Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and due to its perfectly-shaped cone and snowy caps every winter and spring, this becomes the symbol of the country and attracts tourists from local to global. You may see it from Tokyo but it takes a luck to get a clear visibility from it. In order to see Mt. Fuji first hand, going to the Five Fuji Lakes will be a best choice.
Me and my friend, Carmelle, went on a day trip to one of the most widely accessible Five Fuji Lakes from Tokyo, the Lake Kawaguchiko.
Getting to Nakano wasn't really part of that day's walk as I was initially planning to visit Inui Street only, a street inside the Imperial Palace where it only opens to the public during sakura season and autumn. However, my visit inside the Imperial Palace ended earlier than expected so I did a random pick of train lines in Tokyo Station and ended up going to Shinjuku via Marunochi Line. While looking for what things to take in Shinjuku, I stumbled upon an Instagram post from my favorite local photographer on the railroad crossing with cherry blossoms.
I transferred to Seibu Shinjuku Station and ride a train going to Araiyakushi-Mae Station.
Tokyo Game Show is currently the biggest convention for game enthusiasts in Asia. Hundreds of games were showcased and has occupied all the exhibition halls of Makuhari Messe.
Since I bought two-day tickets (September 22 & 23), I focused on one thing each day: cosplay on first and exhibits on second.
I still had a withdrawal on Comiket so I searched upcoming cosplay events to be held near Tokyo and ended up buying a ticket for C3AFA Tokyo. As far as I know C3AFA is one of the big Japanese subcultural event held in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Hongkong so I was expecting this event in Tokyo would be as big as the event overseas. C3AFA Tokyo was held on August 25 to 26 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba. It took like an hour and a half to get there from Ikebukuro.
I've done some research with this event beforehand and to my surprised only fewer cosplayers took interest in it. It maybe because of the ticket price or has a smaller audience than the other bigger events like Comiket and TGS. But anyways, I still have to go to the event.
C3AFA is a place for hobbyist where they can buy items from 'dealers' and see the displayed rare items of a certain Gunpla or some collectibles. Since I'm not that kind of fan, I decided to go straight to cosplayers plaza. They invited cosplay supporters in both days so there were photographers gathering in one spot to take photos of the said cosplayers.
When covering this event, I met a pair of FGO Saber and group cosplayers for Detective Conan. It was really fun interacting them though there were still some barrier in our language. I got to know some cosplayers who attended Comiket but it was a shame I haven't gotten took a photo of them.
Ending note: It's not quite bad attending this event since I got to see HKT48 Vivian and Yuri's VA, Toyonaga-san, upclose. However, I regret buying the two-day advance ticket. If I asked whether I should come back or not, it may depends on the guest's final lineup and exhibits.
Taken from Nikon D3400 and 50mm 1.4f
Seeing the crowds before I got off the train makes me feel excited for my first Comiket experience. I was thankful I happened to see an article about this event a month before or I'll be ever regretful for the rest of my life. Attending Comiket has always been a dream of mine since I love to see the famous crowd control in my own eyes.
For those who haven't known Comiket, Comic Market is a bi-annual event held on summer (every second week of August) and winter (every last week of December) where it draws half a million people from all over the world. This is where thousands of doujinshi/self-published artists sell their works to their followers. This isn't also limited to the sellers and buyers but also for hundreds of cosplayers to show off their costumes.
This year's Summer Comiket was held from August 10 to 12 at Tokyo Big Sight. Since I haven't got any favorite doujinshi artist to buy from so I decided to stay only on the cosplay area.
During the event, the temperature reaches for almost 40 degrees and it was hard for me to stay under the heat of the sun for hours. Its quite a shame I got only to took a few shots than expected. But after all, I enjoyed roaming around the area and see their awesome costumes and skits.
Here are the highlight cosplay photos I took each day. The Japanese cosplayers were so friendly even though I was having a lack of Japanese during our conversation. どもありがとうございました！
See the FULL ALBUM for more photos or follow on my twitter (@krissy297_ph).
Taken from Nikon 3400 and 50mm 1.4f
こんにちは from Tokyo!
After months on adapting Japan's culture and lifestyle, I could finally share to you some my snaps I had from these past few months.
Taken on Asus Zenfone 2 Laser + added preset on Lightroom.
Frael May Bonachita
Halloween for Kids
October 28, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Nikon D3400 with Nikon 50mm 1.4f lens
Urban Fashion (Graffiti - Pastel)
graffiti art wall, Silliman Avenue
parking lot, CityMall
August 27, 8am-11am
Canon EOS 700D with 18-270mm lens
I'll be sharing my experiences when covering this parade.
Since I became a homey person for months, I've been itching to click my shutter button and posting new photos in my social media. We'll it's boring to just take your flower vase or pencils or things you can found inside your house as your subject. So when I heard there'll be a street parade in our neighborhood, I can't hide my excitement.
Dated on the first day of October, it was a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon. I was looking for locations where I could take good photos for the parade. I have already visualized some shots I need for this event. Since I was using telephoto lens, I'm looking for a place where I could see dancers clearly far from crowds. Unfortunately, I couldn't find one. There was this 2-storey building but it was covered by a tarpaulin from a light post. I was having a dilemma if I could use a kit lens (18-35mm) and stay among the crowds. In end, I decided to only use telephoto lens and climb to a metal stairs (or chairs, I don't know what was that called). I sat there and wait for the parade to start.
So then, the parade started. I have some troubles taking photos to the point that I need to move my body left and right. (I'm sorry for those people at my back because I was keep covering their view). My spot was too far from the dancers so I used the zoom to the fullest (300mm was the maximum). I noticed three things that made my spot at its disadvantage. First, it was being covered by truck were the band rode in. Another thing was the props men and their props. Well, the judges were on the left side (I was on the opposite) so I have no right to complain. Last, is the crowd trying to get closer to the dancers. I was having a hard time cropping their heads to the point where I have to use B/W filter as part of my photo diary (see photo below).
Even as an event photographer, it was quite a bit disappointing for not to get photos you wanted but in other point, I took this as a challenge on how will I made my photos good after all those drawbacks. That's why I got to love event photography. Event photography isn't the same as portraiture where you can direct your models as you wanted. Your subjects are in candid and it's up to your imagination on how to take it..