Japanese grandmother fascinates public with self portraits


Kimiko Nishimoto, an 89-year-old grandmother, holds a camera remote in her hand while strung on a clothesline to snap a humorous selfie. Her work is being shown in a Tokyo gallery this month.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Kimiko Nishimoto


Kimiko Nishimoto’s love of photography came from a beginner’s photography workshop she took from her son. She was 72, a Japanese grandmother who had never used a camera in her life and was certainly not aware that her photos would later be shared worldwide and seen in art shows.

At 82, according to Japan Inside, she had her first solo exhibit in a local museum in her hometown of Kumamoto.

According to Booooooo.com, she “furthered her skills by taking courses on digital editing to manipulate her images.”

Now 89, Nishimoto’s current exhibit which features previously unseen, humorous self portraits at Tokyo’s Epson Imaging Gallery is titled “Asobokane” or “Let’s Play.” It started Dec. 15 and runs until Jan. 18.

Although she takes photos of flowers, it’s her self portraits, some in costumes and outfits, arranged in a humorous way, that have sparked the public’s interest in her, with numerous stories about Nishimoto in Japan and on Bored Panda and Konbini websites worldwide. 

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