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Back In Japan: Friends, Food and Sakura Trees


“Your photos aren’t as good this time.”
“Heh, I know. I’m glad you noticed.”

I had a conversation with a good friend after meeting him in a small Italian restaurant in Ebisu, not far from where we first met on my first trip to Japan. I laughed about the conversation, knowing full well how accurately he caught me. This was my second trip to Japan, one I had been dreaming of for months. I wasn’t just dreaming of course, I knew I had to go back and I spent a lot of time planning on what I wanted to shoot and how I wanted to shoot it.

Of course, when I arrived it all fell apart. It was meant to be a photo journey but more so than that it was meant to visit friends, enjoy my time and see sakura trees in bloom for the first time in my life.  I only had a week in Japan this time around and much too big of a schedule to wander around random streets, getting lost in Tokyo and living  through my lens.

Japan, to me, is a  spiritual second home (most would argue first home). While there ended up being many factors to contribute to what i perceived was my failing as a photographer I would be lying if i said turning off the camera and just enjoying my time wasn’t one of them. I wanted to use whatever opportunity I had to get shots of a slice of culture and life there but my camera also sat, turned off, in my camera bag for quite a bit of the trip. At times it’s an amazing feeling documenting the things I see, other times you just have to live in the moment and enjoy life.

It doesn’t make for the best pictures but I look more at it now as a chance to enjoy the small things and a small documentation of some of the memories.

There is no doubt that I will make another trip soon. I love it there, from the good friends, to the food, to the many quirks of the culture. The photo journey will just have to wait till the next trip.

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Gosia - August 21, 2012 - 11:09 am

Hey, I accidentally found your blog, and I absolutely love it! I’m so jealous! I wish I could visit either Japan or south Korea. I find japanese culture, language and everything very interesting, and I am actually planing to move to Japan after university so few months ago I started to learn japanese language. I also really like most of your photographs. Keep up with good work!

Nick D. - September 28, 2012 - 11:00 am

I love your pictures, I went to Japan when I was young so now I have a deep rooted love of Japanese culture, and your pictures really show hoe beautiful it is there.