Renjo Shimo-oka Memorial
Public Art: Renjo Shimo-oka Memorial
Sculptor: © Mitsuaki Tanabe
Description: The bronze sculpture of a box camera
balanced atop a oval type plinth is dedicated to Renjo Shimo-oka (1823-1914), the first Japanese
Date Unveiled: 1987
Location: The Renjo Shimo-oka Memorial is located
outside the Bashamichi Square Building, Yokohama, Japan.
"In Memory of Renjo Shimo-oka, Founder of Photography in Japan"
Things You May Not Know About Renjo Shimo-Oka:
Shimo-oka is famous for photographing the fire which broke out on SS America while docked in Yokohama
He is also the founder of lithography in Japan.
Shimo-oka learned the art of photography from Dutchman Henry C.J. Heusken, who was an interpreter for the first
U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
Japanese Sculptor Mitsuaki Tanabe is well known for creating wild rice seed sculptures. On April 1, 2008 his
9metre, 250kg "A Seed of Wild Rice MOMI-2008," sculpture was installed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust at
its headquarters in the U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) building in Rome.