Hideo Haga

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Hideo Haga (芳賀 日出男 Haga Hideo, October 10, 1921—) is known for his photography of traditional Japanese festivals and folk culture.


Hideo Haga was born in 1921, Dalian, Manchuria on October 10, 1921. He took up the camera as a child, encouraged by his father, an engineer whose hobby was photography.

In 1941 he enrolled in Literature at Keio University, where he also joined the camera club, often to the neglect of his studies. Lectures by the folklorist Shinobu Orikuchi (1887 - 1953), which he joined when he heard that he could get credits for attendance, were a strong influence on his future interests.

He graduated with a degree in Literature in 1944. During the war he was recruited to make aerial photographs for the navy, and in 1946 found employment with the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone company. Retrenched, he returned to live with his father and started to devote himself to photography of traditional culture. Heibonsha publishers issued his first book, on the Japanese rice festival,[1] in 1959. A further thirty-five books followed.

Haga Library Co. which he established in 1985 markets his over 300,000 stock photos, made over sixty years, of festivals and folk culture in Japan and other countries.

Career and recognition[edit]

In 1950 he was one of the founders of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS) of which he became chairman for seven years in 1981.

In 1955 a photograph of a heavily pregnant woman against a blurred street scene by Hideo Haga (Pregnant Japanese Woman Hurrying on Her Way, 1952) was selected, for its (then) unusual public perspective on pregnancy,[2] by Edward Steichen for MoMA’s The Family of Man which was seen by nine million people as it toured thirty-seven countries.[3]

He was producer for the Festival Plaza at Expo '70 in Osaka.

His book, Folk Customs of Japan - Festivals & Performing Arts, (Creo, 1997, ISBN 4877360158) shows his B/W photos of festivals taken all over Japan since the 1950s.


  • "Tanno Japanese rice ceremony" Heibonsha, 1959
  • "There is something there in the unexplored area there" Akimoto Shobo 1962 Travel Series
  • "The seasons of the gods" Kadokawa Shoten, 1964
  • "People of God's Son" Tengon Inc. 1964
  • "Festival of Japan" childcare company · Color Books, 1965
  • "Pilgrimage of Beethoven" photographs and text Kawaride Shobo Shinsha Shrine, 1970
  • "Children's Festival" Komine Bookstore 1971 Boys and girls Nonfiction
  • "Pilgrimages to festivals of the world" Poplar company, 1971 Human record series
  • "Flower Festival" National Publications Association, 1977 Eye of the Folklore
  • "Autumn Festival" Komine bookstore, 1979 Festival and living
  • "Festival celebrating New Year" Komine Bookstore, 1979 Festival and life
  • "World festival" Komine bookstore, 1979 Festival and life
  • "Summer Festival" Komine Bookstore, 1979 Festival and Life
  • "Spring festival" Komine Bookstore, 1979 Festival and life
  • "12 childhoods" Komine bookstore, 1981
  • "World festivals & costume" graphic company, 1983
  • "Eight Christmas celebrations" Ozawa Ryoichi Komine Bookstore 1986 Children's Festival
  • "Festival of the World" Ozawa Ryoichi Komine Bookstore 1987 Children's Festival
  • "Festivals: Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter" Mizusawa Koide Komine Bookstore 1987 Children's Festival
  • "Festivals of the World: the Photographs of Hideo Haga" Genko, 1989
  • "Local traditional arts" Color Books, 1991
  • "The Rhythm of Japanese Life and Death Haga Hideyoh Photo Exhibition" Keio University Art Center, 1995
  • "Japanese festival and entertainment" Komine bookstore, 1995 Japanese traditional arts
  • "Folklore of Japan" Creo, 1997
  • "Ethnic textiles, costumes and materials of the World" Graphic Company, 1998
  • "Haga Hideto" (Japanese photographer) Iwanami Shoten, 1998
  • "Festival of the world festival · ethnic · culture" Haga library edited by Kureo 2001
  • "People of the old European festivals and faiths" text / pictures Tokyo Bookcase 2003
  • "Our annual event useful for learning" 1–12 December Creo 2006
  • "Traditional living in the South Island" Komine bookstore, 2006 Traditional living in various parts of Japan
  • "Nature and living in the Japanese archipelago" Komine bookstore 2006 Traditional living in various parts of Japan
  • "Traditional living in rural areas" Komine bookstore 2006 Traditional living everywhere in Japan
  • "Japanese festival dictionary" Shiodobosa 2008
  • "Traveling with Shinobu Orikuchi through History" Photos / sentences Keio University Press Association 2009
  • "Miyamoto Tsuneno photo book 3" Mizuwawa publication, 2011


  • 1988 - City of Vienna honour Merit Silver Medal
  • 1989 - Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 1995 - Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette
  • 1997 - Japan Photographic Society Lifetime Achievement Award, Iida City Shihachi Fujimoto photos Culture Award
  • 2000 - Traditional Culture Pola Award, Grand Prize Japanese Literature Folk Culture Award
  • 2008 - Cultural Travel Award


  1. ^ Haga, H. (1987). Rice cakes for the new year god. Japan Quarterly, 34(1), 61.
  2. ^ Matthews, Sandra; Wexler, Laura (2000), Pregnant pictures, Routledge, pp. 25–26, ISBN 978-0-415-90449-0
  3. ^ Steichen, Edward; Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973, (organizer.); Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967, (writer of foreword.); Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997, (writer of added text.); Lionni, Leo, 1910-1999, (book designer.); Mason, Jerry, (editor.); Stoller, Ezra, (photographer.); Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) (1955), The family of man : the photographic exhibition, Published for the Museum of Modern Art by Simon and Schuster in collaboration with the Maco Magazine CorporationCS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)