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Nikon Was Almost Named ‘Nikorette’

In a documented but little-known fact, Nikon was very close to being instead named "Nikorette." The name was only changed when executives were afraid that the word sounded "weak."

Mt. Fuji’s 5 Best Landscape Photography Locations

I have been visiting the surrounding areas of Mt. Fuji for the last ten years and would have to say the easiest way to get around quickly is in a hire car. Most of the best viewing points are from the lakes and hilltops. The distances to each lake with public transport are far and not frequently available.

Leica Unveils the Leitz Phone 1: 1-Inch Sensor, B&W UI, and Lens Cap

Leica is launching its own smartphone --the Leitz Phone 1 -- that will be exclusively available through Softbank in Japan when it becomes available in Japan. While it's a Leica phone, it shares the same guts as the Aquos R6, a smartphone that boasts a 1-inch sensor camera that Sharp announced in partnership with Leica in May.

Great Reads in Photography: March 21, 2021

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy-reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

These Photos of Fireflies in Japan are Magical

In the summer, around June and July, firefly season kicks into full swing in Japan and watching (and photographing) the natural light show is a popular pastime. Photographer Daniel Kordan shot a beautiful set of photos that captures the magic of hotaru season.

Hands On: Street Photography with the Ricoh GR3 in Japan

I've always tried to create visual content with the highest possible quality and resolution, paying a lot of attention to detail and composition. In the beginning of my career that meant using large and medium formats, but lately, one of my favorite cameras is quite the opposite.

How Hand-Painted Photographs Helped Introduce Japan to the World

When you see the term "colorized photo" you probably imagine skilled retouchers working in Photoshop, or perhaps a machine learning algorithm that does that same work automatically. But the original colorized photos were hand-painted prints made from glass plate negatives. And, as Vox explains, the best of these images came out of Japan.

Restoring and Using One of the Rarest Cameras on the Planet

Arizona-based journalist and photographer Jim Headley recently set out on a "mission" to shoot an ultra-rare Japanese twin lens reflex camera called the Taroflex. Only 10 of these cameras are thought to still exist, and Headley is the proud owner of a fully-functioning copy in "excellent condition."