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We have a pretty active Facebook page called Photographers Japan for photographers in Japan or photographers who are interested in Japan.
It’s mainly a forum in English where we post links, questions, news, information, etc., related to photography and Japan. If interested, you can request to join us.
Note that it is not a place to show your photos of Japan (you can do that on your own timeline). It’s more information-oriented rather than for photo sharing.
When photographing bullet trains in Japan, don’t get too close to the tracks.
I took this photo inside a department store in Kyoto. It happened to include the three words I live by. Merry Christmas!
Updated: Our group photo exhibition in Kyoto went very well. It was great meeting people and explaining about our pictures and work. Thank you to all who came to see us.
Photos of the exhibition here:
PhotoGuide Japan organized a group photo exhibition in Kyoto held on Nov. 16-20, 2011 at the Kyoto International Community House in Kyoto, near Keage Station (5 min. by Tozai Line subway from Yamashina Station). The exhibition room was open from noon to 7 pm (till 5:30 pm on the 20th). We had a gathering on Nov. 19 (Sat.) at 5 pm – 7 pm and on Nov. 20 (Sun.) at 4 pm – 5:30 pm when the public was invited to meet the artists. Free admission.
The theme was “Home Sweet Hometown.” Many of us foreigners in Japan have lived here for so long that Japan has become our second hometown. We love our hometowns in Japan so much that we often photograph it. We shared some images of our beloved hometowns.
Micah Gampel: “My Furukiyoki” self-portraits with friends in Kyoto. Very amusing collection of prints.
Peter Macintosh: Huge mural of Kyoto geisha photos taken over the past 10 years.
Motoyasu Matsutani: Pretty pictures of Kyoto.
Peter Miller: Copperplate photogravures of furusato scenes in Japan such as Shirakawa-go and Kamakura.
Philbert Ono: Introduction of Shiga’s hometown song, Lake Biwa Rowing Song. (Biwako Shuko no Uta) created by Kyoto University Rowing Club members in 1917.
Bruce Osborn: Maibara (Shiga Prefecture) Oyako (Parent-child) portraits taken in the four seasons.
John Wells: Mixed media (oil painting, sumie painting, etc.) of Kyoto scenes/objects.
The Japan Times inserted a nice announcement for our show in the Nov. 13, 2011 issue:
Note that major camera stores in the Tokyo (Kanto) area are closing or limiting their store hours to conserve power or to adapt to the rolling blackout.
Stores outside the 23 wards of Tokyo are especially affected. Check with the store by phone to see if they will be open.
Nikon has posted a bulletin on its Web site on March 14, 2011 to report damage and personnel injuries to factories and workers hit by the Tohoku earthquake in northeastern Japan. They do not know when they can resume operations.
They will likely have global supply problems. Their damaged Sendai factory produced their top D-SLRs including the D3x, D3s and D700.
See the Nikon bulletin here:
Hope they get up and running soon.
Northern Japan got hit with a major earthquake today on March 11, 2011. We felt it in Tokyo as well, and it was the worse earthquake I ever experienced. I was at home and rushed out as soon as it became clear it was a big one.
We had a few aftershocks and it was hard to return home, fearing more aftershocks. But it settled down, and my books, flat-panel TV, stereo speakers, etc., toppled over. Fortunately, no real damage except for a few scratches on the TV.
Anyway, I’m alive and well.
I just uploaded another video clip to YouTube and I got the following message:
Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads longer than 15 minutes. Click the Upload button below to select a video.
Wow, I was happy to hear that the video length limit was extended from 10 min. to 15 min. last year in 2010, but now it looks like I’ll have a lot more freedom with video clips as long as the file size is not larger than 2 GB. Great!