Delivering Japanese and Asian Photography to the World

Established in 2012, shashasha is an online photobook store aimed at making Japanese and Asian photography more accessible to a worldwide audience. Created first as an online archive available through an iPad application, shashasha evolved into an online webstore which aims to provide a platform for publishers and artists to expand their audience. The core goal of shashasha is to allow and encourage its visitors to engage with Japanese and Asian photography.

shashasha’s collection of photobooks ranges from rare and out-of-print artists books to recent and popular publications. Based in Tokyo, Japan, shashasha plays an active role in the dynamic and expanding Asian photographic sphere, supporting both publishers and artists by providing a space in which their works become be easily accessible to the entire world at minimal cost.


Founder - Mark Pearson

Born 1960 in New Castle, England. Graduated from Emmanuel College Cambridge. Moved to Japan in 1981. Made a career in finance business and in 1998 established an investment company. A collector of Japanese photography and contemporary art. In 2009, started ZEN Foto Gallery in Roppongi Tokyo, which mainly introduces Japanese and Chinese photography.

CEO - Hiroshi Onishi

Born 1966 in Tokyo, Japan. Graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University, Department of Economics. After working for securities firm and bank etc, started Qlam Art Co. Ltd in 2005. Issuer of free paper“Article”. Radio personality of “Bunka Shien Monogatari” on Radio NIKKEI.

Design direction - Yizhen Lin

Born in Taiwan. Moved to Japan in 2009. Graduated from Musashino Art University Design Major Master’s degree. In charge of project management and design at shashasha.

Book direction - Misako Tomita

Born in 1973. After having worked at Aoyama Book Center and Osiris Publishing, Misako Tomita joined shashasha in 2015 and is primarily responsible for purchasing & managing the books in shashasha’s library.

Company Profile

Company: shashasha Co., Ltd.
Capital: 10 million JPY
Office Location: Shibuya Ibis bldg. #B1F, 2-17-3 Shibuya Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002, JAPAN
Establishment: June 2012
Primary Business:

  • Development/Management of Websites
  • Sale of artbooks, photobooks, prints

Office hours

Open Monday – Friday (excluding holidays) from 10:00 - 17:00
There may be delays in correspondence and/or order processing during the following Japanese national holidays:

  • New Year’s Holidays
  • Golden Week
  • Obon Holiday

shashasha is an online bookshop only. We do not have a physical store.
All of our items are stored, handled and prepared for shipping in our warehouse. Resultingly, we do not offer counter selling of our items at our Shibuya head office.

We purchase our items directly from artists and publishers. For new sales inquiries, please contact us at info@shashasha.jp

For detailed, up-to-date information regarding book fairs and festivals we participate in, please click here.