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SPOTLIGHT: Digital Portraits Illustrations by hi a.k.a. xhxix

hi aka xhxix is a Japan-based visual artist who combines photography, painting, and digital special effects to create stunning surrealist works. Armed with a vivid imagination and enigmatic personality, the mysterious Morimoe has been able to create images that look at the fragility of traumatized and abused youth.

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Spotlight: Tokyo

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

As the largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo offers many places for Instagrammers to explore. From the crowds at the world-famous Shibuya Crossing to the city’s spectacular skyscrapers, there’s no shortage of scenes to capture and share in Japan’s capital. If you time your visit right, you can even catch a sumo tournament at Ryōgoku Kokugikan or cherry blossoms in bloom.

Tokyo is also home to a thriving Instagram community with frequent InstaMeets and photo walks. Here are just a few Instagrammers sharing their city with the world:

  • Tomoyasu Koyanagi, serene photos from in and around the city — @10_ya
  • @mamotoraman, colorful photos and bicycle tricks — @mamotoraman
  • Kohji Matsubayashi, a father capturing moments with his young daughter — @kohji405mi16
  • Azuma Suguru, minimalist photos that play with light and shadows — @airnude

By the way, we’re hiring in Tokyo! Join the Instagram community team — check out the job description and apply.

Japan Spotlight - Tashiro-jima (Cat Island)

Japan Spotlight – Tashiro-jima (Cat Island)

Tashiro-jima is a small island off the mainland of Japan in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. It doesn’t have a large population, consisting of approximately 100 which is down from the 1000 that inhabited the island during the 50′s. One of the reasons…

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US 1st lady visits Japan to showcase girls' education aid - Business Standard

US 1st lady visits Japan to showcase girls’ education aid – Business Standard

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Japan’s NHK Broadcasting spotlights sports with new Rio bureau


#OlympicGames #Tokyo2020 [Examiner]The goal, of course, is to steadily build the audience for both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The bureau is lead by a veteran Olympic sports reporter. This is a global effort. International audiences can see many of the broadcasts in …
Japan’s NHK Broadcasting spotlights sports with new Rio bureau


#OlympicGames #Tokyo2020 [Examiner]The goal, of course, is to steadily build the audience for both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The bureau is lead by a veteran Olympic sports reporter. This is a global effort. International audiences can see many of the broadcasts in …
Japan’s NHK Broadcasting spotlights sports with new Rio bureau


#OlympicGames #Tokyo2020 [Examiner]The goal, of course, is to steadily build the audience for both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The bureau is lead by a veteran Olympic sports reporter. This is a global effort. International audiences can see many of the broadcasts in …
Japan’s NHK Broadcasting spotlights sports with new Rio bureau


#OlympicGames #Tokyo2020 [Examiner]The goal, of course, is to steadily build the audience for both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The bureau is lead by a veteran Olympic sports reporter. This is a global effort. International audiences can see many of the broadcasts in …
Japan’s NHK Broadcasting spotlights sports with new Rio bureau


#OlympicGames #Rio2016 [Examiner]The goal, of course, is to steadily build the audience for both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The bureau is lead by a veteran Olympic sports reporter. This is a global effort. International audiences can see many of the broadcasts in …