Based in Yokohama, Anatoliy Anshin is a fine art photographer who has been fascinated with the Japanese culture since his youth. He studied it academically, first in Russia, where he was born and spent the first half of his life, and later in Japan where he has lived permanently for 18 years. He earned his Ph.D. in pre-modern Japanese history and published a number of academic articles and a monograph in the field. He is also a teacher of Japanese swordsmanship, Kendo. His favorite photography sites are old Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines where he can wander around for days in search of the picturesque blend of traditional culture with the natural environment of perfectly maintained Japanese gardens. However, Anatoliy’s photography is not about capturing things Japanese, however beautiful they might look. It is aimed at visualizing and reconnecting with the spirituality of ancient cultures that, although often lacking in our daily lives, are still accessible if we keep our hearts and minds open. He hopes his images will serve as landmarks to this rich and meaningful cultural heritage.
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