Mika Ninagawa

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Mika Ninagawa
Head and shoulders shot of Mika Ninagawa
Mika Ninagawa in July 2012
Native name 蜷川 実花
Born (1972-10-18) October 18, 1972 (age 44)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Photographer, film director
Website ninamika.com

Mika Ninagawa (蜷川 実花, Ninagawa Mika, born October 18, 1972 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese photographer and director, known for her vibrant and brightly colored photographs of flowers, goldfish, and landscapes.


Ninagawa has enjoyed significant commercial success in fashion and advertising. She made her debut as a full-length film director in 2007 with Sakuran. In September 2010, her music video for the AKB48 song "Heavy Rotation" was released. She directed the live action film adaptation of the manga Helter Skelter in 2012.


  • 1996: Grand Prize, 9th Shashin Hitotsubo Ten
  • 1996: 13th New Cosmos of Photography, Canon
  • 1998: Encourage Award, 9th Konica Award
  • 2001: The 26th Kimura Ihei Award, Asahi Shimbun Publishing Co.
  • 2006: Ohara Museum of Art Prize



Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Artist Notes
2007 "Ashita Tenki ni Naare" (明日天気になぁれ)[1] Yuzu
2010 "Heavy Rotation"[2] AKB48 Also produced CD jacket.
2011 "Yobisute Fantasy" (呼び捨てファンタジー)[3] AKB48 Team B Found on the "Ue kara Mariko" single.
2012 "Hanabi" (花火) Sandaime J Soul Brothers Also produced CD jacket.
"Sugar Rush"[4][5] AKB48 Soundtrack for the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph.
"Powder Snow (Eien ni Owaranai Fuyu)" (Powder Snow ~永遠に終わらない冬~) Sandaime J Soul Brothers Also produced CD jacket.
2013 "Girl on Fire"[6] Alicia Keys Special video produced for Japan.
"Pink Spider"[7] Kumi Koda Also produced associated UULA short drama.
"Sayonara Crawl"[8] AKB48
"Issen Ichibyō" (一千一秒)[9] Exile Takahiro
"Ame nochi Harelujah" (雨のち晴レルヤ)[10] Yuzu
2015 "Kaguya"[11] News
2016 "Kimi wa Melody"[12] AKB48


Other projects[edit]

Ninagawa was involved in the interior design of the Bar & Cafè on the Bund cafe and bar in Shanghai, China.[13]

Ninagawa was involved in designing the external livery of a new Genbi Shinkansen excursion train scheduled to be operated in Japan by JR East from spring 2016.[14]


  • Yamauchi Hiroyasu (山内宏泰 "Hiroyasu Yamauchi"), "Mika Ninagawa", in Kōtarō Iizawa, ed., Nihon no shashinka 101 (日本の写真家101, 101 Japanese photographers). Tokyo: Shinshokan, 2008. ISBN 978-4-403-25095-8. P.202. (in Japanese)
  1. ^ "ゆず 明日天気になぁれ". Space Shower. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "AKB48 ヘビーローテーション". Space Shower. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "AKB48 呼び捨てファンタジー". Space Shower. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "AKB48、全世界挿入歌「Sugar Rush」初披露 -映画『シュガー・ラッシュ』" (in Japanese). Mynavy News. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  5. ^ "AKB48、ディズニー映画曲「Sugar Rush」で世界デビュー" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  6. ^ "ALICIA KEYS GIRL ON FIRE DIRECTED BY MIKA NINAGAWA". Space Shower. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "倖田來未 ピンクスパイダー(Short Ver.)". Space Shower. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "AKB48 さよならクロール". Space Shower. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "EXILE TAKAHIRO 一千一秒". Space Shower. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "ゆず 雨のち晴レルヤ". Space Shower. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "NEWS KAGUYA". Space Shower. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ "AKB48 ミュージックビデオサーチ". Space Shower. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "shanghairose". shanghairose.com. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Stunning Shinkansen, dubbed 'world's fastest art exhibition,' hits the rails". Asia & Japan Watch. Japan: The Asahi Shimbun Company. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 

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