Tsuneko Sasamoto, Japan’s First Female Photographer, passed away at 107

Tsuneko Sasamoto was a pioneering photographer considered to be Japan’s first female photojournalist.

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Japanese first Journalist and Photographer Tsuneko Sasamoto dies at 107

Tsuneko Sasamoto, recognized as Japan’s first female photojournalist, died of old age in a center for the aged in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Aug. 15. She was 107. In the run-up to the Pacific War from 1941, Sasamoto captured images of events like a ladies’ luncheon celebrating the Tripartite Pact between Germany, Italy, and Japan.

After the war, she worked for a newspaper and subsequently became a freelancer, notably reporting the conflict in Japan over the security treaty with the United States. Although she went away from her job for a period, Sasamoto made a comeback at the age of 71.

Tsuneko Sasamoto Age, Family, Early Life

Tsuneko Sasamoto was born on September 1, 1914(107 years old) in Tokyo, Japan. She holds a Japanese nationality and she belongs to the Asian ethnicity. Her Zodiac sign is Virgo.

Tsuneko Sasamoto Family
Tsuneko Sasamoto Family

On Tsuneko Sasamoto’s parents, there is currently no information known.

Tsuneko Sasamoto Husband, What about her Relationship?

It appears that Tsuneko Sasamoto was a married woman with children. Although, there is no information on her relationship or children available.

Tsuneko Sasamoto Career, What was her profession?

Tsuneko Sasamoto started her work as a part-time illustrator on the local news sections in Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun (now Mainichi Shimbun, one of the newspapers in Japan) (now Mainichi Shimbun, one of the newspapers in Japan). At 26, she became promoted to a probationary employee in 1940 when she joined the Photographic Society in Japan, formally becoming the first female photojournalist in Japan. She calls Margaret Bourke-White a key influence in why she became a photographer.

Sasamoto shot everyone from General Douglas MacArthur during the American occupation of Japan to striking coalminers and protesting students. She published a photo book in 2011 called Hyakusai no Finder or Centenarian’s Finder. In 2014, Sasamoto had a show of her work from her 2011 book named Hyakusai Ten, or, Centenarian’s Exhibition.

In 2015, Sasamoto published another book, Inquisitive Girl at 101. She fractured her left hand and both legs in 2015 yet continue to picture. Prior to her death, Sasamoto was working on a project named Hana Akari (Flower Glow) in commemoration of her friends who have perished.

How much is Tsuneko Sasamoto Net Worth?

Tsuneko Sasamoto’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 Million.

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Which school and college did She go to?

Tsuneko went to a college of home economics but quit because of her goal to become a painter. After skipping out, she attended an institution of painting without telling her parents, then a dressmaking school.

Is She available on any kind of social media platform?

Sasamoto is not active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Tsuneko Sasamoto’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair ColorBlonde and White
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Tsuneko Sasamoto’s should be knows

Zodiac signVirgo
Relationship StatusMarried