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18 July 1954|
|Died||4 August 2015
|Known for||photographer, aquarist|
|Awards||Fuji Film Nature Photo Contest, Grand Prix, 1992|
Takashi Amano (天野尚 Amano Takashi?, 18 July 1954 – 4 August 2015) was a professional track cyclist, photographer, designer, and aquarist. His interest in aquaria led him to create the Japanese company Aqua Design Amano.
Amano was the author of Nature Aquarium World (TFH Publications, 1994), a three-book series on aquascaping and freshwater aquarium plants and fish. He has also published the book Aquarium Plant Paradise (T.F.H. Publications, 1997).
A species of freshwater shrimp is named the “Amano shrimp” or "Yamato shrimp" (Caridina multidentata; previously Caridina japonica) after him. After discovering this species' ability to eat large quantities of algae, Amano asked a local distributor to special order several thousand of them. They have since become a staple in the freshwater planted aquarium hobby.
He also developed a line of aquarium components that are known as ADA, and his "Nature Aquarium" article series appeared monthly in both Practical Fishkeeping magazine in the UK, and Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine in the US. He died in 2015 at the age of 61.
Takashi Amano wrote about freshwater aquascaping. He established a distinctive style of plant layout. He employed Japanese gardening concepts such as Wabi-sabi and Zen rock arrangement. His tank compositions sought to mimic nature in their appearance. Amano also made extensive use of Glossostigma elatinoides and Riccia fluitans as plant material, and used shrimp as a means of controlling the growth of algae.
He founded Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd. in 1982, providing aquatic plant growing equipment. His photo books of what he called the "Nature Aquarium", Glass no Naka no Daishizen, published in 1992, followed by Mizu-Shizen eno kaiki, were translated into 7 languages.
Starting in 1975, Takashi Amano visited tropical rainforests in Amazon, Borneo and West Africa and pristine forests in Japan, creating a series of photos focusing on "untouched nature" with large-format cameras. He captured minute details of nature on extra large size films (up to 8×20 inches). His works have been introduced internationally through several exhibitions and publications.
Amano gave lectures on his photographic expeditions and his experiences in nature around the world, and he advocated for the environmental importance of tree-planting programs. He was a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society, the Japan Advertising Photographers' Association, the International Environment Photographers Association, and the Society of Scientific Photography.
G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit
Two landscape photos of Takashi Amano were displayed at the 34th G8 summit Working Lunch / Outreach Working Session of Hokkaido Toyko Summit held from July 7–9, 2008. The photos of a cedar forest on Sado Island taken with an 8×20 inches large format camera were exhibited on the 4.0×1.5m panels.
|1992||Glass no Naka no Daishizen||Marine Planning||Japan|
|1994||Mizu-Shizen eno Kaiki||Marine Planning||Japan|
|Nature Aquarium World||T.F.H. Publications||U.S.A.|
|Pflanzenparadies unter Wasser||Natur Buch Verlag||Germany|
|1996||Nature Aquarium World Book 2||T.F.H. Publications||U.S.A.|
|Nature Aquarium World Book 3||T.F.H. Publications||U.S.A.|
|De wonderlijke wereld onder water||Natur Design Verlag||Netherlands|
|Faszinierendes Aquarium||Natur Buch Verlag||Germany|
|Le Nouveau Monde des Plantes Aquatiques||Natur Design Verlag||France|
|1997||Aquarium Plant Paradises||T.F.H. Publications||U.S.A.||978-0793805181|
|Amanos Naturaquarien||Editoriale Giorgio Mondadori||Italy|
|1998||Ihr Hobby-Naturaquarien||Natur Buch Verlag||Germany|
|Diskus im Naturaquarium||Natur Buch Verlag||Germany|
|Das Große Buch der Naturaquarien||Natur Buch Verlag||Germany|
|Les aquariums naturels d'Amano||JEH Productions||France|
|2004||The Rio Negro||Marine Planning||Japan|
|2007||Sado – To Pristine Forest From Bottom of Sea||ADA||Japan|
|2009||Sado – To Pristine Forest From Bottom of Sea
"Revised and Enlarged Edition"
|2011||Nature Aquarium: Complete Works 1985–2009||TFH Publications||U.S.A||978-0793806492|
|1998||Urin-Ujou||Fuji Photo Salon, Tokyo||Japan|
|2004||Dare mo Shiranai Amazon||Niitsu Art Forum, Niigata||Japan|
|The Rio Negro||Nizayama Forest Art Museum, Toyama||Japan|
|2006||The Rio Negro||Nature Info Plaza—Marunouchi Saezurikan, Tokyo||Japan|
|Sozo no Genten Amazon||Toki Messe, Niigata||Japan|
|Kusatsu-Amazon||Niigata Daiwa, Niigata||Japan|
|2007||Sado-From bottom of the Sea to the Pristine Forest||Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography||Japan|
|Daremo Shiranai Sado||Niigata Prefectural Civic Center||Japan|
|2008||Daremo Shiranai Sado||Amusement Sado, Niigata||Japan|
|2009||Sado – a Natural Treasure of Japan||Qatar Photography Society, Doha||Qatar|
|2009||Takashi Amano in India for Aquatika 2009||Nimhans Convention Hall, Bangalore||India|
|2015||Forests Underwater||Oceanário de Lisboa, Lisbon||Portugal|
- Dvorak, Phred (December 6, 2012). "The Sage of Aquariums". The Wall Street Journal.
- Amano, Takashi (March 1994). Nature Aquarium World: Book 1. Neptune, NJ: TFH Publications. ISBN 0-7938-0089-7.
- Website of the City of Niigata (Japanese language)
- Axelrod, Herbert R., Warren E. Burgess, Neal Pronek, Glen S. Axelrod and David E. Boruchowitz (1998), Aquarium Fishes of the World, Neptune City, N.J.: T.F.H. Publications, p. 718, ISBN 0-7938-0493-0.