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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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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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Nagahama Castle, Mishimaike, Mukainokura

As I mentioned last week, I recently spent a few days in Shiga Prefecture.

When I first arrived in Japan about 10 years ago, I lived in the beautiful town on Nagahama, so I have very fond, nostalgic memories of this place.

It was an absolute pleasure to fly the drone near Nagahama castle, taking in the cherry blossoms around the Hokoen park, right on the edge of Lake Biwa. I used to live right by this area, so it was wonderful to see such familiar sights from a completely new perspective.

After a beautiful sunrise, I made my way for the nearby Mishimaike, a famous garden and pond with traditional old bridges and stone lanterns, with Mt Ibuki as its backdrop. I had to fly cautiously as a passing school group scared a large group of ducks into flight.

Finally, for something a bit different, I made my way to the abandoned town of Mukainokura, nestled in the hills near the city of Hikone. My friend Florian first told me about this place, and I first visited it years ago for a photoshoot (see images below).

It was nice to return to the village and the adjacent shrine, it’s very peaceful there among the ruins. Not much had changed in the 3 or 4 years since I was last there, as the buildings are slowly swallowed back up into the earth.

Check out the video below to see some of these flights near Nagahama Castle, Mishimaike and Mukainokura.

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