As part of my editorial & photography work with the Japanese Cultural Magazine Bento Box, I had the fortune of being asked to photograph the launch event for Uniqlo Canada. My experience living and working in Japan has made me a Uniqlo addict, so, of course, I was thrilled to hear the chain of clothing stores would be coming to Canada. When Bento Box said they were looking for someone for this particular event, I jumped on the opportunity, even going so far as to show up in head-to-toe Uniqlothes.
I was once again asked to photograph the opening night gala of the 2014 Toronto Japanese Film Festival, which was hosted last night at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC). The JCCC is a really amazing place (the largest Japanese cultural centre/bunka kaikan in the world outside of Japan) that seems to be under appreciated because of the myth that it is horrendously far from downtown and terribly difficult to get to by transit. This is very much not the case, but apparently Torontonians are afraid of buses.
If you weren't there last night, here is what you missed. The full set of photos can be found in my TJFF 2014 Gallery.
As part of Malvern Collegiate's recent Kizuna Night, the fine folks at the Toronto Kimono Club volunteered to bring in their vast collection of kimono (well, yukata, actually) so that folks could try them on.
I volunteered to be the photographer for the on-site photo booth. the goal of the night was to raise money for a University scholarship program benefiting students in the Tohoku region (which, of course, was hit by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami).
I've done a lot of photography for the Kizuna exchange group as an outgrowth of my work with the Consulate, and I'm always amazed by how energetic the students are at Malvern.
When my D60 gave me the camera equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death, and a good friend and talented photographer advised me to bite the bullet and buy a better body, I paid little attention to that new body being capable of video. In fact, I may have even exclaimed aloud "who cares about video? I'm buying this thing to take photos!"
So when I started taking brief, documentary-style video clips on our July 2011 climb of Rishiri-zan in northern Hokkaido, it was a lark. I wasn't really sure if they would be any good or what I would use them for...perhaps a dorky little documentary about our climb?
When we returned from the climb, and my teaching partner at my Japanese high school asked me to prepare something for our students, I figured I had time enough to cobble the short video clips together with some photos to make a brief music-video-sort-of-thing that might entertain the students. It was a hurried thing, and I always intended to return to the footage and make something proper and longer.
What came out of the exercise is, to this day, possibly one of the most rewarding bits of video I've ever strung together. This thing still makes me smile now, nearly two years later, and it inspired a series of travel videos when I headed over to Europe that fall.
But this is where I started: my first crack at video. I hope you like it as much as I do.