number of problems, such as marine pollution, a decrease in coral reef areas, and the overexploitation of fishery resources. The ultimate aim of the exhibition is to help preserve biodiversity, and it will express the mysterious power and beauty of the sea to let many people know the importance of protecting our “Only One Earth” and its environment.

Sachi Murai Photo Exhibition -- FantaSea

Sponsor Sachi Murai Photo Works
Co-sponsor ITOCHU Corporation
Collaborators Asukanet Co.,Ltd., Intel Corporation, Olympus Corporation, Dell Inc., Nishikawana Ocean Park, K.K. PADI Asia Pacific Japan, FUJIFILM Corporation
Period Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 24, 2016
Hours 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Open every day during the exhibition period
Admission Free
CI Plaza B1F, 2-3-1 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
TEL: 03-5772-2913
  • Talk shows and workshops are scheduled to be held during the exhibition period.
    Talk show guests: Junji Takasago (photogtapher) and several others



Profile of Sachi Murai


Murai entered the world of photography after working as a diving instructor on a small island in Okinawa. He worked as a photographer for MARINE ART CENTER Co., Ltd., a publisher of magazines on diving, resorts, and other topics before going independent as a freelance photographer. He currently does a wide range of work, such as taking underwater photographs, photographs for resorts, and landscape photographs for mainly magazines and advertisements. He also writes photo essays. His primary goal is to “make people happy through photography,” and he continues to take photographs of happy moments through his own filter. In addition to taking photographs under the sea,
he also takes photographs at different locations all around the world,
and spends most of the year out in the field.

- Camera Suki (Love Camera) 1 & 2, My Comi Mook
- ALOHEART, a photography art book, Life Design Books
- Hikari to Iro no Shashin no Kyokasho (Textbook on Light and Color in Photography), a book written with other authors, Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.
- Kiseki no Shima (The Island of Miracles), Shogakukan
- Lino Lino, a photography art book, Life Design Books

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