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Osaka & Kyoto Highlights from Dec 2016

Our recent trip to Japan was a great success despite a few blips like unexpected snow, accidentally taking an express train to the wrong city en route to a shoot, and getting scolded by a yakuza-like yakitori stall assistant. Fun times!

Nonetheless, our whirlwind 4-day trip saw us collaborate with amazing ballerinas Ayano Kimura of the Washington Ballet (US), Sayaka Wakita of the Astana Ballet (Kazakhstan), Ami Naito of the State Opera Varna (Bulgaria) who were all back in Japan for the year end holidays, popular local contemporary dancer and model Kozue Kawabe, and finally Thomas Bloch (who was visiting Japan for the very first time!) in the cities of Kyoto and Osaka. We got to shoot at many traditional locations, some of which were UNESCO world heritage listed, as well as a few modern ones too. The challenges shooting at such places during peak holiday season were the huge crowds that we had to deal with and, as always, the overzealous security. All that effort was worth it though after looking at the images we got, plus wonderful time we got to spend with all these lovely dancers both while shooting and during our meals afterwards. We are definitely looking forward to our next shoot in Japan!

Here are some of our favourite highlights from the trip.

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Image Credits:

Title image: Ayano Kimura; Collage from left to right, top to bottom: (1-3) Ayano Kumura, (4) Ami Naito, (5) Thomas Bloch & Sayaka Wakita, (6) Sayaka Wakita, (7-8) Kozue Kawabe

All images are the property of Irving Neil Kwok, Six Senses Photography and protected by international copyright laws. Any publication or distribution of images in this Blog without my express permission are strictly prohibited.


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