It was 2013 when Yoshinori Mizutani first noticed the parakeets flying around his Tokyo neighbourhood. Soon there were flocks of a hundred and more, perching on power lines and settling in ginkgo trees. Imported into Japan as pets in the 1960s and 1970s, they had moved into the wild. Since then, Mizutani has published a book of parrot photographs, while the birds continue to multiply.

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© Yoshinori Mizutani/courtesy of IMA Gallery
© Yoshinori Mizutani/courtesy of IMA Gallery
© Yoshinori Mizutani/courtesy of IMA Gallery
© Yoshinori Mizutani/courtesy of IMA Gallery
© Yoshinori Mizutani/courtesy of IMA Gallery
© Yoshinori Mizutani/courtesy of IMA Gallery
© Yoshinori Mizutani/courtesy of IMA Gallery
© Yoshinori Mizutani/courtesy of IMA Gallery

“Tokyo Parrots” by Yoshinori Mizutani is published by amana/IMA; store.imaonline.jp

Photographs: Yoshinori Mizutani/courtesy of IMA Gallery

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