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Japanese Cultural photography

September 3rd, 2019
Japan Autumn Photo tour

This is the third post in a series outlining some of the more diverse photography workshops I conduct during our Autumn Colours of Japan Photo Tour. You can see the previous post, Street Photography in Japan by clicking the link.

Photo tour to Japan in Autumn with Adam Monk and Robert van Koesveld

Japan Autumn Colours

Obviously an Autumn colours photo tour should focus on exactly that, the orange and red leaves and their place in the natural and urban landscape, and we do plenty of that (see the first post in the series Autumn Colours…). But Japan is a diverse and unique destination with far more to offer than just Autumn Colours. So while that is the name and the central theme of the tour, we show you far more of Japan than just the Temples and Gardens in their spectacular Autumn raiments.

Japan autumn photo tour - Kyoto autumn wedding

Autumn street photography in Japan

So What else do we offer? Well the street photography illustrated in the previous post is probably for me the most challenging. It’s no coincidence that I have been making my living as a landscape photographer for the last 25 years… I’m not usually a fan of big cities. But that is just one of the many ways that Japan is different.

Japan Autumn Photo Tour

Japanese cities are clean, safe, orderly, friendly and fun. This doesn’t mean everyone is happy to have their photo taken on the streets of any Japanese City, but the chance of getting a unpleasant response is basically zero. The vast majority of the time you will get the outcome you can see in the image above.

So besides Autumn colours, what else is there?

So what else do we do that makes this Japan Autumn photo tour unique? Well one of my favourite experiences is the Tea ceremony and the real Maiko Geiko (Kyoto term for Geisha) photo shoot, which will be in the next post…

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