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Takashi Amano was born in Niigata-shi (Former Maki-machi), Niigata, Japan in 1954. He has incorporated ecosystems and other elements found in nature into his aquatic plant layout and established his own unique style called “Nature Aquarium”. In 1982, Amano founded Aqua Design Amano. The company attracted much attention for its aquarium equipment “Nature Aquarium Goods” featuring excellent quality and design. In 1992, Amano published a photo book “Glass no Naka no Daishizen”. This book was translated into seven languages together with “Mizu-Shizen eno Kaiki”. There is now a growing number of Nature Aquarium fans all over the world. Along with the activities as an entrepreneur, Amano visited the world’s three major tropical rainforests, namely Amazon, Borneo and West Africa, and pristine forests in Japan since 1975 and has been working on series of photos focusing on “untouched nature” with his large-format cameras. He captured minute details of nature found at these sites on extra-large size film (up to 8x20 inches). Amano’s works have been introduced and highly appreciated internationally through several exhibitions and publications. Up until his passing, Amano gave numerous lectures on his rich experiences in nature in Japan and many other countries, including Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Russia, USA, China, India and Malaysia. He advocated the importance of tree-planting programmes to protect the earth’s environment.

Amano was...

・President of the International Environment Photographers Association
・Member of the Society of Scientific Photography
・Member of the Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association
・Member of the Society of Scientific Photography

Though Amano is no longer with us, his dream and passion lives on in the Aqua Design Amano company, their staff and in the hearts of countless people around the world who continue to scape some of the most beautiful Nature Aquariums you can dream of.

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