Born in Tokyo, Japan.
While studying at the Department of Photography in the College of Art of Nihon (Japan) University, he also worked in the Canadian High Arctic as a staff for the production of the movie “Antarctica”.
Shin-ichiro started to take photos of Africa in 1986 when he established a photography section for the Tourism Department of Malawi Government.
Since 1996 he has been spending a considerable amount of time in South Africa every year to film the largest in the world. Shin-ichiro has visited over 70 countries and has held many photo exhibitions and film lectures. He has been introduced through diverse media in Japan and abroad including the recent TV broadcast of “Great Nature” by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) BS channel.
His works are owned by the Harvard University Library, San Francisco State University Library, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Nihon University College of Art.
He is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society and a judge of the South Africa Tourism Office Photo Contest.
In 2014 he was recognized as Tourism Ambassador between South Africa and Japan from the Government.