Masami Tanaka, the world’s leading aurora photographer, and Live Publishing Inc. have been invited to participate in XANALIA, an AR/VR-enabled NFT marketplace developed by NOBORDER.z FZE (CEO: RIO TAKESHI KUBO), a next-generation entertainment technology company operating in five countries around the world. XANALIA, an AR/VR compatible NFT marketplace, has released a total of 134 aurora works by world-renowned aurora photographer Masami Tanaka on the platform.
■ About this NFT
Masami Tanaka has been photographing the aurora borealis in Yellowknife (Northwest Territories, Canada) for 23 years, and has been featured in various media, including a particular program on NHK, and has many fans overseas. A total of 134 works, including 100 still images, 6 VR360 PANORAMA videos, 18 time-lapse videos and ten rare real-time videos, will be released in NFT format. The works will be exhibited in a virtual museum in XANA, the NFT virtual space developed by NOBORDER.z, where users can view them via VR or smartphone.
■ Masami Tanaka XANALIA Store Link
XANALIA is a global NFT marketplace, developed by NOBORDER.z FZE and managed by XANALIA LIMITED. By incorporating NFT and DeFi (decentralised finance), the two fastest-growing areas in the blockchain market, NOBORDER.z FZE’s diluted potential market capitalisation temporarily exceeded $1.4 billion in just one month after its launch on March 7, 2021.
The company’s diluted potential market capitalisation exceeded $1.4 billion at one point within a month. It remained at $400 million even after the virtual currency market crash shows the high level of global attention it is receiving.
The company is about to release several groundbreaking global NFTs, including the NFT of a virtual fashion show during Milan Fashion Week 2021, the official NFT artwork of Hokusai Katsushika, one of the greatest Japanese artists, and the first NFT linked to a TV show in the Chinese TV drama industry.
■ About the creator
Born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Since childhood, he has been interested in photography. At the age of 18, he built a darkroom in his house and started developing colour photographs and reversal films.
After graduating from photography school, he worked for a film company doing hand-burning. After two years, he became independent and started taking nature photos on his own. At the age of 23, he met a kingfisher in a mountain stream and was fascinated by its sight, which he spent the next 12 years photographing. He published his first photo book in Japan (Yama Jade).In 1988, he began photographing nature above 60 degrees north latitude. His current focus is on still and moving VR360 panoramas and motion timelapse.
He teaches Aurora and Timelapse at NHK and Kogakuin University for both amateurs and professionals. His work has been featured in the Nikkei newspaper, Fuji Sankei, NHK, BS-TBS NTV and NHK-BS Premium.
■ Typical programmes
NHK-G: A spectacular view of the sky – Aurora Borealis, a spectacular view of the four seasons
NHK-4K My cousin’s Aurora Borealis – The story of the people and the fantastic view of Canada’s northern land
NHK-BS Premium Aurora Borealis: The Spectacular Four Seasons
NHK-8K The world of ultra-high resolution 8K time-lapse video
BS-TBS New Earth Scenery
BS-TBS New Earth Traveller’s Journal
Published in nature and travel magazines, pamphlets and many others.
He is a lecturer at manufacturers’ events, a touring instructor for travel companies and an accompanying photography instructor.
He was contacted by the Memorial Hall of Shibusawa Eiichi (Shibusawa Eiichi Foundation), a businessman and educator, because of his resemblance to Shibusawa Eiichi, and has written an essay for the Foundation’s journal, Sieben.
■ Main publications
“Panorama of the Northern Lights” (Kawade Shobo Shinsha)
“Beyond the Arctic” Real-Time Aurora (Kosaido Shuppan)
Mountain Jade (Cleo) etc.
His photographs have been exhibited at the Fuji Photo Gallery and other manufacturers’ exhibitions and joint exhibitions.
He is an accredited nature photographer with Tourism Canada and Tourism Northwest Territories.
Member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS)
Member of the Advertising Photographers’ Association of Japan (APA)
■ About Live Publishing Inc.
“We are a publishing company that is actively involved in what is happening in the world. We aim to be actively engaged in what’s happening globally and bring joy to society. Founded in January 2021, we are a publishing company that seamlessly develops various businesses based on publishing.
We are a next-generation entertainment technology company with a vision of a “More Wonders, No Borders“. The company’s vision is to create a world without borders, and it operates in five countries around the world, with offices in New York and Dubai. The company’s business combines cross-reality technologies using VR and AR, blockchain, NFT and AI with entertainment.
■ company overview
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