Author: Rachelle M

Being a Film Photographer in Japan

Japan is a photographer’s paradise.  Naturally, it has a lot of appeal to photographers in terms of the subjects it offers: old, traditional buildings, modern cityscapes, quirky Japanese goods and fashion, and more.  And more importantly, it has cameras, lots and lots of cameras. I first moved here in 1999.  Back then you’d be hard-pressed to find an internet cafe…

How to survive Japanese Festivals

Japanese festivals come in all sorts of forms: fireworks, parades, formal and informal entertainment, dances, and more. I like going to festivals, they’re interesting, fun, and visually visceral. I’ve learned a lot about festivals here, so much so that when I go back home or to other countries I’m kind of surprised that my knowledge of what to do doesn’t…

A December Story

A small chain of islands dot the Pacific Ocean south from Kyushu to Okinawa.  At about the halfway point lies Amami Island and nearby, like a forgotten smaller sibling, is the island of Kikai. One December morning, somewhere on Kikai Island, three girls go for a walk to the beach.  They decide to take a break and have a snack…

The Downsides of Popularity

Do you ever feel that it’s too late to visit some places that have become overly popular? I just recently read an article about visiting Angkor Wat (for the first-time tourist), and while it explained a lot about the site itself, it conveniently omitted the realities of what it means to visit that complex (and the area in general). I…