About shashasha

Delivering Japanese and Asian Photography to the World

shashasha was started in 2013 with the aim of delivering Asian photography to a worldwide audience.

With a selection of over 1200 titles, including artist prints and vintage photobooks, shashasha’s diverse artist line-up ranges from rare titles by photography icons such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, Kazuo Kitai, Keizo Kitajima and Takashi Hamaguchi to works by vibrant newcomers.

In Fall 2016, we began to widen our selection to include publications by selected photobook publishers from all over the world.

shashasha’s aims

The distribution of photobooks is extremely limited, and it is nigh impossible for an independent publisher to enter the national and global distribution systems. Artists want their work to be seen by the largest possible audience and publishers would like to give people a chance to buy their books. We conceived shashasha as a way of making our books accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.


Representative - 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 Photo 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.

Advisor - Takayuki Ishii

Founder of the Japan’s representative art gallery Taka Ishii Gallery. Mainly handles photography and plays an active part of contemporary art, both in Japan and internationally. The artists of the gallery include leading figures in the photography world such as Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama, and also young rising artists.

Designer - Yizhen Lin

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