チャーン – Okinawan Chickens

Iha-san with his chan  chickens チャーン

Iha-san with his chan chickens チャーン

While taking Bear for a walk, I saw an Okinawan man feeding his chickens. I stopped and had a little chat with him. A couple of  hours later, I returned with my camera  to get a few pics.

Iha-san with his chan  chickens チャーン

Iha-san with his chan chickens チャーン

Iha-san is 60 and his hobby is looking after his chickens. Many of them are breeds that are only found in Okinawa and called Chan ( チャーン ) Some of his chickens have won awards at the local singing competitions. He showed me photos of him standing with a chicken under one arm, and a trophy in the other.

Iha-san with his chan  chickens チャーン

Iha-san with his chan chickens チャーン

I’ve never been to a singing competition for chickens, but I’ll add it to my list of things to do. Which reminds me, Japanese chickens say kokekoko rather than cock-a-doodle-doo.

Iha-san with his chan  chickens チャーン

Iha-san with his chan chickens チャーン

 

 

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Sing Sing Sing – The Crossover

Sing Sing Sing - The Crossover

Sing Sing Sing – The Crossover

On September 29th, Danish band Sing Sing Sing will release their new album The Crossover. Great music, and the group chose my Into the Mist photograph of Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi for the CD cover.

Fantastisk!

Sing Sing Sing - The Crossover

Sing Sing Sing – The Crossover

If you’d like a print of this image in color (or B&W on request) check out some of the prints I have available on the TRAVEL67 website.

18b Into the Mist

Into the Mist – Limited Edition A2 and A3 prints available from TRAVEL67.com

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The National Art Center, Roppongi, Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo, Roppongi, by Kisho Kurokawa

The National Art Center, Tokyo,

The National Art Center in  Roppongi,  Tokyo.  Designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa. Lovely.

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Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Dancing in the streets at the 33rd Asakusa Samba Festival in Tokyo. 22 teams including local Japanese and Brazilians bring Samba to the roads around Asakusa Shrine.

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

The event is watched by around 500,000 spectators so the streets do get a little crowded.

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Some participants went with the iconic sparkly Carnival outfits, while others wore costumes more representative of their region in Japan. This is why you have dancing okonomiyaki.

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Overall, a fun event, very different from the traditional religious festivals that I usually cover. Maybe I should start checking out the prices of flights to Rio.

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo

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Fuji Television Studios, Odaiba, Tokyo

Fuji Television Studios Building, Odaiba, Tokyo

Fuji Television Studios Building, Odaiba, Tokyo

Fuji Television Studios Building, Odaiba, Tokyo designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange.

Fuji Television Studios Building, Odaiba, Tokyo

Fuji Television Studios Building, Odaiba, Tokyo

Photographed using the Pentax 645Z with 25mm and 90mm lenses, with polarizer.

Fuji Television Studios Building, Odaiba, Tokyo

Fuji Television Studios Building, Odaiba, Tokyo

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Gundam Statue, Odaiba, Tokyo

Gundam Statue, Odaiba, Tokyo

Gundam Statue, Odaiba, Tokyo

There’s an 18-meter Gundam statue in front of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Odaiba, Tokyo.

I know nothing about Gundam, so I shall turn to Wikipedia.

The Gundam Series (ガンダムシリーズ ) is a metaseries of space opera anime created by Sunrise studios that features giant robots (or “mecha”) called “Mobile Suits” (MS); usually the protagonist’s MS will carry the name “Gundam.”

Sounds a bit like the giant robot suits in the very mediocre Pacific Rim movie.  The statue was pretty impressive, and worth checking out if you’re visiting Odaiba.

Gundam Statue, Odaiba, Tokyo

Gundam Statue, Odaiba, Tokyo

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Okinawa – International Destination Weddings

Pre-wedding 645Z 1/60 2.8 ISO400

Pre-wedding 645Z 1/60 2.8 ISO400

Okinawa is a popular wedding destination for mainland Japanese, and more recently couples from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. I teamed up with the Marine Bijou wedding chapel, and model Yuki to produce some stock imagery that I can use in future projects.

Marine bijou wedding chapel, Kise  Beach Palace resort, Okinawa

Marine bijou wedding chapel, Kise Beach Palace resort, Okinawa

I shot with the Pentax 645Z allowing me to provide clients with huge data files if needed. For the “pre-wedding” images I used only natural light then switched to Profoto strobes in the chapel and on the beach.

Marine bijou wedding chapel, Kise  Beach Palace resort, Okinawa

Marine bijou wedding chapel, Kise Beach Palace resort, Okinawa

Outdoors in the blazing sunshine, one assistant (Chris) held the Profoto B1 in a white softlight reflector, while another assistant (Cody) held a large Lastolite diffusion panel that put Yuki into soft shade.

Kise  Beach Palace resort, Okinawa, Japan

Kise Beach Palace resort, Okinawa, Japan

The strong tropical sunlight really brought out the colors in the ocean, while the diffuser and powerful strobe allowed us to avoid harsh shadows.

Kise  Beach Palace resort, Okinawa, Japan

Kise Beach Palace resort, Okinawa, Japan

I got a great series of images so a huge thanks to Marine Bijou, the make up artist, Yuki the model, and assistants Chris and Cody.

Kise  Beach Palace resort, Okinawa, Japan

Kise Beach Palace resort, Okinawa, Japan

If you’ve found this blog because you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Okinawa, then you can either go through a resort facility such as Marine bijou, or contact a wedding photographer directly: Pete Leong Photography or Adam L Photography.

Or you could just forget about hiring a photographer, and have the bride take selfies….

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