Before we left Canada for Japan, I had discussed the idea of shooting with a local model who was newly signed to a agency in Osaka, Japan for a product shoot. I packed a couple of the tartan shift dresses that were released over the summer. My original concept for a product shoot was to book Darrelyn Masson, formerly of NWH Modelling in Saint John, and is now modelling with Visage Agency in Osaka. :D
I had planned on taking a 4-day weekend away from Tokyo, and just fly to Osaka. I had tickets to visit Universal Japan, and had a couple days to explore Osaka. Unfortunately, I didn't get to book Darrelyn through her agency but we thought it would be awesome to meet for a coffee chat and talk about her new experiences in Japan. :)
Sometimes I have the worst luck in timing... lol The day after our adventures at Universal Japan, a typhoon hit Osaka. We woke up early in the morning to warning sirens blasting in our area, and we were pretty much on lock-down at our Airbnb. The metro stopped running due to flooding, and 98% of businesses were closed from the weather. Kinda killed any thoughts of going out to do anything... :( Oh well, I'm sure we'll be back in Osaka again.
After we returned to Tokyo, I began to plan a day of product shooting. It was too short notice to put out a model call for locals in Tokyo, so I had to bite the bullet and model myself. Something I didn't really want to do. I prefer to work behind the camera lol. Not only did I have to model, I also had to direct my husband on how to shoot to get the shots that I wanted. My husband is more of a street photographer rather than taking portraits of people/models, so it was a bit challenging working together. :P
I got started as a model about 10 years ago, and still have working relationships with local photographers in my city to this day. So, I know how to pose and what angles to work in front of the camera. :P
Photo by: Ben I Photography
So after a day or so back in Tokyo, we packed up my camera gear and headed out to our local metro to board the first of many trains to our location. lol
The Hikawa Jinja Shrine
Probably my most favorite and peaceful place in Japan is the Hikawa Jinja shrine in Akasaka prefecture. It's about a hour or so train ride from our hotel in Asakusa, and then a short walk from the Roppongi Station.
I love it there.
Except for the mosquitos.... They can burn. lol
My favorite entrance to the shrine is from a side street that leads towards these old stairs. These stairs and even parts of the shrine have been the inspiration in many Japanese animation cartoons.
Like I said, the mosquitoes were TERRIBLE!!! 0_o
I wore the new faux leather tartan shift, and paired it with some black nylons. The mosquitoes came at us in swarms. lol
~iPhone photo from our hotel :P lol~
I should also mention that my hair is a front lace wig from DonaLove Hair. :P It was super natural looking, and light on my head, definitely recommend to anyone looking for lace front wigs. :P
I also wore my super sparkly pink sneakers from Aldo that I should've broken in before I left Canada.... My feet hated those shoes... lol It's all good now. lol
Once we got to the Shrine, we had a quick look around for the best spots to shoot, and noticed the setting sun. We got there around 4pm, and had maybe an hour of sunlight left from the day.
Why didn't we get there earlier, you may ask?
Jetlag.... lol It was still kicking our butts from Canada. :P
But we did get quite a few sweet shots, and here they are! :D
After the shoot, we decided to head to West Aoyama Garden to some amazing pancakes! :D The pancakes at this restaurant were HUGE!! :D So fluffy and they practically melt in your mouth. lol It would be our last time in that area before heading home, and we just had to have those delicious pancakes one more time.
The pancakes weren't the only things we ordered at the restaurant. :D
My husband also got himself a creme brulee, and I ordered myself a delicious chocolate mousse with homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert. :D
After we left Aoyama Garden, we decided to take a walk off our dinner and head over to Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. We haven't visited Roppongi on our last visit to Tokyo, and we wanted to experience the amazing views from the 54 storey skyscraper.
We got to the tower at 7pm after realizing that the final tour goes up at 7:30pm, and the lineup was still insane. lol But the view was definitely worth the wait. :) We were told during the daytime we could have seen Mount Fuji, but since it was now night and overcast, we could only make out the beautiful cityscape. :)
As we were leaving the Tower and start our way back to Asakusa, we kinda accidentally crashed a fashion event in another part of the Roppongi Tower. lol There was a red carpet, a runway, a DJ setting up, and a corner to take photos in. :) There was also young men dressed to the nines handing out red balloons to the guests, and passerbys.
Unfortunately because of the metro we couldn't hang around for the show, and we weren't dressed properly. lol We were told that guests needed to abide by the dress code and wear red. :)
So we snapped a couple selfies, and made our way home to Asakusa. :D
All in all, it was a great day! :D
The next chapter in Designer Diaries will be from spending a long day shopping in Tokyo's famous textile town!