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Quick update 19th March 2018

I’ve been really super busy trying to finish writing a textbook that I should get to the printers either today or tomorrow, because for the next couple of weeks I’ll be touristing about Nagoya, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Shizuoka. For Osaka, I’ll be there for the final day of the Spring sumo tournament on the 25th; should be super exciting. Then see the deer in Nara; and a few days in Kyoto (my favourite city). I had hoped to get a classical photo of cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji, but it seems the way they are blooming, we’ll get them in Kyoto and may miss them in Shizuoka.

Latest items at ablyth-shop.com

Latest items at ablyth-shop.com

During this time, I’ll be getting tonnes of great photos, and new t-shirt and poster ideas for ablyth-shop.com. If you haven’t already noticed, there is a competition where you can win upto USD$150 worth of ABlyth branded clothes. This will allow you to choose what shirts, designs, and products you want. Which means, you could also choose from any new designs that are created while I’m travelling about. Enter either at JapanesePhotos.Asia homepage, or at ablyth-shop.com/pages/win-prizes.

Also, I’m really excited to see people ordering ABlyth products, and even happier to see photos of these sent to me. FYI, there are discount codes available if you show your ABlyth product on FaceBook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #ablyth and the ablyth-shop.com link. Yes, this project is still new, and so we’re doing everything possible to get the word out, and we’re very happy to give you discounts for helping. So, post your photos with the ABlyth products, and alert us, and we’ll get you a 15% discount code for your next order.

Shrine Maidens at the Tagata Fertility Festival 2018

Shrine Maidens at the Tagata Fertility Festival 2018

Last week was a terrible week for me (Andrew). I have four days straight of migraines. On the day of the Tagata Fertility Festival, I decided I had to get out, and I had to use my last migraine pill. I spent the day there getting photos like this one below, without pain, but totally spaced-out on analgesics. Now, big question, will there be a t-shirt with a fertility festival theme coming out? Hmm… On another note, I learnt that anyone can apply to be a shrine maiden for this event, and I assume the same for the men who carry these phallic palanquins through the town. I will write about the Tagata Fertility Festival in the future, but no time today, I’m afraid. More photos will be on the way, and more on the Tagata Fertility Festival in these previous blog posts.

Men carrying the half-tonne phallus and palanquin through the town in the Tagata Fertility Festival 2018.

Men carrying the half-tonne phallus and palanquin through the town in the Tagata Fertility Festival 2018.

How to do Portrait Lighting

Wireless remotes are the way to do portraits. These pictures below used two flashes; it should have been three, but I dropped one and broke the wireless receiver. I always have a Plan B, for when things go wrong, and the shoot carried on anyway. One light is warming the background, whilst the other is providing natural clear light on the model. These are my branded apparel, and I want them to appear as bright and clear as possible, hence the style of lighting. However, how do you work with two, three, or more flashes?

I’ve been able to source some essential photography gear from some suppliers, see here. These days, hotshoe flashes are really powerful, so you can make great portraits without old-style expensive gear, but you need your flashes to synchronise. I wish I could source more Godox, but Yongnuo from Hong Kong does the same job anyway. Oh, and I’m considering hosting a workshop, possibly in May, to introduce Portrait Lighting, Posing, and Modelling. Of course, it will be hosted here in Nagoya. If I do, participants will need at least one hotshoe flash that can be triggered wirelessly, digital camera with hotshoe, the camera instruction manual, and a general use lens about 24-70-ish mm in range. Watch this space for news, or follow me on Twitter.

A great starter kit, field kit, and more, for serious and amateur photographers. Available at https://ablyth-shop.com/collections/photography-video/products/yongnuo-3pcs-yn560-iv-yn-560-iv-master-radio-flash-speedlite-yn-560tx-controller-for-nikon-d7100-d810-for-canon-1100d-650d-6d

Updates 2nd March and #coupons

Welcome to the new month. What a busy week! Well, I’ve had a busy month designing and preparing designs for shirts, hoodies, and more. Another task I got to was sourcing reliable suppliers for other goods that people like. I think my stuff is great, but that doesn’t mean the ABlyth label has all the goods you need. I was also planning and preparing a shoot which was done on Tuesday this week. There are discounts for shirts, raglans, hoodies, and much more…

A model posing for a product photo for the ABlyth clothing brand

Asia posing for a product photo for the ABlyth clothing brand

I am so grateful to Tetsuya of The Cooper’s Irish Pub (Instagram) in Meieki for letting us use his space. Also, to Asia (that is her name; Instagram) for her hard work, preparation, and commitment to the shoot.

For members of ablyth-shop.com there are some discount offers that are currently running. The offers and discounts cannot be used concurrently, so please choose which one you want to use. They are:

  • First time customers: use “FirstTime20” for 20% off your entire order. Minimum USD$25 purchase, and one use per customer. Offer ends 31st Mar 2018.
  • Sakura products:  It’s springtime in Japan. Use “Sakura2018” discount code for all cherry blossom (sakura) themed products. Minimum USD$25 purchase, ends soon. See here: https://ablyth-shop.com/collections/ablyth-sakura
  • Free shipping: use “Members2018” for free shipping for all of this year. Minimum USD$25 and maximum USD$100 purchase. Available to all members in all countries; for the entire order.
  • Staff discount: For people I’ve worked with (mostly models and makeup artists, see your info booklet for details; expiration 31st Dec 2018, will be renewed).
  • Social Media Discounts: Follow us, and share photos of your ABlyth branded items on social media with the #ablyth hashtag and @ mention, and receive a your custom discount code for 15% off future orders. Each code is good for 3 months, and so use it to get gifts for friends, family, or just to treat yourself.
  • Newsletter subscribers: Get 10% off your order. Information is sent to you when you signup for a newsletter.
  • More to come. Watch this space (better still, signup for the newsletter and get the jump on everyone else: ablyth-shop.com).
A model posing in an ABlyth 3/4 sleeve Raglan Cacophonous City top.

A model posing in an ABlyth 3/4 sleeve Raglan Cacophonous City top.

Asia (the model) said that she really likes this 3/4 sleeve raglan top. I admitted that I just don’t have the confidence to know what designs people like, so hearing that was great. I also admitted that I love raglans, especially this shirt with this image “Wheels”. The material used in this is nice and soft; I love it. You can get yours here.

A foreign model posing for tourist theme photos

A foreign model posing for tourist theme photos

Sakura clothing & phone case #coupon code for this Spring

That’s right. We’re offering 15% off all selected Sakura themed shirts, drawstring bags, and smart phone cases for this spring only.

Travel Japan Series: Sakura Collection 2018

Travel Japan Series: Sakura Collection 2018

Great new shirts for this Spring: #Sakura and #coupon

Recently, we’ve released a great new line of clothing called Travel Japan Series. Today, we’re also celebrating the coming Spring with these new items and a sale. This line is all about the Japanese sakura (aka, cherry blossoms). Cherry blossoms are revered in Japan, and mark a change of year and season. These flowering trees don’t actually produce edible fruit, but only the most delicate and beautiful flowers; albeit, for only one week. Some Springs are warm and sunny, and so every single Japanese person with a picnic blanket goes out and eats, drinks, and relaxes with friends, family, and or colleagues. It is perhaps the one time of year with bosses allows staff to get off early, especially to set up and join the office cherry blossom parties. Learn more about cherry blossoms from previous posts.

Details:

  • Discount code: Sakura2018
  • Discount: 10% off entire order
  • Minimum purchase: USD$25
  • Applies to: Entire order (any product)
  • Where: Only at ablyth-shop.com.
  • Expires: Soon (TBA)
  • Ships to: Worldwide
  • Limitations: All registered customers and newsletter subscribers are eligible
  • Automatic discount link: https://ablyth-shop.com/discount/Sakura2018

Order now, so they can arrive in time for cherry blossom viewing parties and picnics.

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Current discounts

All current discounts only apply to the ablyth-shop.com store.

I’ve taken stock of all the current discounts available on the ABlyth online shop, and here they are:

  • Free sunglasses: use “GimmeGlasses” until 14th Feb (just pay postage).
  • First time customers: use “FirstTime20” for 20% off your entire order. Minimum USD$25 purchase, and one use per customer. Offer ends 28th Feb 2018.
  • Staff discount: For people I’ve worked with (mostly models and makeup artists, see your info booklet for details; expiration 31st Dec 2018, will be renewed).
  • Social Media Discounts: Share photos of your ABlyth branded items on social media with the #ablyth hashtag and @ mention, and get 15% off with your custom discount code.
  • Newsletter subscribers: Get 10% off your order. Information is sent to you when you signup for a newsletter (no expiration).
  • More to come. Watch this space (better still, signup for the newsletter and get the jump on everyone else: ablyth-shop.com).
Latest items at ablyth-shop.com

Latest items at ablyth-shop.com

Model & MUA Call Nagoya, Clothing shoot

Who: Models and Makeup artist (Nagoya-based people only)

What: Wanted one or two models (preferably an expat / foreign person) to model a range of t-shirts that are designed for an international market.

When: 26th February 2018, 12.30 to 3pm.

Who: Men and/or women aged 18 to 35 (the target demographic for these t-shirts)

Where: Meieki, Nagoya, Japan

Pay: ¥2,500/hr, 3 hours

Benefits: Models and MUA get a selection of 5 photos to keep for their own self promotion. Get a discount coupon for the online shopping store that is being promoted. Participants may be able to keep some clothing if a social media promotional agreement can be made.

Make-up artist: To prepare and assist models before and during the shoot.

If we don’t have a MUA for this shoot, models, please do your own makeup: simple and natural looking is needed.

Wear: Please bring and wear plain and solid colour jeans or trousers is fine.

FYI, the shoot location is indoors in an atmospheric, very instagram-able location.

More info and updates: Will be added above and below.

Current product sample images:

Update about ABlyth Shop and CNY delivery times

Delivery Delays

This announcement does not affect anyone ordering ABlyth branded products (which are created and shipped from the US and the EU), but non-ABlyth products that are shipped from China. Firstly,

Happy Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year)

Secondly, due to some products being shipped from China, there will be delays due to the CNY holiday. Please understand that it’s an important holiday, and so there will be delays and a backlog of orders this month. Any orders of products going into Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Macao, and South Korea may also experience delays. FYI,

  • Lunar New Year is: 16th Feb 2018
  • Holiday period: 15th – 21st Feb 2018 or 11th – 21st Feb (depends on country and company)

Enjoy your time with family this CNY.

ABlyth Product Update

New designs have been in development, and I hope to have these out either Friday this week, or Wednesday next week. These are totally cool, and I hope you will like them. Look out for updates on this.

ABlyth brand t-shirt available at ablyth-shop.com

ABlyth brand t-shirt available at ablyth-shop.com

New online store and travel brand clothing and products #ABlyth

We are really excited about this. It’s a rare moment to start a whole new line of fantastic and unique clothing. We’re working on a new line of styles and designs that you will love. The new brand is called “ABlyth” (pronounced “ei-blyth” (y rhymes with “why” & “time”). The ABlyth brand specialises in Japan and travel inspired clothing designs with two main series, the Art Series and the Travel Series. With this launch is the online store at http://ablyth-shop.com where you can find the new ABlyth products, along with clothing and travel related products from other suppliers. ABlyth products are guaranteed to source materials and labour from non-child-labour companies.

Just for our 2018 launch, we are offering a 20% discount off all products with the discount code: Happy2018  or follow this link to automatically apply the discount https://ablyth-shop.com/discount/Happy2018  Offer ends 31st Jan 2018, minimum purchase of USD$25 (about ¥2,500 Japanese yen), valid only for ABlyth Originals, all purchases will be converted to Australian dollars.

ABlyth brand clothing and products at http://ablyth-shop.com

ABlyth brand clothing and products at http://ablyth-shop.com

 

Online orders ABlyth original products at http://ablyth-shop.com take about 2-7 days to process, plus shipping, as shown below. We ship our own original products from two locations, North Carolina in the US, and Latvia in the EU.

Estimated shipping times for ABlyth branded products

Shipping to Basic Expedited
USA 3-8 days 1-3 days
Canada 5-10 days 1-5 days
Australia 5-10 days 1-5 days
International from USA 5-20 days 1-5 days
Within Europe 5-10 days 1-5 days
International from Europe 10-20 days 1-5 days

Check your email for delivery and order details. There may be delays due to public holidays and customs clearance. Final products may appear slightly different to images shown online. Non ABlyth branded items are often delivered from the US or China and take 2-3 days to process, and 15-50 days for delivery; check product descriptions and your emails for details.

 

ABlyth Art Series Shirt Mockup

ABlyth Art Series Shirt Mockup

 

Want a 10% discount off your next order? Share photos of you wearing ABlyth branded items on either FaceBook, Instagram, or Twitter with the #ABlyth hashtag and shop link http://ablyth-shop.com, and we’ll send you a unique discount code.

Top Picks for January 2018 at ablyth-shop.com

Top Picks for January 2018 at ablyth-shop.com

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