“Kibo”, a song about hope and the courage of my friends in children homes

Twice a year I visit or organise fun events with a children home called 希望の家 (kibo no ie, the home of hope in Japanese). Throughout the years, a special kind of relationship emerged, and I decided to write a song as a tribute to their courage and hope.

The lyrics are heavily inspired by a NHK documentary about a teenage at 希望の家 who went back to her parent’s around the age of 16. She was doing a part time job to pay for university the next year, only to find all her money taken every month by her parents. The song is about going back home, and finding the strength to stay true to yourself in front of adversity.

I look in front of me
I've been here before
All sorts of shades of grey
Are here in front of this door
If I step in, if I go in
I'll have nowhere to hide
I gotta stand upright
Today it's all in

And I'll show you the world inside
This place inside of me that I've hidden from you
I know you'll try to make me break and fade away
But I won't, 'cause I'm not alone

The thought of you isn't easy too blow away
We ought to meet halfway
I can't deny part of me is you
I'll have to pull myself away from you
I have to stand upright
Today it's all in

And I'll show you the world inside
This place inside of me that I've hidden from you
I know you'll try to make me break and fade away
But I won't, 'cause I'm not alone

僕の中の世界
あなたから隠した世界
バレたら絶対に壊そうとするんだろう
それはさせない
させない
僕は独りじゃない
もう独りじゃない

 

桜, cherry blossoms, you know the drill

日本の桜どうですかと聞かれた。日本長いから、驚かないけど、さすがに綺麗ですね。ただ、どっか座って花見をするのがあまり好きではない。お酒に匂いで桜のいい香りが消えてしまうから。

I was asked “what do you think of cherry blossom in Japan?”.Truth is, when you live in Japan long enough, you may not be surprised anymore by the beauty of Sakura, but they don’t lose their beauty nonetheless. Only thing I don’t like that much is “Hanami” where people seat under the cherry trees. In theory it is the best thing ever. In reality, the alcohol takes over and the divine scent of the cherry flowers all but disappears… DSCF7492  DSCF7351 DSCF7349 DSCF7319

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A wall in Nakameguro

I really like the angle, the purple across the painting and the bag (purely coincidental!). Not to mention the model 😉 First shot was the good one, I didn’t want to pose that photograph in order to retain the feeling of snapshot that I really like in street photography.This might be my favorite photograph so far this year (among those I have taken, obviously).

紫はポイントですね。バッグにもあるのは本当に偶然でした。壁だけだと、寂しいですので、一緒に歩いてた大事な方を頼んだけど、スナップ写真感を残すためにワンショット。今年の今までのベストショットかも。

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Bali and the sea

I guess this picture is evidence that you can take landscape pictures with a 60mm aps-c macro lens. With my 14 mm, the fisherman in his boat was just a tiny dot, while here I was able to compose the image like I had envisioned it. Some post-processing in Aperture helped me get some impactful color from the RAW file. Now the thing with RAW file on the Fuji X-systems is that the noise reduction is not applied, which means at ISO 1600 like this picture some serious grain appears when displayed at 100% of its size. I actually played around with the JPEG and made some adjustments as well, and it wasn’t that bad either. But I preferred this particular version, so voila!DSCF9234

Xシリーズ写真展 2015春

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A picture of mine is again selected for the #Fujifilm exhibition that goes around Japan! Super happy and thankful. Fujifilm cameras have renewed my love for photography since I sold all my gear to buy an X-T1 with a few prime lenses. I also shoot with an X-100T I got for Christmas from the most important person in my life, and it is a joy to play with (the camera, not the person).

富士フィルムさんから選ばれた一枚です!国内で展示していただくということで、本当に富士フィルムさんに感謝!コンパクトか画質の優れたカメラで、改めて写真の恋に落ちたって感じw。愛用してるのがX−T1とX100−Tですが、今度もうちょっと詳しく書こうかと。

展覧会のスケジュールです!

写真展ご紹介URL
http://xseries.tokyocameraclub.com/photo_exhibition/2015_01_about.html

写真展日程
●東京
2015年2月20日(金)〜2月26日(木)
※日曜開館
10:00〜18:00 (最終日は14:00まで)
富士フォトギャラリー新宿
新宿区新宿1-10-3太田紙興新宿ビル1F
http://www.prolab-create.jp/products/gallery_shinjuku.html

●大阪
2015年3月13日(金)〜3月18日(水)
10:00〜18:30 (日曜・祝日は18:00まで)
大阪サービスステーション
大阪市中央区備後町3-2-8 大阪長谷ビル3F
http://fujifilm.jp/support/digitalcamera/repairservice/servicestation/region002.html

●札幌
2015年4月17日(金)〜4月22日(水)
10:00〜19:00
富士フイルムフォトサロン札幌
札幌市中央区大通西6丁目1番地富士フイルム札幌ビル1階
http://www.fujifilm.co.jp/photosalon/sapporo/

●名古屋
2015年5月15日(金)〜5月21日(木)
10:00〜18:00 (最終日は14:00まで)
富士フイルムフォトサロン名古屋
名古屋市中区栄一丁目12番17号 富士フイルム名古屋ビル1階
http://www.fujifilm.co.jp/photosalon/nagoya/

●仙台
2015年7月23日(木)〜8月4日(火)
10:00〜17:30 (土日祝日休館)
富士フイルムフォトサロン仙台
仙台市宮城野区二十人町99 富士フイルム仙台ビル1F
http://www.fujifilm.co.jp/photosalon/sendai/

Jan 23 concert – “Gravity”

An old song, that I wrote for the wedding of very close friends. Now it is meaningful to me too. Recorded at 北参道 カフェストロボ.

Lyrics

I came here, I don’t really know why. I guess I had lost myself somehow. I was looking for another way of life, but I found another way to live around you.

When I fall asleep with you by my side, I’m afraid I am gonna wake up just to find you’re not real. When I wake up in the morning, and you’re still asleep, and it still feels like I’ m dreaming….

I was on my cloud, dragged down by gravity, reaching out for space but I’m bound to reality. But in your eyes, I can fly.

When I fall asleep with you by my side, I’m afraid I am gonna wake up just to find you’re not real. When I wake up in the morning, and you’re still asleep, and it still feels like I’ m dreaming….

Then you look into my eyes, and I know I’m alive, I can feel I’m safe, I’m flying here with you.

I’m alive for real, here with you.