It had been just under a year since the last Japan Underground event, although I had missed three years of shows while I was in Japan!
I've always loved that these events bring a mix of both music lovers and Japanophiles to what many who haven't been might see as an otaku gathering. Japan Underground has always been about bringing Japanese music and exciting live performances to an English audience.
This time we saw THE TOMBOYS; previously an ex-Scandal (スキャンダル) cover band called 'NoName', perform their first show in the UK before the release of their debut album.
Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols) also made a surprise appearance with his 'Kobe Beef' band.
The Picaresque and The Johns also supported.
While spending a year in Japan, I lived in an area around Nagoya station called Meieki. It's seen as a hub for transport and business in the city, so is always filled with people going from one place to another. I spent quite a few nights outside during rush hour times, trying to capture the busyness and beauty of this great city. I wanted to capture the movement of the crowds in contrast with the stationary people waiting at their meeting points.
Not far from Nagoya station is Sakae, which is full of young people, and streets packed with department stores and bright lights. The home of SKE48, a famous idol group, has a ferris wheel attached to the side of the building. Further down the street is OASIS 21, an elevated platform filled with water! I tried to capture some of these spots, too.
This video is the first part of a longer timelapse I'll create in the future. Sometimes it's surprising how long it can take to capture something that only lasts a few minutes when put together. This video focuses on life at night, so hopefully I'll focus on the bright Nagoyan daylight for the next time!
The first of the Mori cafe live acoustic event with English conversation sessions.
I worked with Moriya Juku, a cram school based in Nagoya, to produce a short video containing an interview with a previous student. This small private school has an interesting ethos of 'English with Art' combining beautiful unique Japanese room design with functional teaching suites. I tried to capture elements of this school although being a short video the focus is on Mai who we interviewed.
Even though this was a simple shoot there were a few things I had to work with. The noise from the weather outside and proximity to the main road had to be reduced from the audio in post. I also made use of various object around the school to work as a slider be it sliding a tissue box on a table or balancing my camera on a wheeled whiteboard!