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In Japan – 2015

A fantastic video from Vincent Urban:

This film is a collection of audiovisual moments and memories of a 3-week railway journey through Japan in 2015. We were whizzing through the country with the Shinkansen visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto as well as lots of wonderful little places along the way, meeting the most friendly people and experiencing a culture that somehow balances its rich tradition with a very futuristic present.

Tilting The Streets Of San Francisco

A cool video by Ross Ching & Karen X. Cheng using some clever tricks to pull off a neat illusion.

The hardest part was coming up with ideas that made the gravity illusion look good—we tried lots of stuff that we thought would look good but didn’t work for various reasons (balloons got blown away, pouring water wasn’t visible enough on camera, moonwalking looked weird at an angle). Our favorite effect is the pendulum!

Japan’s 1,300 Year Old Business

Houshi Ryokan was founded around 1,300 years ago and it has always been managed by the same family since then. 
It is the oldest still running family business in the world.

This ryokan (a traditional japanese style hotel) was built over a natural hot spring in Awazu in central Japan in the year 718. Until 2011, it held the record for being the oldest hotel in the world. 
 Houshi Ryokan has been visited by the Japanese Imperial Family and countless great artists over the centuries. Its buildings were destroyed by natural disasters many times, but the family has always rebuilt. The garden as well as some parts of the hotel are over 400 years old.

Houshi (法師) means buddhist priest. It is the name of the family as well as of the hotel.

A business that’s been around 1300 years… boggles the mind.

The Case For Andy Warhol

You’ve heard his name. You’ve seen the Campbell’s Soup cans. You might know something about The Factory. But perhaps you’ve wondered why Andy Warhol gets so much attention or why his work even matters. What’s the deal with Warhol, and is he worth your time and consideration? Here’s your answer.

Yesterday’s Tomorrow – A Portland Journey

I’m sure you have seen many photo projects comparing old shots of a location with current shots of the same location. These projects are always fun to look at.

The guys at Uncage the Soul have taken this to a while new level.

We’ve seen books and blogs using the “Then and Now” treatment to show side by side the historic and present via photos. But in our curiosity and research, we could not find many or any examples of this comparison being done with motion video. Thinking about it more, we got excited to use timelapse and slow motion to bend and warp present time while exploring past time.

Go watch now.

The Magic Of A Chemical Photo Restoration Process

Japanese restoration expert Murabayashi Takao shows us how he restores old photos without the use of any digital software. His process is entirely chemistry based. It’s pretty amazing to watch.

(These are my favorite links: the ones that combine photography and Japan, fitting the theme of this site perfectly.)

Tokyo Roar

This video is really well done, featuring some unusual footage, amazing editing, and a good voiceover. Well worth the watch.

Project Senium

Experiencing some of the most beautifully disturbing places in the world, Project Senium takes a look into an abandoned asylum like you’ve never seen before!

The music is a bit overdone for my tastes (and too loud compared to the dialogue) and it tries a little too hard to be scary, but otherwise this is a good short film with some nice effects.

This Is How Japan’s Train-Cleaning Crews Clean The Bullet Train In Only Seven Minutes

I’ve witnessed this in person so many times that I had stopped noticing, but now that I think about it… it is pretty impressive.

Though I will add that I’ve taken many Shinkansen[1] and witnessed many cleaning crews and never once seen them line up to bow like in the video[2]. Usually they slip out quickly and quietly.

  1. Bullet train.  ↩

  2. Almost always from Nagoya to Tokyo or the reverse, so perhaps it is just that this line is the no-bow line.  ↩


Ben Proudfoot’s latest video is a wonderful look at woodturning with woodturning master Steven Kennard.

TURNS is a portrait of master woodturner Steven Kennard.

It may be about woodturning specifically, but it’s also about artistry in general1.

  1. I know there are many of you who will argue photography is not artistry. I disagree. 

In Motion

Aaron Grimes made an interesting, dream-like short film of Shibuya Tokyo.

With IN MOTION I wanted to make a busy, crowded scene seem manageable and relaxed. While a time-lapse of a subway platform can look cool, it speeds up everything and the people in it look like insects rushing from one place to another. It almost amplifies the stress of the city. Instead, I went the other direction and toned down the stress of a crowded scene.

Worth a watch.

Time Lapse Network

Just discovered this. A website that collects some of the most amazing time-lapse videos on the internet. Definitely worth adding to your bookmarks if you enjoy this kind of thing.