As a 25 year old, Tokyo born Tsuneko Sasamoto, made the decision to become a professional photographer. World War II was just getting underway and, in Japan, it was mostly unheard of for a woman to choose a career over a husband. That didn’t stop the young Sasamoto–she had been shooting since her early twenty’s, documenting pre-war life, and had become incredibly passionate about her work. Her determination helped her become on of Japan’s very first female photojournalists, documenting the turmoil of the World War II era. [Read more…]
Five years ago, Takashi Yasui’s niece was born. It was with this new arrival, Yasui would discover a passion for photography. What started out as a way to capture his beloved family, began evolving into a serious hobby. Now, Yasui works as a freelance photographer based out of Kyoto, Osaka, Japan–and his portfolio has grown quite a bit.
Documenting everyday life in Japan as the artist sees it, Yasui is showing the world just how beautiful Japan is. With a primary focus on street photography, the photographer’s adventures take him to a variety of locations ranging from bustling city streets, to vibrant bamboo forests. [Read more…]
It took Anton Kusters about 10 months of negotiations with the notorious Japanese crime syndicates, the Yakuza to be granted access into their world. Kusters, a Belgian photographer, wanted to photograph the gang as part of a documentary photography project he had been hoping to start. Kusters delivered the proposal for his project during a meeting with the Godfather, who, surprisingly gave Kusters permission to start shooting right there on the spot. [Read more…]
One of the things I love about photography is how it can lead you to places and situations you’d never imagine possible.
Pete Leong’s photoshoot is a perfect example of this. Pete is an Australian wedding photographer who lives in Okinawa, Japan and takes pleasure in shooting water sports and seascapes when he’s not shooting weddings.
So far it sounds like Pete was enjoying life and getting the most out of living near the ocean. One day he was out an about shooting a family on location when he discovered the husband is a Master Sergeant for the military’s EOD (Explosive Ordnance Demolition) Company.
Next thing you know, Pete is wearing an 85 pound bomb suit and playing with C4 explosives!
Oh, and he got some epic photos as well…
Less than a month after a camera-equipped drone carrying trace amounts of radioactive substances was discovered on the roof of the Japanese prime minister’s office, legislators are starting to crack down on radio-controlled aerial devices.
Drones have been banned in all 81 of Tokyo’s public parks and gardens, and additional legislation is in the works and will ban using them above “important facilities” such as government buildings, embassies, the Imperial Palace and the Supreme Court.
Now that drones have made headlines in the country and attracted the attention of lawmakers, it is expected that even more laws will be implemented ahead of the G7 Summit in 2016 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Market research and analysis firm BCN announced the annual BCN Awards 2015.
Winners are determined based on sales volume, calculated from data gathered from thousands of sellers throughout Japan.
Canon seems to be doing better than ever, while Nikon is just barely holding its ground.
Sony gets its first taste of victory (and a painful failure) and SanDisk maintains its top spot.
A bit of digging reveals why names like Think Tank, Lowepro and Manfrotto won’t make the list.
Japanese law allows the government to confiscate a national’s passport in order to protect his life. This step was taken for the first time on Saturday night (Japan time) when freelance photographer Yuichi Sugimoto’s passport was taken to ensure he does not travel to Syria.
The location for this light painting shoot is one of the most famous tourist spots in Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is famous for its endless red gates, that look like tunnel! I’ve been there so many times, and always wanted to do something with this wonderful location, but this was the first time to actually take some photos!.
Aside from being a kick butt photographer, Ilko Allexandroffhas quite an amazing career course. A butterfly effect that started in a corridor chat in Ilko’s school in Bulgaria ended in Ilko being a renowned portrait photographer in Japan, we took Ilko for a round of questions and had a blast doing so: [Read more…]
Earlier today, The Japan Times released that officials in Kyoto, Japan, had revised ordinance in order to crack down on the practice of upskirt photography (making unauthorized photographs under a woman’s skirt). The highly popular tourist destination in Japan is flooded with tourists every spring, mostly high school students, and “upskirting” had reached disturbing levels, with even “a whole subgenre of magazines” existing for individuals to sell their images.
This perverted practice has always been outlawed in Japan, but only in public places such as shopping centers, railway stations, and public transport. Individuals taking these photographs had found a loophole which made them untouchable by police by taking their photos in places not covered under the definition of a “public place.” The change in ordinance has seen the expansion of the “scope of protection” to include places such as schools, workplaces and hospitals, and has increased penalties for the use of hidden cameras in areas such as hot spring baths, changing rooms and public restrooms. Penalties can now be as high as ¥1 million (about $9815) or a year in jail. [Read more…]