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Photography Tour to Japan #4: Who’s who at Letters from Japan

Photography Tour to Japan #4: Who’s who   no comments

Posted at 9:32 pm in Asakusa, Japan Photo Trip

Everyone for the Japan photo trip has arrived safely and we are heading to Asakusa.

There we will stay at a hotel one night with a view of all of Asakusa from the 14th floor. Tomorrow we will visit Tsukiji Fish Market and explore Asakusa before we head to Kanazawa on a sleeper train. Tonight we will go out for a little welcome dinner at an izakaya.

An izakaya is a pretty typical Japanese snack bar and drinking establishment. While, Yakitori (grilled chicken on skewers) is perhaps the most well known food served, the menus are really quite diverse. These bars are popular, casual, and relatively cheap places for after-work drinking. My sister and her friend are joining us tonight as they want to meet those who are participating in the trip.

On the way to the restaurant, we came across something interesting to photograph the entire group.

Let me introduce those who are participating in our very first photography trip to Japan. All of them are from Philadelphia, and most of them have taken a class at Project Basho previously. Some of them, I haven’t seen for some time so this trip is a way to reconnect. It is such a great pleasure for me to be traveling with a group I already know.

Far left: Scott has taken a couple of classes this year and is a relative newcomer at Project Basho. He is an archivist at a large corporation in Philadelphia. Partly because of his job, the angle of his interest in Japanese culture is a little more academic and historical. He wakes up early in the morning and takes a 45 minute walk with his camera before we eat breakfast.

Left Center: Cindy has known Project Basho from the very beginning. She took a couple of classes at our previous location, but lost contact until this trip came up. She was the first to sign up for the trip with such excitement, and was very anxious whether this trip was actually happening or not. Now with everything
happening accordingly, her happiness has been radiating from her face since her arrival.

Center: Lauren has been a volunteer at Project Basho for almost one year. She was introduced to Project Basho by her friend who also was a volunteer at the studio. She is carrying a 4×5 camera and a pinhole along with her digital SLR. With me she has been learning essential Japanese phrases like “may I take a photograph” and “where is a bathroom?”

Right Center: Jeri took a beginners class about a year ago. Having grown up in San Francisco, she has enjoyed a lot of sushi and particularly loves Ikura, salmon roe. Jeri is very much interested in Japanese culture and language. She is full of curiosity and has asked me many questions about Japanese culture. She is interested in exploring the Japanese countryside during this trip. She is updating her blog with pictures from each location.

Far Right: Tom is a photographer whom I have known since I came to Philadelphia 12 years ago. He was one of darkroom monitors at Temple University where I took a few classes. He is a part of Lightroom, a local co-op which runs another darkroom nearby our studio. He is carrying many cameras from the latest DSLR to a Holga and a Diana. Based on what I have seen so far, I am sure that he is the one who will come up with the most photographs from this trip.

So it is with these good folks that I head off happily to an eccentric izakaya restaurant located deep in Asakusa for an evening of conversation, laughter, delicious food, sake, and shochu.

Written by projectbasho on September 3rd, 2008