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Tourists to Japan now over 24 million annually

In 2015 the number of tourists to Japan was just under 20 million. However, 2016 saw a rise up to 24 million tourists (Japan Today). JT also reports that most visitors came from South Korea and China. Most travellers stuck to the so called “golden route”, and not visit the lesser known destinations in Japan. Japan Today did not define it, but it can only be supposed that the “golden route” must be the main guidebook attractions in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe.


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A young Japanese lady standing in front of Zojo-ji Temple, which Tokyo Tower in the background.

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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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Model call for Tokyo 7-9 Jan 2017

* Tokyo-based people only
TBC = To be confirmed. Schedules and details are still being organised.
TBA = To be announced. When the schedule is fixed, you will be told the details.

 

Basic info: The shoot is in Tokyo Japan, and only open to anyone (aged 20 and older) in the Tokyo area. The shoot can be scheduled for the morning, afternoon, or evening. Please note that the payment is in Japanese yen, not US dollars or other currencies.

Wanted: male and female models or couples for (outdoor) traveller / tourist type of photos, and candid-like street portraiture. Clothing should be nice, simple, but of tourist-like appearance. You may also be needed for an artistic makeup art shoot.
Also, young Japanese women with kimonos, or other people in cosplay.
MUA: Makeup artist to ensure the models look great and natural. Provide makeup work, basic hair setting, and nails. Also some general photo shoot assistance.


Theme: Candid street portraits and traveller / tourism
Location: Streets and tourist areas of central Tokyo including Shibuya and the vicinity of Tokyo Skytree, Akihabara, or Harajuku; TBC.
When: Time: TBA; Dates: 7th, 8th, or 9th January 2017.
Clothing: This is a low-budget shoot, so there is no wardrobe to be supplied. Please wear something that is not high fashion, but nice, simple, and with no brands or logos. Comfortable shoes is also best.
Also, young female Japanese models who have a kimono, or has a cosplay outfit, and who is available on Monday the 9th Jan. This shoot is a collaborative project, and so it will probably be TF (trade for), which means unpaid, but you will get photos for your portfolio for self-promotion. This shoot will be with an international model who is in Japan for a very short time.
Pay: TF (Trade for, unpaid) for collaborative projects.
Others: Models, ¥2,500/hour (Japanese currency) each shoot; shoots can be 2 to 4 hours. MUA, ¥5,000 for two hours, plus makeup kit expenses (negotiable).
Required: Models will sign a model release to allow the photos to be used for commercial purposes. Photos will be added to commercial stock libraries.
Links: For general model call information in English and モデル求人日本語, see this announcement on Model Mayhem, Contact me here, or via JapanesePhotos.Asia for more information. My main portfolio is on PhotoShelter.


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 should keep them in a train station locker.

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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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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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Model Call for 6 or 7 November 2016

* Tokyo-based people only

** Recruiting has finished. Thanks to all those people for contacting me.

 

Basic info: The shoot is in Tokyo Japan, and only open to anyone (aged 20 and older) in the Tokyo area. The shoot can be scheduled for the morning, afternoon, or evening. Please note that the payment is in yen, not US dollars or other currencies.

Wanted: male and female models or couples for (outdoor) traveller / tourist type of photos, and candid-like street portraiture. Clothing should be nice, simple, but of tourist-like appearance.
MUA: Makeup artist to ensure the models look great and natural. Provide makeup work, basic hair setting, and nails. Also some general photo shoot assistance.


Theme: Candid street portraits and traveller / tourism
Location: Streets and tourist areas of central Tokyo including Shibuya and the vicinity of Tokyo Skytree (TBC).
When: TBC, 6th or 7th November 2016.
Clothing: This is a low-budget shoot, so there is no wardrobe to be supplied. Please wear something that is not high fashion, but nice, simple, and with no brands or logos. Comfortable shoes is also best.
Pay: Models, ¥2,500/hour (Japanese currency) each shoot; shoots can be 2 to 4 hours. MUA, ¥5,000 for two hours, plus makeup kit expenses (negotiable).
Required: Models will sign a model release to allow the photos to be used for commercial purposes.
Links: For general model call information in English and モデル求人日本語, see this announcement on Model Mayhem, Contact me here, or via JapanesePhotos.Asia for more information. My main portfolio is on PhotoShelter.


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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#POTW Ana & Joanie at Sensoji Temple Tokyo

This Photo of the Week (POTW) is of Ana and Joanie at Sensoji Temple, a premier tourist attraction in Tokyo. It was great to work with Ana again, and to work with Joanie for the first time. They were great to work with and helped to make a great collection of images like this selfie. For more images like this, see the Ana, Joanie, Tokyo, and Alamy galleries.


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5 things to do in Tokyo

Tokyo is an exciting city with many things happening all the time. If it’s your first time, I really recommend you stay at a hotel in Asakusa (Google Maps), so you’re close to the rickshaws, Sensoji temple, kabuki theaters, the vibrant restaurant districts that are typical of Japan (but these ones have English menus), and a casual walk to Tokyo Skytree Tower.


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1. See the Shibuya Crossing

It is said that in peak hours about a thousand people cross at each light change (every two to three minutes). I guess this is in the evening when people are coming from and going to work, and going to a night out with colleagues. This is the crossing that has featured as “Tokyo” in various movies including Resident Evil, and has it’s own Wikipedia entry (Wikipedia). You watch could watch this fascinating coordination of people scrambling from the Loccitane Cafe (pictured, the yellow place behind the tree), the Metro station, or Starbucks 2nd floor in the Tsutaya building (pictured, to the right), and you might be lucky enough to get a rarely opening window seat. You’d have to case out the place and figure out who is camped out for a few hours, and who are there just for the view. The ones who are there for the view will probably be bored after about half and hour and leave. Be ready to grab your tray and claim a spot quickly. Interestingly, “Tall” is the largest size this Starbucks serves.


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2. Visit Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple is in Asakusa near the Asakusa Metro station on the Ginza Line. It is perhaps the oldest or first religious site in Tokyo, and the most visited tourist attraction. Despite the ominous promise of crowds, it’s not that bad, and other tourists are nice and respectful.


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3. Rent a kimono

It is possible for men and women to rent a kimono for the morning, afternoon, or the day in Tokyo and Kyoto. The best place in Tokyo is probably in Asakusa, near Sensoji Temple. It’s a small area, and so you don’t have to walk far wearing it, and have all the great photo ops you can imagine. A model of mine has written about this experience before, see here for Mariko’s kimono story.


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4. Try the food

DON’T do McDonalds! Ramen is a cheap, classic, healthy, and hearty food. It’s quick and easy to order, and is a real friend to weary travelers at the end of a long day. Also see previous blog posts on food, including ramen and sushi blog posts.


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5. See the sumo

Sumo is held for middle two weeks, every second month. It also is held in different cities. The schedule is January-Tokyo, March-Osaka, May-Tokyo, July-Nagoya, September-Tokyo, November-Fukuoka. Tickets go on sale about two months before the tournament, and can sell out quick. It is possible to book tickets online in English. See previous blog posts for more info about sumo.


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Bonus: Rickshaw rides.

Rickshaw rides are best had near Sensoji Temple, Asakusa. The rickshaw pullers have some English language abilities, lots of energy, and will tell you about the neighbourhood they’ll take you through, with lots of unique photo ops you’ll never get back home. They can even give you some additional advice and perhaps discount offers for other unique Japanese things like tea ceremonies and more.


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I’ve only been to Tokyo once for two short days, and couldn’t even scratch the surface of this busy city. There’s lots more to see and experience, including maid cafés, kabuki, Japanese tea ceremonies (held at some hotels), restaurant pubs, the city view from the Mori Building, and lots more. My advice is spend at least a week there, and may be do a day trip to Mt Fuji. Finally, make plans to go back for more exploration.


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