I was born in Japan and grew up in Tokyo and New York. After graduating from a university in Tokyo I left Japan in 1977 to live in Sydney, Australia, which has been my home ever since. 

I first photographed landscape in colour in Australia and New Zealand, where I found the quality of light to be quite different from Japan. Beautiful light in new environment kept me fascinated and inspired – what light created for me was art. 

I am passionate about capturing the light with my emotional response on encounter, which is quite often a brief one, and I am happy when I have captured it, not only for myself but also to share with others.

I love to travel, to be in different environments, to come across beautiful landscapes, towns, moments; sometimes dynamic, sometimes just the simple quiet beauty in everyday scene or capturing a moment of an evolving scene. Travelling to other parts of the world evoked another genre of interest; photojournalism - some of which I enjoyed shooting in black and white, processing film and printing in the dark room. I also enjoyed shooting live stage performances in colour - rock concerts to musicals, circuses to ballet.

Whatever the subject, it's the emotional essence that I am always passionate about capturing in the shot.


1983   Opera House 10th Anniversary Exhibition (group exhibition)  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1993   Australia  Foreign Correspondent Club, Tokyo

1993   Emotion Live  Stills Gallery, Sydney

1996   Australian Theatre Festival  Canberra

1998   Into the Light   Qantas Club, Sydney Airport

2000  Light Moves   The Gallery Cafe, Sydney

2001    Nikon/Panorama Photographers Contest 2nd prize   Australia

2003   My Australia & New Zealand   Kinokuniya Gallery, Sydney

2005   South Island of New Zealand   Fuji Photo Salon, Tokyo

2006   South Island of New Zealand   Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch

2006   In Transit (group exhibition)  Alliance Francaise, Sydney

2007   Lovers (group exhibition)  Alliance Francaise, Sydney

2007   Light Moods South  The Forrester Gallery, Oamaru, New Zealand

2007   Light Moods South  Millennium Art Gallery, Blenheim, New Zealand

2007   South  Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), Christchurch

2008   Light Moods South  Amisfield Winery, Queenstown, New Zealand

2008   South  The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand

2009   Fine Art Auction 2009 (group exhibition)  CoCA, Christchurch

2009   Light Moods South  Temple Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

2009   Light Moods South  Southland Museum & Art Gallery, Invercargill, New Zealand

2009   Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand)  Queenstown Airport, New Zealand

2009   Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand)  Sydney & Christchurch Airports

2010    Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand)  Sydney & Christchurch Airports

2011    Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand)  Sydney & Christchurch Airports

2011    LIGHT MOODS SOUTH (South Island of New Zealand)  book published

2011    LIGHT MOODS SOUTH  considered as one of the best 100 books by Listener Magazine in New Zealand

2012   Tsutaya Books Daikanyama  Tokyo exhibition and book launch

2013   LIGHT MOODS SOUTH  Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland Festival of Photography New Zealand

2013   Cliff to Clay (group exhibition)  NZ Academy of Fine Arts Wellington

2013   Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand)  Sydney & Auckland Airports

2014   Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand)  Sydney & Auckland Airports

2014   MikiNobu Komatsu Selected Works  Black Eye Gallery, Sydney

2014   appeared in YourDailyPhotograph.com  Duncan Miller Gallery USA

2014   LIGHT MOODS SOUTH  Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney

2016   Click! (group exhibition)  Badger & Fox Gallery, Sydney

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