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Asaki Kuryu, Modern Dancer

Professional dancer Asaki Kuryu and I are in talks with a local Tokyo band to potentially collaborate on a music video, showing off one of their tunes set to her very elegant, freeform modern choreography.

She and I got together a few weeks ago and headed out to Futako-Tamagawa, where there is a large river giving us a safe and spacious place to do some early test footage. It’s not the prettiest location, but Asaki saved the footage with her beautiful, emotive movements, and I’m looking forward to working with her again soon.

Check out the test footage below, or to see more of Asaki check out her Instagram or Youtube pages.

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Kuno Pottery for Zeiss

Tokyo based photographer Irwin Wong has spent a lot of time chronicling traditional Japanese artisans. He has produced several videos for German lensmaker Zeiss documenting these subjects.

We got to tag along to one of his shoots recently, and provide some establishing shots in the beautiful old town of Kasama in Ibaraki, where he tells the story of a dynasty of potters.

The skill and dedication of this craftswoman is incredibly apparent in this beautifully shot video, so please check it out below!

Congratulations Lewis and Aika! 

Earlier this summer, I attended an old friend's wedding out in Chiba.

It was held at a lush forest campsite, on a lovely sunny day. Although I was a guest of the wedding and not working, I brought along one of our drones and did a few short flights in the afternoon and at dusk.

You can see all the guests enjoying themselves as the shadows lengthen and the fairy lights come on.

Congratulations Lewis and Aika on a beautiful wedding!

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Torahime, Shiga-ken

Following the bloom of the sakura, I stopped by the beautiful small town of Torahime in Shiga, Japan. It's full of rice fields, rivers, sudden hills dotted with shrines, and is bordered by both mountains and Biwako, Japan's largest freshwater lake. 

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In this part of the country it's not uncommon to see the quaint 2-4 car train carriages, although timing their passing is tough as they only go by every 30 minutes or so, a far cry from the incessant arrivals and departures on Tokyo train tracks.

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The weather was unfortunately quite hazy, and the plant life still quite brown, but cherry blossoms tend to lift even the dreariest of surroundings. There's a particularly lovely quiet avenue of sakura along Anegawa, with a view towards Mt Ibuki.