Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Overview in Photos

As the year comes to an end (6 more hours here in Tokyo!), I recall all of the people I've met, the events that happened and places I've been. 

Here is a smattering of portraits and moments from each month this year:


It's been a wonderful year in many ways. Thank you all, and see you next year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Thank you, 2013.

Tomorrow is the last day of this year. One more day, and that last digit of the year changes yet again. What a year it's been...

This year truly marked many changes and new beginnings for me, and I won't hesitate to say that it's been the best one so far. I hope that proves to be true for the next year, and the next...

I'm grateful that I could visit my family and friends back in California this year.
I love Tokyo, but part of my heart always belongs to my beloved Cali :)
(still have many photos to share from the trip, so it looks like I'll be posting them into 2014!)

At one of my favorite places, Hawk Hill at Marin Headlands just past the Golden Gate Bridge.

I'm grateful for the love and support from family back in the US. Spending time with them earlier this month gave me a great deal of strength and peace of mind.
I'm thankful for the encouragement and kindness from my friends, who have really helped me more than they know.

I'm grateful to all of the clients I worked with and all of the supporters of my photography and music, who have helped to make my dream a reality.
There's so much more, but... where words may not be adequate to describe a feeling, perhaps sometimes a photo might be.

In 2014, I'll continue to do my best to work hard, live life to the fullest, and stay true to myself. Thank you so much to all of you who have helped and continue to help me make all that happen. I wish from the bottom of my heart that next year will be full of joy and be the best year yet for you. Let's live!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Postcards from Cali

Stanford University campus.
UC Berkeley. Good to see my old school again :)

Coffee in Oakland.

Getting on the BART.

There were many places I wanted to visit back in California, and I'm glad I got around to a few of the major ones for me. Seeing these old familiar sights, paths I've walked down so many times and buildings I've passed over and over... it overwhelmed me with memories. Everything is the same, and yet it all looks preserved as if behind glass, an exhibit, untouchable. The setting for one stage of my life, and now I'm in the next. Sitting in the BART and looking out the window as scenery flashed by, I thought how different it felt from riding the trains in Japan. The interior, the views, the movement... and yet, they both lead to home.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tokyo Fashion Photography: Winter Light

Just after getting back to Tokyo last week, I met up with the beautiful Irina for this photoshoot on a wintry afternoon. Although the wind was chilly, we were lucky to enjoy the best parts of the afternoon sun beaming down and warming our skin. Despite the cold, Irina did an amazing job on this shoot, and I'm so happy I was able to work with her! To my surprise, there were still trees with fall colors remaining in their leaves, and the white winter light added a gorgeous glow to everything. Irina, thank you so much, and I'm looking forward to seeing you again! :)