The Photographer Photographed – Fusanori Nakajima, the Official Sailing Photographer of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Fusanori Nakajima at Enoshima 3He’s taken pictures of America’s Cup skippers Ted Turner and Dennis Conner, the regatta at the bicentennial birthday party in New York Harbor, as well as the sailing competitions at the Tokyo Summer Games in 1964.

Fusanori Nakajima, who’s lived most of his life in New York, is enjoying life back in Japan. Below are a few of his photographs, which are now on display at the Enoshima Yacht Club, where I caught up with him.

Photograph by Fusanori Nakajima: 5.5 meter competition at 1964 Tokyo Olympics
Photograph by Fusanori Nakajima: 5.5 meter competition at 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Nakajima, who goes by the name “Fred” in the US, recollects being very busy with the Olympic work….taking shots all day in the water, and then driving back home to develop the film, and starting all over the next day. As he was asked by the Japan Olympic Committee to take on this job, he was provided an official JOC car to get to and from Enoshima and the competition venue. “Getting a car to use was nice, but it was pink! All JOC cars were pink, and I was kind of embarrassed driving around in it.”

Photograph by Fusanori Nakajima: Star Class competition at 1964 Tokyo Olympics
Photograph by Fusanori Nakajima: Star Class competition at 1964 Tokyo Olympics