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Warning: do not read this article if you’re not ready to hear about a grandma who is very possibly cooler than yours.
89-year-old Japanese granny Kimiko Nishimoto started playing around with photography at the ripe age of 72.
Since then, she has spent the past 17 years taking hilarious portraits of herself and editing them to absolute smile-inducing perfection.
It was Kimiko’s son who first inspired her to pick up a camera. He was teaching a photography class and so, as his mum, she decided to enrol. Little did she know her life was about to change forever!
Photography became her passion and her style quickly evolved into the quirky, slapstick portraits she is now famous for.
10 years later, at age 82, Kimiko presented her very first solo show at the local museum in her hometown of Kumamoto, Japan and on December 15, 2017, she will take over Tokyo’s Epson epSITE imaging gallery with her latest exhibition, Abosakene, which aptly translates as “let’s play.”
Nishimito’s self-portraits have taken Japan and now the world by storm—and it’s not hard to see why.
If you’re in Tokyo between December 15, 2017, and January 18, 2018, her exhibit is a must-see. For a little more insight to her work, Nishimoto will be making an appearance on the second night—December 16—where she’ll give a one-hour talk about her impressive work. Happily, entry to the exhibition and her much-anticipated talk are free.
Additional research by Lucy Dayman