Street & tourism model call in Osaka or Kyoto

NB: The shoot is in Japan, and only open to anyone (aged 20 and older) in the Osaka area. The shoot can be scheduled for the afternoon or evening of the 23rd or the morning of the 24th January. Please note that the payment is in yen, not US dollars or other currency. This is reposted from the Model Mayhem model call.

Wanted: male and female models or couples (gay and straight) for (outdoor) traveller / tourist type of photos, and candid-like street portraiture. Clothing should be nice, simple, but of tourist-like appearance. Photos will be similar to this and further below.

Theme: Candid street portraits and traveller / tourism
Location: Streets and tourist areas of central Osaka (TBA), or Gion Kyoto.
When: 23rd Jan (afternoon or evening), and 24th Jan (morning only)
Required: Models will sign a model release to allow the photos to be used for commercial purposes.
For general model call information, see Model Call or Contact me here or via JapanesePhotos.Asia for more information.

General advice: Please where full length heat-tech or thermal underclothing, and no clothing with brand logos or print designs. Please do not bring large or heavy bags; you can keep them in a train station locker.

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Model shoot, Osaka Japan

The theme of the shoot is for a “morning routine” and “business travel”.

The shoot will show the model partially dressed, but not completely nude nor overly erotic (negotiable). The shoot will be in a hotel room in the Umeda area (already booked), and the model is welcome to bring a friend to sit and watch (or read a book). There is a shoot list, but always in the past I ask the model to suggest some of her own ideas for posing in the shoot. Since this is a low-budget shoot, please bring your own wardrobe and do your own makeup. The theme of the shoot will be “early morning routine” and “business travel”, so please bring appropriate attire. The model will be asked to sign a model release to allow the images to be used commercially. See here for more general information about model calls, JapanesePhotos.Asia/blog/model-call/ (モデル求人: 日本語).

Payment is negotiable depending on previous experience (see the Model Mayhem announcement). The shoot is in Japan, and only open to anyone (aged 20-40yo or so) in the Osaka area. The shoot can be scheduled for the afternoon or evening of the 23rd or the morning of the 24th January.

For examples of my previous work see the various portfolios via my website at JapanesePhotos.Asia which includes portraiture, nude, semi-nude, lingerie and more. Direct questions to me at JapanesePhotos.Asia/contact.html.

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Winter model call

This model call is for a snowy day photo shoot in Nagoya, Japan. Note, this is open only to people who are already in Nagoya, Japan. The original posting was created on Model Mayhem, and here’s the main summary copied below. The intended time to shoot is possibly over the New Year period, weekends in January, and almost anytime in February or March.

Wanted, male and female models and couples (gay and straight) for outdoor snowy day shoot. Because snowfall in Nagoya cannot be predicted the shoot cannot be fixed to a particular date. Therefore you may be contacted either the night before or early in the morning when snowfall is confirmed. Photos will be similar to this
http://ablyth.photoshelter.com/gallery- … _9FTzAKwMU
and this
http://ablyth.photoshelter.com/gallery- … uDQSfYbu8k and others similar.

Theme: Candid street portraits and romantic
Location: Sakae or Osu area. The meeting place is likely to be at a subway exit in Central Park.
Models will sign a model release to allow the photos to be used for commercial purposes.
For general model call information, see Model Call, or Contact me here or via JapanesePhotos.Asia for more information.

General advice: Please where full length heat-tech or thermal underclothing, at least two layers of socks, and no clothing with brand logos or print designs. Please do not bring large bags.

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#POTW Saigon has become a modern city

This Photo of the Week (POTW) is of Hieu at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in central Saigon, Vietnam. The museum building itself is over a hundred years old and is full of history itself as the former governor’s and vice president’s residences in the French colonial and South Vietnam eras. Now the backdrop of modern Saigon is beginning to encroach on the backdrop of it. More photos like this for licensing can also be found on my agent’s website.

Hieu at the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

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News: CitiBank Japan uncertainty for customers

It has been reported by various Japanese media outlets that CitiBank Japan was for sale to the highest bidder. Many Japanese banks wanted the Japan subsidiary to acquire the mainly wealthy customers and their money. Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (aka MUFG) has apparently been the winner about two weeks ago. This apparently is the final week of business of CitiBank Japan as a CitiBank subsidiary, next week it becomes the property of MUFG. However, CitiBank Japan customers have heard nothing from CitiBank, and all the information they’ve so far received has been via Japanese newspapers. One expat customer asked staff at the Nagoya branch about his accounts. Apparently his ATM and credit cards may not work internationally from next week, which comes at a time when he will be travelling in Taiwan. CitiBank Japan has already ceased over the counter foreign exchange, and it is said that other services will cease this week.

The main attraction to CitiBank Japan for expatriate customers was the fact that all services, in branch and on the internet are bilingual and available in English and Japanese. In contrast, MUFG does not provide services for international customers, except for basic ATM functions. MUFG ATMs provide a wider range of functions in Japanese, but not in other languages. This is in contrast to Korea and Taiwan, where I have always been able to use bilingual forms and speak to English speaking staff. MUFG staff refuse to use English, and all forms are in Japanese only, and many essential financial services are refused to people who cannot read Japanese. Consequently, many expats may be looking for friendlier services, as MUFG’s reputation may sour their shiny new acquisition. The little known Shinsei Bank, appears to be the only retail bank that provides English language support left in Nagoya, one of the riches cities in the world.

CitiBank Japan was bought by Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) ahead of uncertainty for account holders.

CitiBank Japan was bought by Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) ahead of uncertainty for account holders.

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#POTW Taking a cyclo in Saigon

Yes, they still have them, and you too can get a ride in one almost anywhere in the main tourist precincts in central Saigon, District 1. Unfortunately, there are some restrictions on where they can go, but they can get you to all the key central tourist destinations. Here is a great model, Hieu taking a ride past the Ben Thanh Markets, Saigon, Vietnam. More images for licensing can be found on my agent’s website.

Hieu taking a ride in a cyclo, in Saigon.

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Photography competition Can I drop your name?

Would you mind if I drop your name in a photography competition? The winning criteria is not clear (or stated at all, actually), so I’m not sure if it’s a raffle, or there’s some intelligent selection happening. In short, there is a $5,000 sponsorship for a photo shoot, and a free camera, so a claimed total of $8,000 of prizes for one lucky travel photographer. They want two things. 1. 25 words or less of “Your dream shoot”. 2. A list of email addresses to invite other photographers. I don’t know if the winner will be the one with the best 25 words or less, longest list of invites, the most invites who joined their website and entered, or best 25 words and matching portfolio on their system. Because their winning criteria is not explicit, I’m a little hesitant to just throw people’s names in without checking first. In any case, I’d love to use that money for another trip to Vietnam and get a wider array of great local images of life there, tourism, and more.

A young lady in The Morning Café in Saigon, Vietnam.

A young lady in The Morning Café in Saigon, Vietnam.

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