OKADA Koyo 岡田 紅陽 (1895.8.31-1972.11.22) Tokamachi, Niigata Pref. Photographer of Mt. Fuji, his life work.
Education Graduated Waseda Univ. law dept. in 1918.
Career Photographed the aftermath of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. Received a letter of appreciation from the Governor of Tokyo for the photos.
Traveled to Europe and the South Seas, gave a large photo of Mt. Fuji to each head of state and received a letter of thanks from them. Established the Mt. Fuji Photo Association in 1940 and became the chairman.
Established the Japan Tourist Photo Federation in 1944. Opened a photo studio in Shibuya, Tokyo in 1947.
On the back of the ¥1,000 bill is a picture of Mt. Fuji reflected on Lake Motosu in Yamanashi Prefecture (gyaku-Fuji or Reversed Mt. Fuji). This picture was based on a Mt. Fuji photo by Okada Koyo.
Awards Photographic Society of Japan, 1954; Japan National Park Association Award, 1956; Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, 1966