I’m turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so

Japanese people are punctual, productive, innovative, disciplined, dignified, stylish, polite and proud. They move seamlessly between their traditional and futuristic cultures, applying the same values to both. They advance technologically but they don’t abandon their ancient values.Their culture is ruled by collectivitism, and you can see their unity when a tragedy like the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami happened. For some reason I feel at  home when I’m there, even if I don’t speak the language or abide to their rules. I find myself amongst the big crowds and I enjoy being anynonymous.

 

(P.S. Check out the calorie counter in picture no.3. Interesting stairs huh.)

 

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Ginza, Tokyo’s shopping paradise

Ginza, the famous shopping district of Tokyo, is a mecca for millions of shopaholics local and abroad. Can you believe though that I never set foot in Ginza in the two years that I lived there? I’ve always been a fan of the more offbeat and funky styles that Harajuku, Kichijoji… had to offer.

 

Last time we visited, my uncle offered to take us to Ginza, so we said sure why not. I’m glad we went on a Sunday. It was ‘hokoten’, which  means ‘padestrian paradise’. You might have heard that word in Gwen Stefani’s ‘Harajaku’ lyrics. It was exciting to walk along the main street of Ginza and staring up at all those tall buildings.Some highlights were shopping at Uniqlo’s biggest store in the world, eating sweets at a famous 100+ year-old bakery, finding the best okonomiyaki joint in all of Tokyo hidden away in plain view, and watching my son’s reaction to being in a foreign country for the first time…

 

Can’t wait to go back.

 

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He proposed, and she said yes! {Port Douglas Engagement Photography}

Documenting a marriage proposal, the moment ‘he pops the question’, is becoming more popular. And if you’ve ever proposed to your loved one, or been proposed to, you know it’s not easy planning a surprise proposal, let alone an elaborate one that involves a masseuse, a caterer and a photographer, all without the girlfriend finding out and only with the use of the Internet and Google Maps. But Jason did it, and he he did it all from overseas.

 

Having met Maria while travelling and working in Spain, Jason brought her back to Australia recently to show her around his home country. What Maria didn’t know was that Jason had coordinated with multiple vendors to create a beautiful proposal, involving a bottle of wine with a personalised message, a cosy little cottage lit up by candles and lanterns and rose petals, a delectable dinner cooked by Cameron, the man of Port Douglas Catering and Events himself… And I was there (hiding behind the trees!) to capture Maria’s reaction when he got down on one knee at the little secluded beach by the Sugar Wharf in Port Douglas.

 

 

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Casey & Wayne {Palm Cove Wedding Photography}

These two lovely people tied the knot in the private garden at Peppers and even though it decided to rain the minute their celebrant began the ceremony, the touch-and-go weather didn’t dampen their spirit one bit. You couldn’t ask for a nicer, more relaxed  and down-to-earth couple. I felt so privileged to have been asked to document their day.

 

Thanks again, Casey and Wayne, and I wish you the longest most wonderful years of life together. xo

 

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