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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.

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.
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New scenery. The wonders of getting lost.

New scenery. The wonders of getting lost. There are a few types of homes in Japan, including apartments (cheap construction), condominiums (quality construction), and houses (old and new). All homes eventually get torn down and replaced, partly laws (for apartments and condominiums), and societal expectations (for houses). Houses of this era are getting rarer, and I’m sure in a few years the owners will have replaced it. Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2fbs4xP.

Moving season in Japan

It’s moving season in Japan. Especially for company employees and their families, and some university students, it’s that time of year when a portion of the nation packs up and relocates. Moving companies and furniture store companies are booked out from about mid March until mid to late May, and I guess car rental agencies get busy too. Moving companies are very organised. You don’t have to pack a thing. For a one-person studio apartment (aka “1DK apartment”) they can just turn up, pack things in specialist boxes, and have your place empty within a couple of hours. You jump on the train, and meet your stuff at your new apartment. See the video below for more on this.

Removalists working in front of a condominium in moving season in Japan.

Removalists working in front of a condominium in moving season in Japan.

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Japanese real estate agents have a code system for describing apartments and condominiums. The number means the places to sleep; D is Dining; K is kitchen; L is Living room. So you could get a 3LDK place, which is a large, three bedroom place with a living area, dining area, and kitchen. These are typically the open plan style. Most single people live in a 1 DK, which can be likened to a shoe box with a bathroom. These are kind of cheap, but ok.

There are typically condominiums and apartments. Condominiums are typically owned by the occupants, and apartments are typically rented. Condominiums have solid concrete walls, whilst apartments have less sound-proof walls.

POTW: 7th Nov, 2011 Winter in Shirakawa

This Photo of the Week (POTW) comes from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa. This village is well known for being the place where traditional mountain rural farm houses were moved to and maintained. The thatch roofs are massive, and requires a team of a lot more than 50 people to help build. These thatch roofs need replacing about every twenty years and it is a real community project. My guess is that they plan whose house is to be done next, and they would probably have all the houses on a roster. Shirakawa is a living open are museum. People live in the houses, these houses are real shops and museums, and private homes. The village is great to stroll around in the day, and very nicely lit up at night (as seen below). I do have photos of the whole village at my PhotoShelter portfolio, please browse for more.