Fly to Naha (Okinawa).
It’s been raining since last night. Tomorrow I will have a family photo session, but maybe it will be rain in Okinawa.
The towing car of Skymark Airlines shows handmade message poster “Thank you boarding”. Something human acts give me peace of mind. Skymark is under reconstruction by ANA (All Nippon Airways). I hope it to get well again.
Finished today’s work. Groom and bride have already had a 3 yld girl. In wedding party, she was called and eaten wedding cake by her parents but couldn’t to be afraid of that atmosphere. She was shy. After party I wanna take a picture of them together. The groom lifted her up but couldn’t make her smile.
In such a case, photographer should say “smile” for kids? No, I never. It was not due to a word that all they laughed naturally.
Finished today’s work.
I had “Omiyamairi” photo session. This is the first prayer to Japanese indigenous gods for 2-4 months baby.
After that, I took a pictures in their house.
Right there, the baby had the first time to toss and turn by herself.
Then I took a movie recording her motion and voice of her parents. It’s impossible for photos.
I was so lucky.
Finished today ’s work.
During taking kids photo, I don’t think anything without playing well with them. I hardly use the toys in order to attract them. I have only to play, they naturally watch at me.
In difficult case when they are not interested with me, I can think about pictures, but it makes no good result.
Finished first. Next trip to Kyoto.
On the platform, an old lady stood in front of the air conditioner blowing port. Excuse me Mrs, I feel hot, too. May I stand by you? I wanted to say, but I couldn’t.
Riding bus for engagement photo session.
Breakfast dishes of hotel are seasoned sweety. It is local taste in region Kyushu. I love it but people who live other part in Japan would not be familiar with this seasoning.
Arrived at Kagoshima, about 700km far away from Onomichi.
I straight off went shopping to supermarket after checking in the hotel. My target is "Imo-Shochu" (spirits with sweet potato).
Kagoshima is famous for the production of it Shochu.
Trip to Kagoshima. It seems that autumn rainy season has come in Japan. Cloudy today.
In a couple of weeks, I plan new web site for overseas photo session. Session fee will be changed from JPY to USD.
The reasons are a weak Yen and high prices of commodities.
Yesterday I had a “Noodle combo” at Udon shop in Osaka. It costs 390JPY, that is just 3USD.
I guess it’s amazing price in America. Government of Japan should raise people’s salary, and then raise prices of commodities.
Arrived at Tokyo. Rainy. I feel warm and wet air in a moment of going out from airplane. I find myself as a Japanese loving this air, but it would be not comfortable for a tripper coming back from California…
Now I will go home in Onomichi via Osaka.
Flying back to Tokyo via San Fransisico.
I wanna something to eat, but I found no restaurant without coffee shop…It’s just kidding. Seatac airport has few restaurant serving a dinner.
It will be midnight whenI will reach to San Fransisico. I have to eat something…
Near staying hotel. I went to downtown to receive the SD card miss handed to my clients yesterday. He took the trouble to bring it in lunch break. It was very sorry.
One week has passed since I came to US. I come to hope strongly living here. No not only here, Taiwan, Bangkok, and Paris. I wanna go anywhere if I can get jobs photography. My dream would be absurd, but true.
Finished today’s work. Family and, birthday party photo session.
I knew what they do at birthday parties in America, but I was a little surprised because it's the first time that I saw it myself.
I think it’s hard work for parents to prepare all the various things like cake, gifts, etc…
The party was fun, but they got all tired.
Then, I guess. Every weekend people have a kid’s birthday party somewhere in America. Just maybe it’s in demand of photo service…
Finish today’s work. Photo session with A family who began hotdog shop.
After photo session, he served me a hotdog which is the most difficult to make. Hash browns covered with a sausage, and topping french potato with source flavored gravy. Taste very good. I had never eat such a hotdog in Japan.
His wife asked me something to drink, then I choosed a cup of water.
I hardly drink Coke or other sweet drinks. I like oolong tea or English tea without sugar. But Americans may think it is wrong way while eating hotdogs…
Trip to Kirkland.
Passengers transfer from LRT to bus at this station locating in long tonnel. Train and bus comes to same platform. I'm very interested in this traffic system.
I prefer watching train and buses to climbing the Space Needle.
Reached at Seattle. The flight of Alaska Airlines was 1 hour half delay. But I observed that crews and passengers were not irritated. In Japan, I guess the crews have apologized immediately and said sorry many times.
The motel staying at Seattle is located near Seatac airport. I got off the LRT with people who had watched the NFL game (Seattle Seahawks?). I bought a Orca card to ride easily LRT and bus.
Fly to Seattle. Last night I had a dinner with wine, and bed in my client's home. I came back to hotel in this morning, took a shower, checked out in 30min, went to the airport, and do photo editing. There is no fun today but I'm really satisfied with such a daily life.
Finish today's work.
I go back to Oakland by Capitol Corridor running east side of bay area.
The train is more comfortable than Cal Train, no crowded. It runs through in the extensive tideland. I think it’s very beautiful scape when the train run there in sunset time.
Trip to San Jose for family photo session. I like clear sky in California.
In Oakland, I stay at a motel. The location of hotel is important for me. It's near the station, near the supermarket, I always walk to there, not by car. Because I can not do photo edition while driving!
By the way, we Japanese call "Business hotel" like a motel in America.
10 hours long flight was end. The experience of last month helps me to buy BART ticket so easily. I'm grad just a bit.
Temperature in San Fransisco is 21℃ (69°F)! It's amazing for me coming from muggy Tokyo.
Finish today’s work. It is too hot but breeze made us feeling comfortable.
At Miyajima, Her parents told me that she would ride a “Rikisha” to move from pier to Itsukushima-jinja shrine.
It took about 20min, I ran alongside of Rikisha. Yes, I could! Maybe I will can not walk tomorrow…
Finish and going back to Onomichi.
After photo session, I always hand to my clients all JPG datas in the SD card. This way is very easily for me, and give satisfaction to most of them.
Finish today's first. Next session starts in evening.
This is 6th time to take pictures with this family since 6 years ago. The older sister has grown up as a lady. She run around under the sunshine no more. It was a little pity.
But it is her parents and younger brother who are same as last year.
Onomichi station 8:17am
Trip to Hiroshima. I have two photo sessions today.
At first "family", next "Anniversary party of 70 years old".
I wonder the latter will be difficult to take pictures. Because he may not really be interested in pictures of himself, and me.
Good pictures are made by interactive communication between a model and a photographer.
Yamaguchi station 11:41am
Finishi today’s photo session.
The house where I visited was very old. 130 years ago! I was interested in its classic Japanese style.
Photo session was successed inspite of some troubles.
I handed photo datas on the spot, and hoped them like it.
From now I have to go Kitakyushu, but I forgot my baggage in locker at the station. I must go back…
During a wedding ceremony, I lost my camera! Although I looked for here and there, I couldn’t found it. The ceremony proceeded not to stop! I was very chocked I could take no pictures…! At that time I woke up from a dream. Good morning.
Nakano station 5:18pm Finish and going back to Onomichi. The parents who come to photo session for the first time may feel a little uneasy. I guess that they don’t know what they have to do. However there is nothing to do. In the photo session, important is not what to do but how to get used to me. I alway play with their kids. It’s the best way to be close friends.
When I was a child, I had never be taken photos by trip photographer. Because it was not tyoical way. 20 years after now, I’m looking forward to see the parents who I saw when they were kids.
Yamagata station 10:29am
Trip to Sendai for baby photo session.
Last night I had dinner (while drinking) in the room of hotel. I get sleepy because it was late at night, . Unfortunately, bed is near by side, I always regret after fell asleep in a few hours. It is very bad for oral hygiene, I know. No drinking no regret, but I know…