新刊:The Companies We Keep 2

ハワイでベストセラーとなっている本「The Companies We Keep 2」に私が撮った札幌雪まつりの写真が記事付きで掲載されました。

ハワイのいろいろな面白い人物、会社、名所などを多数の記事で紹介しています。たとえば、マリリンモンローがハワイへ訪問した話し、有名なホテルやお店の裏話など。私の写真は雪像のイオラニ宮殿を紹介してます。
http://photoguide.jp/pix/displayimage.php?album=248&pid=37552
http://photoguide.jp/pix/displayimage.php?album=248&pid=37553

本のHP:
http://www.companieswekeep.com/companies2_alt.html

地元新聞記事:
http://starbulletin.com/2007/12/30/business/story01.html

ISBN: 978-0972450416
Book

最新の写真: 2007年11月分

ハワイと日本、僕の二つの祖国。この仲のいい関係を写真と英文記事のシリーズで記念したいと思います。

ハワイと日本の関係は1881年以降に凄まじい展開となりました。ハワイ国王と明治天皇の会見、日本人の移民、日系人の活躍、観光客の到来、そして1990年代から国内にフラやハワイの文化が大人気でシニアから若者まで習っています。なんという最高な関係。とても嬉しい。

Hokule’a in Yokohama
Hokule’a Canoe Tour

Robert Walker Irwin
-ハワイの大使
Ikaho Hawaiian Festival
– 伊香保温泉
Hula in Hawaii
Cazimeros in Japan

Making Yokaichi Giant Kite
Taga Taisha Lantern Festival
Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival 2007
Rowing Lake Biwa
Kyoto Gion Matsuri Yoiyama
T. Enami

Latest images/videos for Feb. 2008

Over 18,000 images of Japan online. Here are the latest:

Tokyo Marathon 2008
Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle, Fukushima
Byakkotai, Aizu-Wakamatsu – Graves of samurai who committed seppuku
Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima
Shibata Castle, Niigata
Niigata city
Agano, Niigata
Zuiryuji Temple, Takaoka, Toyama
Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
Battledore Fair, Asakusa
Akihabara, Tokyo
Tokyo Anime Center
Gotokuji Temple, Setagaya, Tokyo
Hama-rikyu Gardens, Tokyo
Shiba-rikyu Gardens, Tokyo
Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, Tokyo
Rikugien Garden in fall, Tokyo
Kameido Tenjin Chrysanthemums, Tokyo
Sengakuji Temple & Gishisai, Tokyo
Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine and Yokozuna Rikishi Monument, Tokyo
Matsuo Basho, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Gokokuji Temple, Tokyo
Nihon Minkaen (Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum)
Komae, Tokyo
Robotics Expos 2007
Aoyama Cemetery, Tokyo
Ii Naosuke, Hikone
Indigo dyeing, Shiga
Kita-Biwako Steam Locomotive, Shiga
Egypt Pavilion, Shiga
Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine, Shiga

Videos:
Tokyo Marathon 2008
2007 International Robot Exhibition
Sotobori Canal Trains & Cherries
Lake Hyo ducks and whooping swans
Asakusa Hagoita Battledores
Asakusa Yabusame Horseback Archery
Robot boxing match
Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival 2007
Hikone Castle Moat Boat Ride
Taga Taisha Lantern Festival
Kita-Biwako Steam Locomotive train
Rowing Lake Biwa
Goshu Ondo dance
Hikone Castle Bell Time-Keeping Bell ringing

More videos…

Photo Imaging Expo 2008, Mar. 19-22, Tokyo

On March 19-22, 2008, the Photo Imaging Expo (PIE2008) will be held at Tokyo Big Sight, East Hall 4 to 6

This is THE photo expo in Japan where you can find small-format film and digital cameras and accessories, large-format and professional equipment, and minilabs.

Various seminars, workshops, and entertainment for amateur shutterbugs, pros, and families and children are scheduled.

It is Asia’s largest photo trade show with about 200 exhibitors.

Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (till 16:00 on last day). Admission 1,000 yen.
Directions to Tokyo Big Sight: http://www.bigsight.jp/english/general/access/index.html

English Web site: http://www.photoimagingexpo.com/top_e.html

My Snow Festival pics in new Hawaii book

A new book called “The Companies We Keep 2,” published in Hawaii by Bob Sigall, includes two of my pictures of Iolani Palace at the Sapporo Snow Festival.

The book is a compilation of many illustrated articles about various people, places, and companies in Hawaii. Lot of interesting tidbits and anecdotes about Jack Lord, Marilyn Monroe’s stopover in Hawaii, Ala Moana Shopping Center, local food and restauramts, etc., etc.

One article called “An Iolani Palace outside Hawaii??” is based on my photos of Iolani Palace (in Honolulu) made of snow at the Sapporo Snow Festival:
http://photoguide.jp/pix/displayimage.php?album=248&pid=37552
http://photoguide.jp/pix/displayimage.php?album=248&pid=37553

The article generously mentions me and my Web site.

The book author also appeared on a local TV talk show (with Andy Bumatai) on March 4, 2008 and showed my picture and mentioned my name. See video:

Book’s official site here:
http://www.companieswekeep.com/companies2_alt.html

Star Bulletin article here:
http://starbulletin.com/2007/12/30/business/story01.html

ISBN: 978-0972450416

Kamakura photo book by Andy Barker

Veteran photographer, photography instructor, and longtime Japan resident Andy Barker has published a book of his photos of Kamakura in English and Japanese.

Title: Kamakura – A Collection of Photographs by Andy Barker
ISBN: 978-4-9903528-0-6
Price: 2100 yen (inc. tax)
Published by: photospace b books
Available at: Kinokuniya (Tokyo, New York, and San Francisco) and Maruzen book stores in Tokyo, and at Kamakura book shops (Shimamori bookstore, one block directly in front of JR Kamakura Station’s East Exit. Hasedera Temple’s gift shop located next to the ticket gate. Kamakura Prince Hotel gift shop.)

*Autographed copies available directly from Andy Barker at photospace_b@yahoo.com (2500 yen within Japan or USD30.00 outside Japan including shipping)
Sample images: http://photospace_b.tripod.com/extras.html

This square book has 60 pages with 59 photos, mostly color. It’s a medium-size book, light enough to carry home and small enough to put on your coffee table along with a few other books.

The pictures are divided into the four seasons, starting with spring. Each picture is captioned in English and Japanese. The book’s design and layout was done by Andy himself and it turned out very nice and attractive.

The pictures show the temples, shrines, festivals, gardens, and people of Kamakura, a former feudal capital city of Japan. This famous city has already been photographed to death, and for this book, Andy avoided including the standard, cliched shots and put in more unique images. For example, the famous Daibutsu statue is photographed at night as well as in snow. The book makes a great gift from Japan.

Andy fell in love with Kamakura decades ago and still goes there to shoot regularly, commuting by bicycle from his home in nearby Zushi. After shooting Kamakura for so many years, you’d think that he has photographed everything already. But apparently not.

Well, that’s the thing about Japan. There is an infinite number of pictures to be captured. Even in the same place or city, it looks different during the four seasons, during different times of day, and during different years. You really have to keep going back if you want to photograph “everything.” The possibilities are endless, and our job of photographing Japan never ends.

Update: Andy Barker’s Kamakura photo book is also available as an app for download on your iPhone or iPod Touch. The price is 230 yen or around $2.50. Just search for Andy Barker and you’ll find the app.

Andy also holds photography classes in English in the Tokyo area. More info here: http://photospace_b.tripod.com/course_descriptions.html

What’s New for Nov. 2007

Japan & Hawaii

I have finally started to write a series of photo essays and articles about these two places to which I’m deeply rooted.

Japan and Hawaii seem to have been made for each other–A match made in Heaven. I enjoy and relish the historical and current relationship and affinity between these two “forever friends.”

In 1881, King David Kalakaua visited Japan for 19 days and was befriended by Emperor Meiji. In 1885, Japanese immigrants began to arrive in Hawaii in large numbers. By 1924, over 200,000 Japanese immigrants came. Their descendants reached the highest levels of government and business.

From the 1970s, the second invasion of Japanese came in the form of tourists. Compared to local Japanese-Americans, these authentic Japanese at first looked, well, different.

Then since the 1990s, the hula has became very popular in Japan with both elderly and young women learning how to hula.

To those of us with roots in both Japan and Hawaii, these developments have been nothing short but astounding. With this continuing series of articles and photos, I shall celebrate and honor the Japan-Hawaii connection and my own heritage.

Hokule’a in Yokohama
Hokule’a Canoe Tour

Robert Walker Irwin
-Hawaiian Minister to Japan
Ikaho Hawaiian Festival

Hula in Hawaii
Cazimeros in Japan
Making Yokaichi Giant Kite
Taga Taisha Lantern Festival
Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival 2007
Rowing Lake Biwa
Kyoto Gion Matsuri Yoiyama
T. Enami

More articles and photos related to the Japan-and-Hawaii connection will come later.

Also, during Sept. and Oct. 2007, parts of our site (especially NewsZONE and iStore) were not working due to server upgrades causing incompatibility. Sorry for the inconvenience. Everything is working now.

Supermodel Sayoko Yamaguchi dies

I was shocked and saddened to hear that Japan’s one and only super fashion model, Sayoko Yamaguchi, died of acute pneumonia on Aug. 14, 2007. She was 57.

She was by far, my all-time favorite fashion model, even though I never saw her in person. One of the most photogenic women in the world, she was the epitome of Japanese chic and fashion. It wasn’t just the way she looked or what she wore. It was also her attitude and inner spirit.

She was in a class all by herself, and no Japanese fashion model since the 1970s has ever come close to her looks, fashion, mystique, elegance, class, and attitude. She will be sorely missed by the fashion world and photographers alike.

She sought to promote Japan and Japaneseness. Her okappa short bob hairstyle was a trademark. It was the traditional haircut for little Japanese girls. It’s the hairstyle that looks like someone covered her head with a bowl and just cut the hair along the edge of bowl. Straight bangs are cut straight across the forehead, and the rest of her hair is cut straight all around her head.

Who else can make a major fashion impact with this chawan cut?

Another Japanese legend I missed seeing in person.

Read more about Sayoko here:
http://photoguide.jp/txt/YAMAGUCHI_Sayoko

This guy named ricky liow plagiarized my essay on Sayoko:
http://www.rickyliowsayokoyamaguchi.blogspot.com/

Update: The Web host deleted the offending text in June 2010.

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