Posts Tagged ‘写真’

MADE WITH JAPAN PHOTO DIARY/PART 4: OKAYAMA

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Made with Japan Photo Diary Part 4 Okayama, Japan

From Tokyo, my next destination was Okayama. Okayama Prefecture is rural for the most part especially when compared to Tokyo. More traditions are left untouched and you can also enjoy great views, lots of old architecture,  and farm fields. Lots and lots of farms. Okayama is probably most well known for the Koraku-en park and as the origin of the Momotaro fable (Peach Boy). If you’ve been following Made with Japan, Okayama is also home and origin of Japanese denim. The industry here is the strongest it has ever been thanks to the efforts to preserve traditional high-quality denim making techniques by companies like Japan Blue Group, parent company of Momotaro Jeans. You can read our interview with Momotaro Jeans HERE.

Okayama is a very special place for me because my mom is from here, a small town in Okayama called Ushimado (literally translating into “cow window”). I used to come out here to visit my relatives and I have fond childhood memories helping my grandparents out in the fields (they were super farmers), playing with my cousins, outings to parks, the beach, fishing, sailing, and what not. In this episode, I will share pictures of my grandma’s traditional Japanese house, where a good chunk of my memories in Okayama revolve around.

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MADE WITH JAPAN PHOTO DIARY - JAPAN FALL 2010 : PART 3

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Short trip over to Hakone to relax in the onsen hot springs.
Staying at a ryokan inn and soaking in onsen are a popular tourist activity as well as a favorite domestic vacation for many Japanese. Families, friends, couples, co-workers, etc. all go to ryokans which are more often located in rural areas, to get some relaxation time away from their hectic everyday lives. Culturally, we love baths but natural onsen is said to have healing properties from its mineral contents which makes it special.

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SCHOOLGIRL COMPLEX NOW ON SALE

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

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MWJ member Yuki Aoyama releases his second photobook, “Schoolgirl Complex” featuring work from his Canon Excellence Award winning series “UNDERCOVER.” This series expresses nostalgia and the sweet/sour eroticism from the point of view of a Japanese adolescent boy. 160 pages, all full color pictures, ¥1,880 (including tax).

Also proudly announcing “Schoolgirl Complex” reached 3rd in the books category on Amazon Japan!

Check out the book available HERE

Also check out Yuki Aoyama’s website http://yukiao.jp