JAPAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SEATTLEITE
News Post, Posted on July 17, 2014
Every time I visit Japan there are so many new things to be discovered about the people, culture and food. Knowing how often I go back, a friend of mine once asked me, “Don’t you get tired of going there?” What? No! Never.
Especially memorable about my recent visit was going from the very northern part of the country, Aomori, where my husband is from, to the southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, also known as Japan’s Hawaii. In between Aomori and Okinawa, we also visited Kyoto and Osaka, with a few nights in Tokyo. By going in March, we were able to experience the snowy winter in Aomori to the sunny beaches in Okinawa within a 2 week timeframe. This made packing for the trip very difficult, but also that much more fun and adventurous!
Snowy field in Aomori.
Yakitori in Tokyo.
With such a diverse range of cities, climates, and what promised to be amazing new food experiences, I made the decision to expand capturing my travel experiences from just photos to video.
Hence, the birth of my first travel video journal.
Inari Shrine in Kyoto.
Stairs in Kyoto Station.
Needless to say, this video project was the most work I’ve ever done as a “hobby” (a.k.a. creative development), ever. I had to dig deep into my soul to complete this project, with numerous technical challenges and problems along the way — learning how to use a new camera, shooting video, adapting to new software, and endless hours of editing. Down from an hour long movie, to about 30 minutes, then 20 minutes, then 9 minutes (a more bearable length to watch and share with family and friends), to finally the one I'm sharing with you at the end of this post, about 5 minutes long.
Anime figures in Osaka.
Books on the street in Osaka.
This creative journey reminded me that anything worthwhile and meaningful takes investment of our precious time. (I seem to be reminded of this every time I travel.) It’s also when we are most passionate about our creative vision that gives us the energy, perseverance and patience to see it through. Shooting video gave me a unique perspective and lens for inspiration. Much like what still photography does for one’s appreciation of the world around us — from seeing beauty in the everyday things, to capturing the most breathtaking view — video opened up my eyes to observe and soak in even more. It was a labor of love.
Beach in Okinawa.
Nothing will replace my passion and appreciation for photography, but it was the combination of both the medium of photography and video that more deeply captured the beauty and diversity of Japan through the humble eyes of a Seattleite.
UPDATE: I have decided to go back to sharing the original version. It’s the 9 minute version, which I understand in this day and age, it’s an eternity and many will not watch it. But as this is viewed through my eyes and a personal log of my trip, I’m not going to fret over that. :)
Winter" class="redactor-linkify-object">https://vimeo.com/95934832">Winter to Spring in Japan - Original Cut from Audrey on Vimeo.