27.08.10 by Jeff

Kotori Kawashima

Photos by Kotori Kawashima, from his beautiful book “Mirai-Chan”. Mirai is Kotori’s daughter and quite possibly the cutest little girl in the universe. I need two copies of this book so I can give one to Jennilee. Someone help me find a place to buy it!

photographer photography kotori kawashima

photographer photography kotori kawashima

photographer photography kotori kawashima

photographer photography kotori kawashima

photographer photography kotori kawashima

photographer photography kotori kawashima

photographer photography kotori kawashima

via: jennileezero1blog

I am going to check back on Napa Books everyday until it is re-stocked.





  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/little_lido/ lido Pimienta

    I want her and my son to get married.

    Amazing shots-I am dying of love and tenderness over here.

  • http://www.jennileemarigomen.com jennilee

    kawaii!!

  • Erin

    What adorable candids! That little girl has such an expressive face. Loving #1, 4 & 5. AND THE FLUFFY PUPPY!!! I’m more of a dog person… :)

  • http://creativemelancholic.wordpress.com Amy

    Her round reddish cheeks are so precious!

  • lapetitefaon

    ahhhh! her cheeks! are the cutest!

  • http://flickr.com/shawn-photos Shawn Adams

    I absolutely despise babies. but this one is so adorable for some reason!

    • http://neko13usagi.tumblr.com tainted pure

      OH MY GOD. i totally understand how you feel
      i never really liked babies, but this girl is just so freaking adorable
      i love her expressive face, haha!

  • http://colourmad.net/blog/ Camille

    That is sooo cute!

  • Layla Kawashima

    i wanna squeeeeeeeeeeze her. only.

  • http://elinevandenbroeck.net Eline

    I love these so much, and I don’t even like kids. Therefore these must be master pieces.

    No seriously, that kid is ridiculously adorable.

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  • http://niffyat.tumblr.com Tiffany

    Aww, this kid is super cute!

    But….

    why would you want an entire book of photos of someone else’s kid…? The idea of that is… well, I don’t know how to describe it…
    Although I suppose it’s like having a calendar with cute kids in it? I guess to me it’s one thing to acknowledge how adorable this child is, but to keep a book of her on your coffee table, somehow that makes me uncomfortable. Anyone with a different POV care to explain why you’d get this book? I’m just curious to hear a different opinion.

    • http://elinevandenbroeck.net Eline

      This book isn’t about “someone’s daughter”, but a whole person. You see a person’s life reflected in this book. Not just “a kid”. A child is a person too, you know.

      • lapetitefaon

        Eline, I don’t think that Tiffany finds the concept weird in particular because it is a baby but just because why have a collection of photos of just one random person who is disconnected from your life whether it be baby or adult? On its face I suppose it is a little strange to have intimate photos of someone you don’t know on your coffee table but a person can be inspired by the lives of others! I love the photos Sally Mann took of her three children in the early 90’s they are still hauntingly beautiful even if I do not know her family, and the same with the photos of Ryan McGinley and other photographers who use their close friends as their subjects, even if I do not know the people who are the photos subjects I can find the photos of them beautiful and inspiring. Kawashima’s photos capture a child who is just now getting to know the world! Beautiful photos of big-eyed babies can inspire you to be more awe of the world around you, even if its not your baby!

      • http://niffyat.tumblr.com Tiffany

        I think I should just look at more portrait photography. I usually look at still life, animals, and landscapes, so I need to explore the world of portraiture. Thanks for the recommendation of those photographers.

    • nina

      i think its more like art pictures, like pictures someone may have of paintings, sculptures,ect. i mean, these pictures are really beautiful in how theyre made. the kid is cute, & they arrre a bunch of pics of a kid, but i think of them like art images. in a way, its not really about the kid as an individual person to just stare at, thatd be creepy.

  • http://elinevandenbroeck.net Eline

    lapetitefaon, I just assumed she found the child thing weird as a lot (if not, most) photography these days are all telling stories about a stranger for the viewer, but a friend/lover for the photographer. Through the lens of the photographer you get to know the person, and that’s what so beautiful about it.

    I don’t see anything strange about one whole book filled with pictures of only one person. It must’ve been done before, no?

    “Kawashima’s photos capture a child who is just now getting to know the world! Beautiful photos of big-eyed babies can inspire you to be more awe of the world around you, even if its not your baby!”

    Yes, exactly!

    • lapetitefaon

      Oh no, I guess I wasn’t very clear, I didn’t mean strange because the photos were all of one person but because they are all of just some RANDOM person that’s what I assumed Tiffany found strange. A whole book on your coffee table dedicated to just some RANDOM person’s daughter. After all we are used to seeing photo collections documenting the lives of famous people that’s easily justified by “they are interesting to look at because they did such and such…” but photo books of random people are less popular because as Tiffany said “photos of someone else’s kid?!” but that’s why I love it! Just some random, cute kid, ordinary life is beautiful!

      • http://niffyat.tumblr.com Tiffany

        Yes, when you put it that way, I don’t think it’s that uncomfortable any more. Thanks for helping me see another POV :D

      • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

        ya totally, i like the celebration of totally unfamous people

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

    im not sure why it matters that the entire book features the girl? why do people want portraits of anyone they don’t know? celebrity or otherwise? a beautiful photo is a beautiful photo

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

    another photographer who shoots portraits of her own daughter:

    Robin Schwartz
    http://www.booooooom.com/2009/06/15/robin-schwartz-photography/

  • Ellie

    This reminds me of going through my friends photo-book when i visit, which is why i like these so much.

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  • http://www.illfollowbeyondyou.blogspot.com Hassan

    this is stuff is pretty tight.

    Takashi Homma did a series of his daugther too :)
    http://www.nieves.ch/catalogue/takashi.html

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  • wisteriabamboo

    it might be too late to comment but Mirai is NOT a daughter of the photographer who is a male. She is his friend’s daughter who lives a bit far from he lives so he tried to spend with her as long as he could and captured all those moments and her personality in his pictures.

  • http://caroline-ho.blogspot.com saltvinegar

    Kotori Kawashima is a guy!!!! Not a mother?!??!!

    This is what he looks like!

    http://bluefox.com.tw/2011/06/24/%E9%8C%AF%E9%81%8E%E7%9A%84%E5%B7%9D%E5%B3%B6%E6%94%9D%E5%BD%B1%E5%B1%95/

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      my mistake – thank you!

  • Wooram

    The book’s and girl’s name is ‘Mirai San-e or To Mirai’
    It also means ‘To Future’

    So it is pretty weird name for a girl.

    Actually, ‘Mirai’ is not real her name, and she is photographer’s friend’s daughter.

    She had stayed there for a year, and took her pics