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With great pleasure we worked with KAWAI-san in Tokyo at the Beautiful Whale Project exhibition of Bryant Austin’s photographs in December 2010. KAWAI was then premiering his “light animal” presentation of swimming humpback whales. During the two week exhibition, there was considerable evolution as these humpbacks learned to swim.

Since then, with each passing month, KAWAI’s moving images have become more graceful and lifelike.

Please check out KAWAI’s facebook site.!/kawai.haruyoshi/posts/291769864245080


Location: Yokohama red brick warehouse in JAPAN

Days and Hours: 19th and 20th May 2012, 18:00-21:00

Admission: free

To find out more about KAWAI’s work, it's all here:

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To learn more about the Beautiful Whale Project’s previous work setting up and hosting a successful Tokyo exhibition and a symposium at the United Nations University in Tokyo, both in December 2010, please select the menu items above.


The Beautiful Whale Project joined with Whale and Dolphin Conservation, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Hunter Hall Investment Ltd. to help Japanese Whale Watching affected by the tsunami of 2011. In December 2011 we presented a cheque to a whale watching operator in Choshi who had lost his seaside office in the tsunami. Fortunately his boat survived and he has returned to offering whale watching tours although the town’s dock was only slowly being rebuilt. Through 2012 we have been helping other whale watching projects in Hokkaido, Okinawa and other locations around Japan.

In June 2014, more than a hundred Japanese whale enthusiasts, local and international conservation groups, media and interested public met in downtown Tokyo for a one-day symposium to mark the formation of the Japan Whale Dolphin Watching Council (JWDC). The new group aims to promote whale and dolphin watching in at least a dozen remote coatal communities where tourism and fresh ideas for economic development are being welcomed. The JWDC has put together a facebook page, website and made links with local and national tourism departments. In time, the group hopes to attract travellers from other parts of Asia, North America and Europe. As of 2008, the last year for which figures are available, an estimated 200,000 people a year, almost all from within Japan, took whale watching trips, spending at least $22 million USD in total expenditure.

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Japanese artist KAWAI Haruyoshi project his “light animal” show of life-size whales on the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse in Japan, 19-20 May 2012. You can see fantastic images and short videos at