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Would you believe me if I said that there’s an island in Japan full of these guys and girls? #rabbit #bunny #okunoshima #大久野島 #japan #japanese #holiday #travel #wildlife #cuteanimals

Would you believe me if I said that there’s an island in Japan full of these guys and girls? #rabbit #bunny #okunoshima #大久野島 #japan #japanese #holiday #travel #wildlife #cuteanimals Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2uWxeol

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Okunoshima Island, aka Rabbit Island

Okunoshima (大久野島) is a paradise in Hiroshima Prefecture not just for humans, but for bunnies as well. It was fun shooting at This small island in Japan’s south. It makes me feel like trying the challenge of wildlife photography for real. I’ll hop to writing a travel article about this island in the sun on the JapanesePhotos.Asia blog within a week. The article will include info on how to get there, where to stay, and what to expect. Look out for it. 🐰 OMG! There are bunny emoticons! #🐰🏝  Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2uUSz1f.

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It was fun working with Chiaki last night down town

It was fun working with Chiaki last night down town. It’s been a long time since I’ve done night shooting. I had hoped for either a spot of rain on clear / see-through umbrellas, or late afternoon sunset light. However, I got neither, but instead, we used the atmospheric light. Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2uHmspI. For more, see Chiaki’s gallery here.

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Lifestyle shoot: Summer at home


Daydreams. This is one of the wonderful photos with Eri from the shoot this week. Special thanks to the wonderful, cheery, and very talented Eri; it is always great working with you. Also, a big thanks to Akiko, our most-helpful and wonderful makeup artist for the day. Also, a special thanks to the owners of the house for letting us shoot there. どうもありがとうございました。


We shot a variety of situations through the day. The theme was a lifestyle shoot of “Summer at Home”. We couldn’t get through the complete wish list, but did the best we could. The typhoon the day before disrupted our start times, especially as we weren’t sure if we could start on time as planned, start later, if at all. In the end, we started later in the morning than we hoped.

The highlights: Eri can make paper cranes, Akiko was a brilliant assistant, the mandarin flavoured ice block was apparently really nice, so too the pizza, and I didn’t bump my head too many times on the low door frames.

 


Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2vo6ZrL. More photos of this shoot are in the Eri Gallery of the PhotoShelter Portfolio.

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Caught up with a buddy, and craftbeer in Akihabara

Caught up with a buddy over the weekend in Akihabara and discovered this wonderful craft beer place. My beer was slightly herbaceous and slightly hoppy, his was apparently herbaceous and fruity. I usually prefer darker beers, but it was hot, I mean, muggy, humid, dank, energy-sapping kind of hot. So, I had to get something light and spritzy. It was wonderful; the perfect way to end a hard-yakka day.
Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2vk6OOs.

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Just finished a photo shoot with Eri, and a funny story

Just finished a photo shoot with a wonderful model, Eri, and a new makeup artist Akiko. Thanks so much for your hard work; it was a fun day. Time to eat! Yes, I’m having Chinese spicy chicken with peanuts, and gyouza.
Funny story, I was sitting there and a group of English men were trying to order. They were obviously tourists, as they didn’t have a lick of Japanese among them, and so they struggled to order things. One guy wanted stir fried rice, but without the shrimp. The order arrived, and immediately he went into a five minute to and fro with the waiter about no shrimp, no meat, no chicken, no bacon, no meat. Anyway, the restaurant kindly re-made the order and he was satisfied. I had to lean over and say, “Erm… excuse me, if you’re a vegetarian, I can help you. I can teach you some basic phrases to help you. This is a Chinese restaurant, and so they put meat in almost everything”. He said he wasn’t a vegetarian, and they didn’t know it was a Chinese restaurant. Then ten minutes later I overheard one of them English gentlemen say, “So, we come to Japan every year to eat Chinese food”. I barely contained my snicker.
Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2wDxHME.

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All set up, but delayed because of yesterday’s typhoon

All set up, but delayed our start time because of yesterday’s typhoon. I thought the first thing I would do on arriving last night was to dump my bags at the front door, get my camera out and photograph everything. However, dragging my gear up the hill for about 20 minutes in the dank heat and humidity. Phew… I was spent! I have fairly strong legs and leg muscles, but I could barely walk back down to the station to find food. Anyway, the first time I got my gear out was this morning to check all the equipment, and do some light tests. Now, just waiting for everyone to come.
Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2vy6P3I.

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Guiding lines and repetition are the stuff of street photography

Guiding lines and repetition are the stuff of street photography. I’m fascinated by all the little differences between the Nagoya trains and those of Tokyo. Tokyo’s system is older, and some times struggles to cope with having sufficient capacity, which leads to some stations being very large and visually fascinating.
Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2hBaJTO.

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My first time in a Michelin restaurant!

I caught up with a friend in Akihabara, Tokyo. It was my first time to that part of Tokyo (actually, my 4th time to Tokyo). We were both tired and needed to sit down and eat. It was nearing 6pm, which means that restaurants were quickly filling up, and queues typically form moments after 6pm. So, we said, “Ok, let’s just go into this pork-cutlet place”. It was a little expensive for such a restaurant, but Japanese food is much, much, much cheaper than my English and Australian dining experiences. We placed our orders for not the best, but a good crumbed pork-cutlet. While waiting I spotted a sign by the cash register that said that this is a Michelin rated restaurant. Jaw-dropped I stammer the news to my friend. The food… the food… was amazing. It was the juiciest, softest, and most succulent pork-cutlet I’ve ever devoured. The staff were not young, cute, pretty, handsome people many Nagoya restaurants prefer. Instead, they were older, meticulous, methodical, and clockwork synchonicity as they silently worked around. The restaurant itself was tiny, but nobody bumped into each other, such is their expert character.
My first time in a Michelin restaurant! Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2ua0eN6.

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