Snow in Kyoto

There is a lot about travelling that shapes our character. We go through experiences out of the ordinary and outside our comfort zone, which widens our perspective and keeps us hungry for adventure.

Travelling to Japan has been something I dreamed about as a boy – I guess all that time spent playing video games and watching anime turned out well huh mom?

The Japanese take a lot of pride in their heritage and culture which is what really attracted me to Japan. I was exposed to their iconic landmarks and traditions through all the video games I played and comic books I read, which later fueled my curiosity to visit the country the more I gained experience in photography.

There is a lot about travelling that shapes our character. We go through experiences out of the ordinary and outside our comfort zone, which widens our perspective and keeps us hungry for adventure.

Travelling to Japan has been something I dreamed about as a boy – I guess all that time spent playing video games and watching anime turned out well huh mom?

The Japanese take a lot of pride in their heritage and culture which is what really attracted me to Japan. I was exposed to their iconic landmarks and traditions through all the video games I played and comic books I read growing up, which later fuelled my curiosity to visit the country, especially the more I gained experience in photography.

There is a unique charm that exists in Japan, and it is exactly this that attracts millions of visitors to the country. It’s something I can’t really describe, but on a whole, it’s the way the Japanese live so harmoniously – from the way they commute on the train, the way they get drunk amongst friends by the street corners and their utmost respect for people just makes me feel so comfortable as a traveling photographer in Japan. You will never feel alone in the land of the rising sun.

Japan is the first country I’ve been that took me more than 7 hours by flight. The furthest place I went that time before Japan was Hong Kong. On my third day in Japan my friends and I travelled to Kyoto from Osaka via train. We woke up as early as 3am to catch the first train and along the way, we experienced our first sight of nature’s glory we had never experienced – SNOW! When we finally arrived in Kyoto, the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Fushimi Inari Shrine were the first places we were drawn to.

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Being a street and travel photographer it is important to be as systematic as possible in your journey and planning to make the most of time. World famous locations such as these two places will always be full of visitors. Snow in Kyoto is said to be a rare phenomenon during winter season. So I am very grateful to be able to photograph this moment at the best time in Kyoto. Something I learned though, the camera I was using is not weather-resistant. The autofocus failed to function, so most shots required using the manual focus. This makes all the precious moments captured, extra special.

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I hope these photos move you, and if they do, my job here is done.

 

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