Posts Tagged ‘Kagoshima’

I can finally share one of the coolest projects I worked on last year – a video commissioned by the Ibusuki/Yakushima tourist board to promote this amazing, undiscovered region in the south of Japan! 

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In all the years I lived in Japan, I never made it to the southern island of Kyushu. On my return trip this year, it’s where my journey began – in the southernmost prefecture of Kagoshima.

If for any reason you can’t see it on YouTube, the video is also available on Vimeo.

(Filmed on a Nikon D800, using a 50mm f1.4 and a 14-24mm f2.8.)

My final few days in Ibusuki before I set out on my travels.


Stepping into the real-life world of Hayao Miyazaki.


Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island of Yakushima is famous for its ancient forest composed of Japanese cedar known as 屋久杉 (yakusugi).


I was recently asked to explain where I’d visited in Japan using Game of Thrones as a rough geographical guide. I replied that if Tokyo were King’s Landing, then where Colin and Kim now live is the blazing south of Dorne, and my former home of Akita would be the frozen plains of Winterfell. Never was this more apparent than when we paid a visit to the Fukiagehama Sand Art Festival: rather in contrast to the snow festival I’d seen whilst living in the north.


Wherein my friends take me to see some of Ibusuki’s local attractions and I still wind up taking photos of animals.