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‘Honey Island’: Malta Gets Spotlight In Tokyo With A Nostalgic Photograph Exhibition

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A Japanese photographer has captured Malta’s iconic scenes in an exhibition called “Honey Island” and it will remind you why thousands flocked to the gorgeous islands in pre-pandemic days.

Kimiko Akimoto spoke to Lovin Malta about how she wanted to share her love of the island with her fellow nationals back in Tokyo.

“I first came to Malta back in 2008 to study English. I was fascinated by the island and I have always longed to go back again. But because of personal circumstances, I never got the chance to return,” she said.

So, after the Embassy of Malta opened its doors in Tokyo last September, she felt inspired to host an exhibition.

“I wanted to share my photographs with the Japanese public. The aim was to make Malta known in Japan.”

It was love at first sight for Akimoto. When she first arrived, she was immediately drawn to Malta’s ancient gems, its people and views.

“I was attracted by the great scenery, vividly-coloured ocean, and Maltese people with their friendly and hospitable character,” the photographer mused.

In fact, she said, one of her works captures the face of a “kind man” who helped her get around during her time on the islands, camera always in hand to snap her favourite spots.

Malta felt like home for the photographer. Why? She believes that the archipelago and Japan have more in common than people initially think.

“Both are island nations surrounded by the sea, people are a little shy but hardworking, and the towns and landscapes are both dynamic with gentle features. Therefore, Malta can be very appealing to the Japanese people.”

More than a decade since she came to Malta, Akimoto’s works were hung up in a gallery in the heart of Tokyo. There, Akimoto could be seen donning a filigree necklace, an intricate, traditional piece of Maltese jewellery made of silver.

She’s also a huge fan of Kinnie, she told Lovin Malta. In fact, she had a few cans of it exhibited at the entrance of the show.

Akimoto’s exhibition was open from the 24th to 28th February 2021 at Pictorico Art Gallery in Omotesando, Tokyo. It was personally visited by the Embassy and Ambassador of Malta.

What do you think of her work? Comment below! 

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Sam is an over-caffeinated artist fighting for a cooler and freer world, one article, song or impromptu protest at a time. Hit her up with thought-provoking ideas or dreams at [email protected] or @princess.wonderful on Instagram.

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