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Japan is home to a really thriving film community – many photographers here have never given up on film. So I’ve been really happy to see a handful of Japanese photographers amongst the Kosmo Foto Mono customers.

Toru Tsuzurahara kindly sent in his images, and it’s fantastic to bring him into the ranks of the Kosmonauts. Cheers, Toru!


Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Osaka, Japan but am currently living in Miyazaki.


How long have you been shooting film?

My first experience on film was when I was teen, then the digital revolution came I moved over to digital. But I started to shooting film again two years ago.


What camera do you shoot on?

35mm SLR: Nikon F3, Nikon FM3A, and as for lenses, the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 is my favourite.

I often use Nikkor 80-200 mm f4.5 as well.

Compact camera, I use Agfa Optima 1035 and an Olympus XA. The Agfa has a good appearance. I’m really in love with it.

For medium format, I use a Mamiya RZ 67.

What other films do you like using?

I like Rollei Ortho 25.

I usually use Fuji C200 colour negative. The price is reasonable, it’s perfect for regular use.

Rollei Vario Chrome is also a good recent films.


What are your thoughts about Kosmo Foto Mono?

Love! I like the contrast and graininess very much. The package design is awesome. I often receive a good compliment about the package, most of the time they look so happy to find the cute little boxes, say “Oh it’s so cute!”.

Moreover, development process is easy. Kosmo Foto Mono is the best!


What films would you like to see on the market (old films or new ones)?

If I could see the retro-featured colour negative film on the market, I would be so happy. like… Rollei Vario Chrome.

And please make Kosmo Foto Mono 30.5 m and ISO 400 for me please?


I’ll see what I can do, Toru.

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