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Tokyo is made of stairs

There are some things that travellers think they are prepared for, only to find that the guidebook said nothing about it. In this case, it’s that Tokyo is made of stairs. Well, mainly the subway public transport system; and not just Tokyo, but also Nagoya and Osaka too. As you will quickly realise on your first day here, it is tiring. Your feet may be sore, and your leg muscles worn, and you have quickly faded at the end of the day.


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Before you come to Japan, I strongly, strongly urge you to do a lot more walking as a part of your preparation. If you can use a stair machine, do. Sure, there are escalators and elevators, but stairs are the mainstay. Elevators are few and far between. Even though there is at least one elevator per station, these are impossible to find, or are very inconveniently located. So, if you’re carrying heavy suitcases, have a pram, or in a wheelchair, you will have troubles; so leave earlier than most people would. However, you will have a great time here. Bring high energy snacks to help you get about the place, but you will be a lot fitter for having lived or been here.


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Coming of Age Day in Japan


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Hong Kong model Sabrina visiting Meiji Shrine in Tokyo during the Coming of Age Day in Japan. The Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi) is celebrated annually on the second Monday in January by only young adults who have recently turned twenty years of age. They return to their high school to attend ceremonies, and then go to shrines and temples to pray for their futures. Typically the guys wear a nice suit; the same one they would wear for job interviews, but the ladies dress up in kimonos.

Unfortunate for the young ladies who chose too come to Meiji Shrine, there were hordes of tourists, photographers, and Sabrina and I waiting to harangue them into photos and selfies. It was almost masochistic the attention these ladies received from almost everyone there. Anyway, with the ladies pictured above we were nice and respectful. In fact, they were happy to talk to a Hong Kong model, were pleased with the photos I took, and then asked me to take exactly the same ones with their own camera. Because they did us a favour, I was happy to oblige.

It was great working with Sabrina, I hope she had a great time in Tokyo. Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2kpZFbj. Also see other photos from this collection at the Sabrina gallery on my PhotoShelter portfolio.

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#POTW Girl in taxi

This Photo of the Week is of a great model I recently worked with, Eri in Tokyo. Every once in a while I take a photo that seems special; this is that photo. The interaction of the interior light and the outside light, the reflection; and importantly the model’s own talent. I’m very grateful for her talent, assistance, and the patience of the taxi driver who helped with this shoot.


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Sabrina at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

Sabrina exploring Tokyo.

Sabrina exploring Tokyo.

Sabrina at Meiji Shrine. A big thanks to Hong Kong based model Sabrina for her time and talent. You can find more of Sabrina at http://www.modelmayhem.com/sabrinayiu Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2ic1asG.
This photo, and others like it will soon be published onto my PhotoShelter portfolio.

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A bit of home studio fun, then back to Netflix.

A bit of home studio fun, then back to Netflix. Well, cleaning up, dinner, post-processing, and then Netflix. I’ve been wanting to do this kind of shoot for a long time, and today, I finally had the chance. Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2iRRdOG.
here are some key photos. Incidentally, I now have a Fiverr profile, where you can have your own website screenshots put on the screen like these below. See the gig here, https://www.fiverr.com/s2/b8550b23c9.
The view of the living area in a Japanese "2DK" (2 bedroom, dining, and kitchen) apartment.

The view of the living area in a Japanese “2DK” (2 bedroom, dining, and kitchen) apartment.

Gees! What a cool looking website that appears to be.

A computer screen with keyboard and mouse.

A computer screen with keyboard and mouse.

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5 top photos of 2016

Here are the top five JapanesePhotos.Asia photos of 2016. It’s been a busy year, and so for adding to my portfolio, it hasn’t been so easy. However, this year I’ve been fortunate once again to work with some great and talented models and makeup artist. This year, strangely enough, was also the first time I went to Tokyo. It was exciting, and I look forward to going again in 2017. So, without further ado, here are the top five, which are all available on my PhotoShelter portfolio and Alamy.

Runner up. Getting smoke blessings at Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo.


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5. Boudoir portrait.


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4. Sensoji-Temple special effects at night, Asakusa, Tokyo.


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3. Tourist girl in Tokyo.


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2. Umbrella girl.


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1. Girl in the City of Ghosts.


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As you can see one model stood out the most this year. Special thanks to Miyu who is a fantastic model to work with. Ksara a great makeup artist, organiser, help, and conversationalist. Also thanks to Joanie and Ana. And thanks to you for inspiring me to do more. May 2017 be another great year for all of us.

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Happy New Year: Coupon


I think it’s safe to say that we don’t want another 2016. So, we all hope that 2017 will be a great year. To help kick off 2017, here is a 20% off coupon for photo purchases via the JapanesePhotos.Asia PhotoShelter portfolio. The coupon is valid until the 31st January 2017. The code is: 2017NEWYEAR. Minimum purchase of USD$20.

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Photos for Personal Use – for cheap

Did you know that bloggers and personal website owners can get high quality photos for cheap?

The problem: Some people don’t understand that photos are free to look at, but not free to take and use; like food at a buffet, free to look at, but not free to take. Photos for commercial or editorial uses can cost anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to tens of thousands. Pricing depends on the distribution and the size of the audience, and many other factors. However, this means that many bloggers mistakenly believe that high quality images are too expensive, and so they steal the images instead. This means that many bloggers have had infamous take-down notices issued, had their web accounts closed by their website hosts, and social media accounts closed. Also, many bloggers have faced expensive legal action with real lawyers in real courts, with real judges, and real prosecutors.

Girl in the City of Ghosts

Girl in the City of Ghosts

The How: JapanesePhotos.Asia instead provides a personal solution, for personal bloggers and personal website owners. Purchase cheap licenses for your personal use, not for redistribution or resale; for in perpetuity. JapanesePhotos.Asia has multiple options for many different types of buyers and uses. For personal uses, go to the JapanesePhotos.Asia PhotoShelter portfolio, and browse for what you like, click on the green buy button, and choose your license, go to the Downloads tab, and choose Personal Use; and you’re all set.

How to buy a license and download an image for personal use from JapanesePhotos.Asia

How to buy a license and download an image for personal use from JapanesePhotos.Asia

Why the cost? The model in the image above costs money. She’s a great and professional model, and we worked with a great make-up artist; all of this costs money. How much do you earn per hour, and consider they need to be paid too? It took about a day of work to make that image above, and I’m competing against tens of thousands of great images, so each sale is important for cost recuperation. If you really do value an image enough to want it, please value the time and effort too, so that I can make more great images in the future.

One more thing: Occasionally I do have discount offers, please look out for coupons.

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Ghosts in the City

The latest art project is the culmination of ideas relating to cities, humanity, history, future, and the present. Actually, the inspiration came from the first colour film of London made in 1927 (BFI, and YouTube). I can’t find the original quote, but a photographer or the film restorer felt that whilst cities are permanent, in fact London has changed little since 1927, the people are constantly changing. Our lives are fleeting and transient, and so he said that people are like ghosts passing through the city. In fact, we live our lives, and carry out our affairs with earnest, energy, seriousness, and hard determination. All of our struggles, achievements, disasters, love, loss, happiness, sadness, and more are lived out in these spaces called ‘a city’. However, what remains of our individual lives after we die? Very little. The architecture, the monuments, the transport spaces, the market spaces, the houses, and the culture of the people who survive today, which will be passed on and tweaked by a new group of people over generations. Otherwise, there is no memory of the individual people except in what remains of treasured architecture and monuments. Even though we are alive now, we are already merely ghosts passing through the permanence of the city space.

This series, Ghosts in the City, was done with a great model Miyu, and make up artist Ksara. The photos were taken in and near the famous Shibuya Crossing (aka, The Shibuya Scramble). The very same place that is used in movies, like Resident Evil, as a symbol of modernity, Tokyo, and Japan. The shoot was done in the early evening in the hope that the crossing would be crazy-busy with people getting across the scramble.

To purchase these images for prints, private or commercial download, go to the Ghosts in the City gallery and to the “Buy” button.


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