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  • Missing Japan: Why Autumn in Japan is Better Than Here

    Nov 03 | Evan | No Comments |

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    Anyone who has ever lived in Japan has probably heard multiple times, from multiple people, that Japan has four seasons. A lot of my friends and coworkers were really proud and excited to tell me this fact. At first, I couldn’t understand why so many were so eager to tell me this, after all, most places that I have been to, do in fact have four seasons. I kept asking myself, “Why do they think they are so special for having four seasons?” It took me a while to realize that they were not thinking this way at all and the more likely reason I heard this so many times is because there is such a heavy emphasis on the changing of seasons in Japan. More

    My Wedding in Japan

    May 04 | Evan | No Comments |

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    So… This past weekend, I was shooting a wedding in Georgia with Andrew Bryant Photography, and suddenly realized, my wedding here in the states is (at that time) in 2 week–As I write this post it is less! Naturally, thinking about our wedding here in Raleigh, North Carolina, making arrangements and her family coming over here, has made me think about our time (and wedding) in Japan. Then I realized, I never posted anything about it, so here you are! Since we always knew that we were going to do one in Japan and one in the USA, we decided to keep the one in Japan as simple (and affordable) as possible. We didn’t have a religious ceremony at all, but instead had what was basically a lunch reception. Now what you have to understand, in Japan, there is always an after party and usually an after after party (each time the group gets smaller). So after the reception, we went to another party/reception with a few of the same people but while the first party was mainly for families and parent’s friends and coworkers, the second party was mainly for our friends. After that, there was an after after party and then even an after after after party that Satomi and I didn’t even attend but her friends still wanted to celebrate, party and drink more! After a full 12 hours of celebrating, partying and running around Tokyo, we were exhausted. Whew. I am getting tired again just thinking about that day! In any case, here are some photos from before and during the lunch reception at the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka. Photographs were taken by my good friend Greg Logan.

    Yen and Tom

    Apr 13 | Evan | 2 Comments |

    So I have been missing for a while! Sorry about that, but I promise there are some good reasons! Besides moving, preparing for my own wedding, traveling, and running my own photography business, I have a couple other great things going on…. which you will have to wait for another post for!

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    Actually, one of those other great things was a very short trip to Washington DC during the peak of cherry blossom season! It was so beautiful and made me wish I was still in Japan. That being said, I was so happy to be in DC because I could see family, old friends and even make some new friends. Two of which are Yen and Tom. A lovely couple that I spent a few hours with on a beautiful, but incredibly windy and crowded, day. They are such a loving and adorable couple which made capturing the magic between them so fun and rewarding! Also, I have to give a quick shout out and many thanks to Adam Peele, who was gracious enough to provide some of his awesome Limited Edition Handscreened Art T’s for this and a few other shoots (the red and brown shirts).

    Missing Japan: Sapporo Snow Festival

    Feb 03 | Evan | No Comments |

    Japan has a festival for just about everything you can imagine. To be honest, most of them are over hyped and once you have seen one, you have seen them all. Of course, there are some exceptions. One of which being the Sapporo Snow Festival, which is in Sapporo every February. This was by far my favorite festival in Japan! The main attractions are the huge snow sculptures, some of which are functional, some artistic and some are both. Equally as cool, in the entertainment district Susukino, there are some amazing ice sculptures…the best of which are actually ice bars that open at night and serve hot drinks! Throughout my years of living in Japan, I only went once… now I wish I went every year and can’t wait until I get the chance to go back!

    Missing Japan: Shooting people in Osaka | Japan Probe

    Jan 23 | Evan | No Comments |

    I am so happy to be back in the USA but, I am not going to lie…  I miss Japan!  Especially when I see video clips like this, it takes me back…  This video is in Japanese but you don’t need to understand Japanese to appreciate it and have a laugh!  I cannot confirm how authentic it is, but while I was teaching, some of my students definitely played around like this and Satomi insists that this really happens!  My favorites are the guy on the bike getting shot and the one guy coming out of the convenient store called, “Lawson” getting hit by the sword!

    Shooting people in Osaka | Japan Probe.