The Two Mountains Photography Project is the brainchild of Steven Lee, director of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards and Naoko Ohta, director of KLEE Inc TOKYO PARIS, to acknowledge the iconic status of Mount Fuji and Mount Kinabalu. The photographers travelled to their counterpart nation to photograph the mountains to offer a foreign viewpoint.

These are some of the photos from the final phase.

A Dream Dreaming Us 

Atsushi Okuyama discovered a connection between the lure of Mount Kinabalu and the intangible yet real nurturing and welcoming attraction of its inhabitants. He was able to photograph the villagers and assimilate into their culture with ease.


This is the series title of Nana Safiana’s photographs of the back streets and alleyways of Fujishiyoda and Fujikawaguchiko cities, close to the base of Mount Fuji. Managing to avoid the cliched picture postcard views of the iconic peak, she found herself encountering sublime scenes of overgrown yards, abandoned cars, lonely parks and rear gardens.

Water Mountains 

In this series, Mikio Hasui and his trusty Plaubel Makina provided viewers who have not made the climb to the top of Mount Kinabalu with an enticing glimpse of the breathtaking flora and mountainscape.

Fuji-san Love Letters

Nadirah Zakariya’s portrait project is essentially about the passing of time and nostalgia, and how a sense of belonging often grounds a person or communities to a place, with the common unifying factor that may be symbolic, historic or social.


Stacy Liu’s immersive and experiential black and white wallpaper print series explored the Aokigahara forest close to Mount Fuji. Stacy ventured into the forest, known as a place for many who would eventually find solace in death, with an open mind to reassure herself.


Yuki Morita’s series of diaristic images of his journey to the peak referenced the 2015 Sabah earthquake which took the lives of 18 climbers.