Nabana no Sato Illumination

Microsoft’s winter wallpaper

    A picture of mine purchased by Microsoft last December is now available as a free desktop wallpaper download for your computer or mobile phone on Bing.   Bing 日本 (Japan), 2016-12-23 [1920×1200] & [1920×1080] & [1080×1920] The picture was taken at “Nabana no Sato Illumination” which is a theme park located on the island…

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Healthy Kids – Community Challenge booklet

* The Canadian Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has purchased a photograph of mine for their “Water does Wonders” booklet. *     The “Water does Wonders” campaign encourages kids to drink water instead of drinks with added sugar. According to their website: “Water is the natural choice for kids to stay hydrated and healthy.…

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Naked Man Festival

* Every year on January 13th of the lunar calendar, a peaceful and sleepy town of Inazawa, turns into the craziest place in Japan.     The Naoi Shinji  (儺追神事) also known as Naked Man Festival, held annually in cold winter weather, is one of the oldest Japanese festivals dating back to the Nara Period…

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“Old Rewal – Alt Rewahl” exhibition

Starting from October 23rd until October 31st a set of my monochrome photographs of Rewal, a small coastal town in the north-west Poland, will be displayed at an exhibition called “Old Rewal – Alt Rewahl”. The exhibition will focus on Rewal’s history, concluded in archival and modern pictures, enriched with facts and anecdotes about the place and the people who lived in this almost two…

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Nagoya Castle in Travel and Leisure magazine

  Travel and Leisure magazine recently published my picture of Nagoya Castle’s keep in an article about most visited castles in the world. According to Chris Glenn, the Nagoya Castle for over 350 years, was the biggest, the best designed, the most gorgeous and well preserved of all the castles in Japan, it had been…

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My pix in Jocks&Nerds

  A picture of mine has been published in the spring edition of “Jocks and Nerds” – a quarterly men’s style magazine with a focus on history and culture, music, sport, photography and books. I took the picture of a kimono enthusiast riding an Estrella motorcycle at the “Kimono de Jack” event in Ise, Japan. You can…

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“Kimono Now” book published!

A year ago, back in spring 2014, I was contacted by the author and journalist Manami Okazaki to shoot a series of kimono pictures for her upcoming book “Kimono Now”. Since I knew of her previous book about classic Japanese tattoos, I was very excited to take the assignment. Together we have visited a number of…

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Shopping article in UO magazine

 * Strangely enough, I was commissioned to write another shopping article – I’m not really much of a shopper… This time it was for a winter edition of UO travel magazine from Hong Kong. As I dislike going to big shopping malls I decided to focus on small artisan shops instead. Thankfully we have plenty of these…

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Nagoya Samurai Show

Last year I got to shoot a Sengoku (Warring States) period costume show at Nagoya Castle. The Omotenashi Busho-Tai, known as Nagoya Samurai Performers in English, are a theatrical troupe which gained popularity similar to a pop band. * * The performers portray the three great unifiers of Japan: Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu; their commanders: Maeda Toshiie, Kato…

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Oshogatsu – Japanese New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day in Japan is considered to be the most important holiday of the year, in the traditional belief that years should be viewed separately and each new year provides a fresh start. For the last few years, on the New Year’s Day morning, I have been visiting and observing festivities at a local neighborhood shinto shrine, Suwa…

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