TWO MOUNTAINS PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT is a ‘joint friendship’ photography project initiated by the directors of KLPA Events and KLEE, INC PARIS TOKYO, Steven Lee and Naoko Ohta, respectively.

Acknowledging the iconic status of Mount Fuji in Japan and Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, three specially selected photographers from each country will be commissioned to photograph personal photo-stories about these revered peaks. Focussing on the peoples and communities which live ‘under their shadow’ this cross-cultural project hopes to enlighten and discover the legends, folklore, and traditions from each mountain.

Beginning May 2014, the project will culminate in a public exhibition in August in Kuala Lumpur, with planned talks to be arranged. A reciprocal Tokyo exhibition for TM2.0 was held at the Taisho University, Tokyo from October to December 2017. The final phase TM3.0 is exhibited at Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, from November to December 2018.

TM1.0 Photographers – Japan

  1. Junpei Kato
  2. Hajime Kimura
  3. Mikio Hasui

TM1.0 Photographers – Malaysia

  1. Nadia J Mahfix
  2. Rayyiu Radzi
  3. Flanegan Bainon

The second phase of Two Mountains Photo Project / TM2.0 started in 2017 with 6 new photographers, 3 Japanese and 3 Malaysians. They are commissioned to travel to their counterpart nations to photograph the respective mountains from a foreign viewpoint.

TM2.0 Photographers – Japan

  1. Yukari Chikura
  2. Mayumi Suzuki
  3. Chiaki Kano

TM2.0 & 3.0 Photographers – Malaysia

  1. Nana Safiana
  2. Stacy Liu
  3. Nadirah Zakariya

The final phase TM3.0 adds 2 new Japanese photographers :

  1. Mikio Hasui (TM1.0)
  2. Atsushi Okuyama
  3. Yuki Morita


Project Directors


Commissioner / Founder and Chief Curator of TOKYO-GA project
Guest professor of Taisho University / Curator of Espace KUU
Associate curator of Gallery 916.

Naoko OHTA is president and CEO of Klee, Inc., which provides a wide range of art-related services, including the production of international exhibitions, artist representation, editorial direction, publication of books and photography collection. She is also a member of the Committee of RAIEC, Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival.


Steven Lee is the founder director of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (KLPA). He is actively involved in international photography events as portfolio reviewer, mentor and gives workshops at festivals including Mt.Rokko International Photography Festival, Auckland Festival of Photography. Steven is also a keen photographer and has self-published several books.