23-24 June 2012: Himalaya – Changing Landscapes photo exhibition at Nihon University in Tokyo

Since 2011, a series of an ICIMOD Photo Exhibition, Himalaya – Changing Landscapes, has been organized in different parts of Japan under the overall coordination of Mr Ken Ichiro Noda, a member of the Himalaya Adventure Trust – Japan (HAT-J).

The most recent exhibition was held 23–24 June 2012 at Nihon University in Setagaya, Tokyo in conjunction with a symposium to revisit the International Year of Mountains a decade after it was originally recognized. Participants of the symposium viewed the exhibition with great interest and found the material extremely informative. These exhibitions have generated awareness and interest among Japanese audiences on the fragile state of the Himalayas and the changes that are taking place due to climatic variability and other drivers of change.
Along with the captivating photo exhibition, presentations at the symposium also highlighted issues in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH). Dr Hermann Kreutzmann, professor at Freie Universitaet, Berlin, Germany, opened the symposium with a keynote speech on adaptation to the changing environment in the HKH region. Other presentations were made on social changes resulting from the impacts of climate change, the prevention of glacial lake outburst floods in Bhutan, and other relevant topics. Presentations on the second day focused on problems associated with Japanese mountains and mountaineering and disasters in Japan– mainly the East Japan Great Earthquake and the nuclear power plant disaster. The symposium was organized by Prof Kazuo Mizushima and Prof Yasuhiro Ochiai of Nihon University and Prof Teiji Watanabe of Hokkaido University. Officers of Japan’s leading mountaineering organizations also took part in the programme.

Two more exhibitions are planned:
  • 17 July – 25 August at Osaka University, which will also feature a presentation on climate change and the lives of the people in the HKH region by Mr Ken Ichiro Noda on 17 August
  • late August to 20 September at the Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum in Toyama Prefecture in the foothills of the Hida Mountains, where Japan’s first glaciers were discovered