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A few Kyoto Temple Layouts

A few Kyoto Temple Layouts

Here are the layouts of a few shrines from Kyoto in no specific order or preference. These were all shot on a phone, and have been corrected for perspective. The same images are available outside the respective shrines. Fushimi-Inari Shrine Kinkaku-Ji...
Visiting Japan Part 3: Kyoto

Visiting Japan Part 3: Kyoto

Kyoto embodies the picture perfect city. It is where one goes in Japan to experience true Japanese tradition. One can get lost in the many shrines that this city has, but they are only a small part of what there is on offer. This city is home to Gion, a district that...
Visiting Japan Part 2: Tokyo

Visiting Japan Part 2: Tokyo

Tokyo is a city that needs no introduction. As a nation, Japan is a country of contrasts and harmony; a technologically advanced nation that is built on centuries of tradition. It is one of the most densely populated nations in the world. In spite of this, it’s...
Visiting Japan Part 1: What you need to know

Visiting Japan Part 1: What you need to know

This is the first in a series of articles about travelling to Japan. I had originally planned to write up a single article, but realised very quickly that it was going to become quite large, and that it made sense to break it down into smaller chunks. When I moved to...
Kyoto in Time Lapse

Kyoto in Time Lapse

This is the second of two short films that I shot in Japan during my trip there in October 2016, and comes from Kyoto. Japan is a nation of paradoxes. This technologically advanced nation has its culture deeply entrenched in centuries of tradition. No culture does...
Tokyo in Time Lapse

Tokyo in Time Lapse

This city of 34 million people has a lot to offer to a visitor. I’d been planning a trip to Tokyo for over 8 years, and I finally decided to just go and do it earlier this year. I spent 7 days in Japan of which 4 days was dedicated to time in Tokyo. During this...
Making friends in Japan

Making friends in Japan

A few days ago, I was in Tokyo. It was mid-morning, when I’d visited Asakusa. I was shooting time lapse footage outside the Senso-Ji shrine. A young Japanese girl dressed in an elaborate kimono was trying to shoot a portrait of herself with her friend’s help. Even...
A thousand Tori gates at sunrise

A thousand Tori gates at sunrise

Sometimes you have to wake up at early to catch on location at the right time. This is especially true for the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto. The location is perhaps best known for one of the iconic scenes in “Memoirs of a Geisha”. The path is lined with 1000 Tori...
Flying in to the Land of the Rising Sun

Flying in to the Land of the Rising Sun

Having caught a red eye flight to Tokyo from Singapore, how appropriate is it that one flies into the Land of the Rising Sun at sunrise? As an added surprise, my flight flew directly over a volcanic island about 30 minutes outside Narita airport. I’m told that this is...
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