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Japan's 89-year-old cosplaying granny opens new photo exhibition in Tokyo

The grandmother who happily photoshops herself being run over on the street will be meeting fans at an exclusive one-night talk event during her show.

While some people have been dressing up in costume and taking selfies of themselves since they were teenagers, for others, like 89-year-old Japanese grandmother Kimiko Nishimoto, this joyful sense of fun comes at a much later stage in life.

In fact, Nishimoto hadn’t ever learned how to use a camera until she turned 71, but since then photography has quickly become her number one passion. After taking up digital courses to broaden her photo editing skills, the spritely octogenarian created a portfolio of unique self portraits which attracted the attention of Adobe, who hired her to be their “2017 Nengajo New Year’s Card Format Art Director”.

▼ Nishimoto first came to everyone’s attention last year, after she photoshopped herself into a variety of unnerving roadside situations.

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▼ Her sense of humour even saw her dropping a shovel on her head.

Now she’s continuing with her roadside shenanigans, this time in a new exhibition to be held in Tokyo for a limited time from this December.

▼ Her new collection of works will also introduce us to some of her new costumed characters.

▼ Nishimoto loves to dress up, styling herself with her own outfits for some of her quirkier self-portraits.

Though her images are humorous, Nishimoto takes her work seriously, putting a lot of time and effort into creating each photo, setting up the shots herself and using professional equipment to achieve her unique looks.

Nishimoto has quite a following in Japan, and when her new exhibition was announced, it immediately received attention from fans, particularly as the official pamphlet contained news of a special talk by the artist, to be held from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday 16 December.

The talk event will be a rare chance to meet the Photoshop-loving artist in person and find out more about her life and inspirations. If you’re unable to make it to the talk event, though, Nishimoto’s new collection will still be on display until 18 January, with free entry, so you can enjoy all her quirky selfies.

Exhibition Information

Kimiko Nishimoto Asobo ka ne Photo Exhibition
epsite / エプサイト
Address: Tokyo-to, Shinjuku-ku, Bishi Shinjuku 2-1-1 Shinjuku Mitsui Building 1F
東京都新宿区西新宿2-1-1 新宿三井ビル1階
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (15 December-18 January) Closed Sundays and 28 Dec-4 Jan; open until 2:00 p.m. on 18 January
Website

Source: Seiko Epson Corp
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