Norio Sugiura

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Norio Sugiura

Sugiura (杉浦) family name, Norio (則夫) first name, (1942-)


Alternate Name(s)

杉浦則夫(Japanese), Norifumi Sugiura.


1942: Born in Nagoya, Japan[1].

c. 1963: Dropped out of design college. Worked as a construction coordinator for the puppet group Hitomi-za[note 1][2][3].

c. 1967: Joined Asakusa Toyo Gekijo (Asakusa Oriental Theater)[note 2] as a lighting technician where his brother had already been working[3].

1971: After the Asakusa Toyo Gekijo closed, he was introduced to Oniroku Dan by Hachiro Tako and joined Oni Pro (Oniroku Production). He was involved in the first performances of "pink theater" led by Hachiro Tako. Oni Pro had its office at the AG Apartment House in Shibuya, Tokyo.

c. 1971: Made two or three pink films. He was an assistant director of films directed by Sojiro Motoki[2]. Another assistant director was Kozo Tashiro who was also a member of Oni Pro[3].

1972: Oni Pro started to publish SM King where he worked as photo editor. Started to develop his own photography skills[2]. Oni Pro concentrated on publishing, branching out from pink films and pink theater[3].

1973: His first photographic work was published as The World of Takashi Tsujimura, a supplemental volume to SM King[3].

Late 1970s: Became a freelance photographer. Took standard nude photos for one to two years before concentrating on SM photography[2]

Late 1970s~1980s: Main photographer for SM Select, SM Fan, SM Mania, SM Hi-Syosetsu and books from Sanwa Publishing.

1990: Started Sugiura Norio Photo Office Co.

2002: Started Koushiki Denmou Zasshi (HP) with Akira Hirata[3].

2005: Started Sugiuranorio Kinbaku Sajiki

Interesting point(s)

Selected Works



Many. See [2].



  1. where he was involved in making Iga no Kage-maru for TBS TV program starting in Nov. 1963,
  2. The theater opened in 1964 and closed in 1971 (based on WikiPedia). It presented a burlesque-style strip show that included comedy, music, dance, etc. (Personal communication from Sugiura to U).

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