Off the Beaten Path
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Off the Beaten Path

‘Off the Beaten Path’ or ‘Beyond Basic Tourism’ are frequent catchphrases used in Photography Tours and Photography Workshops, but Blain and his team have the means to introduce clients to parts of Japan that 99% of visitors never see. There is no sales pitch necessary and no frequently trafficked tourist spots on the itinerary. Blain and his team share their years of experience, allowing you to travel the ancient pilgrim’s routes that Emperors, Buddhist Monks, priests, and other noteworthy Japanese people have walked in the past.Japanese artisans performing on sacred ground on an ancient pilgrim’s routeBlain’s current team has over 300 years ...

Noh a Classical Japanese Musical
Thursday, June 07, 2018
Off the Beaten Path

 Last week I had a chance to photograph a Classical Japanese Musical know in Japanese as Noh, while on a private Japanese photography tour. Wikipedia Noh (能 Nō), derived from the Sino-Japanese word for "skill" or "talent," is a dominant form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Developed by Kan'ami and his son Zeami, it is the oldest major theatre art that is still regularly performed today.[1] Traditionally, a Noh program includes five Noh plays with comedic kyōgen plays in between; an abbreviated program of two Noh plays and one kyōgen piece has become common in Noh presentations today. An okina (翁) play may be presented in the very ...

Starry Eyes Dreamy Snow Monkey
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Off the Beaten Path

Starry Eyes Dreamy her nickname is, her nickname name came about due to the fact that she always stares right into my camera lens and eyes without her being agitated. On a few occasions while I am experiencing ‘Shirin-Yoku,’ ‘natural therapy’ or ‘forest bathing,’ she has brushed by or nudged me. I have become an accepted guest in my over 20 years visiting with her snow monkey troop, I have established a rapport with the Japanese macaques, and I know most of the local tribe on sight as well as being accustomed to their rank and behaviors. It took some years before I was able to approach a wild Japanese snow monkey troop while they were away from the hot ...

NewBorn Snow Monkeys
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Off the Beaten Path

NewBorn Snow Monkeys hard at play! Japanese Cultural Dogma has made these adorable wild Zen-Inspiring Snow Monkeys into a household name known Worldwide! 2018 through to 2020, I will be working on another documentary on the lives of these monkeys throughout the Japanese four seasons. Our team will journey throughout Japan and tell the story of several different monkey troops as they make their way, and raise their families in the complex society of the Japanese Macaque. Changing seasons will bring new babies to care for, which also happens to be my 2nd favorite time of the year to visit with the monkeys. Currently, my team and clients are enjoying another Springtime Cherry Blossom Snow ...

Cross Country Cherry Blossom Photo Tour Japan!
Monday, April 09, 2018
Off the Beaten Path

My team and I are geared up, and we are ready for our annual cross country cherry blossom photo tour Japan. This year we will be guiding a full group, consisting of eight participants from around the world. Our 12-day Japan luxury photography tour vacation journey will start in Tokyo at the Pacific Ocean and take us through the interior to the sea of Japan and back to the Pacific Ocean. Our journey will take us to places often visited, but for the most part, we will remain off the beaten tourist track for the best photographic experiences. Mt. Fuji we will visit all the Fuji five lakes comprised of Yamanakako, Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Shojiko and Motsosuko lakes. While in the Fuji area we will ...

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