Using the camera app, “SNOW” you can create unique photos which look just like instant camera photos

18.November.2017 | FASHION

The camera app, SNOW is known for its cute and fun processing features. For fashion conscience girls, the creating of instant camera-like photos using SNOW is gaining popularity. Here, we will explain what kind of processes are possible with SNOW.

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First, start up SNOW and choose your selfie filter. Choose one of the camera icons from the icons enclosed in the red box. Next, choose the filter of your choice. For this example, we have chosen the Andriod version of SNOW.Try using the 3 filters enclosed in the blue box, starting from the one on the left.

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For an iPhone use the camera filter.

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Here is the first filter. It creates a faint-looking photo. The photo has a transient-feel to it.

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The second filter creates a more austere-feeling image. This filter is recommended for taking cool landscape photos.

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The last filter creates a photo where the center of the photo is clear and focused but the surroundings are a bit blurred. This makes for a retro-looking photo. Orange colors are highlighted so it is just right for taking café food items. For all filters the date appears automatically in the right corner of the photo so when you use a smartphone it is recommended that you take a photo with your smartphone on its side.

 

Another filter that is highly recommended is this one.

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Choose the “collage” icon from the icons enclosed in the red box. Next, choose the filter of your choice from the filters enclosed in the blue box.

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When you take a photo using this filter it looks similar to the frame of a film camera. It makes for a very unique photo, one you will want to upload on your SNS.

 

Better than having to carry a bulky film camera, why not just use SNOW to get a similar quality photo. If you get bored with the same style photos, why not try using SNOW and create film camera style photos.

 

 

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  • Experience Japanese Culture #4 – Searching for a Film Camera in Shinjuku’s Used Camera Shops

    30.May.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    This is Yuri ‘Yurippa’ Suganuma’s featured article series in which she takes us on her adventures to cultivate new hobbies.

     

    Yurippa has been interested in photography for some time now, but she’s been unsure which camera she should buy. So, she decided to head to some used camera stores,  Lucky Camera Shop andChuko Camera Box in Shinjuku to find the perfect camera that best suits her. Was she able to find the right one…? Let’s find out!

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    The first place Yurippa stopped by was Lucky Camera Shop. It’s located next to Isetan Shinjuku and has a kind of foreign, non-Japanese air to it. When Yurippa saw the eye-catching red exterior of the shop, it was loved at first sight. In any case, time to head in!

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    The store is lined with cameras made in lots of different countries including Japan, Germany and the US. Lucky Camera Shop puts a lot of effort into stocking foreign-made cameras and mechanical cameras with everything built in. They have a varied line-up, including famous Leica cameras.

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    The Leica parts were all expensive – the bodies and lenses were both over ¥100,000 ($915)!

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    Yurippa was shown a camera she was interested in from inside the showcase. The left was a single-lens reflex Olympus OM-1 and the right was a Barnack Leica. 35mm films are all the rage right now, and these were some of the first models to use them. Both are at a nice, compact size.

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    Yurippa was blown away looking through the viewfinder of the Olympus OM-1. ‘You can see things easily, so much so that everything looks even more beautiful through the viewfinder!’ she said.

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    Next, Yurippa also tried the Barnack Leica. It’s a valuable camera that has you feeling a little nervous touching it. She said surprised at how quiet the shutter was, to which the shop assistant explained, “This is a different single-lens reflex to that of the OM-1. There’s no mirror inside so the shutter is quiet.” Yurippa learned much about how cameras are put together differently, as well as the diverse number of types available.

     

    ■Information

    Lucky Camera Shop

    Address: Gomeikan Bldg. 1F, 3-3-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3354-7898

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station / 1-minute on foot from Shinjuku Sanchome Station

    Website: http://lucky-camera.com/

     

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    The next shop Yurippa headed to was Chuko Camera Box. It’s a used camera store located along Shinjuku Electric Street (Shinjuku Denki-gai). The showcase is crowded with cameras, and the shop has an atmosphere to it like a secret hideout.

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    “It’d be great to have a camera that’s small and easy to use. One that I can take out and snap a photo with straight away. That’d definitely be fun!” said Yurippa while looking in earnest for a camera.

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    She continued to search with these keywords in mind, focusing on auto-focus film compact cameras. And then, she found it. In her hands was the Genba Kantoku from Konica. You can snap a photo just by pressing the shutter. It has auto-focus, flash and auto-load. “It’s a little big, but it’s affordable and seems easy to use!”

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    Chuko Camera Box is famous for its friendly store clerk and regular customers. Yurippa learned that the Genba Kantoku was formerly used for recording at construction sites. It’s durable and can get wet or be dropped and has an excellent lens. She’s finally made her purchase!

     

    ■Information

    Chuko Camera Box

    Address: 1-13-7 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Tel: 03-5339-2701

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station

    Website: http://camerabox.web.fc2.com

     

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    Yurippa loaded her Genba Kantoku right away with 35mm film. Simply take out the film tip and close it on its back. Film cameras can seem tricky, but there are easy-to-use ones like this too!

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    Yurippa was hugely satisfied finally getting her hands on her long-sought film camera. In the second part of this article, she will develop and print the photos that she has taken with her Genba Kantoku at a photo shop.

     

    How about getting yourself your own film camera and to start up photography yourself?

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    Model: Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93

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    Yuri Suganuma is a model with a high fashion sense that has been picked up by various magazines. She receives much love and support from girls of the same generation as her to whom she is known by her nickname “Yurippa.” She has a huge influence across her social media. Recently, she has stepped into other fields outside of modelling, such as appearing in TV shoots and in music videos. She is skilled in make-up and involved in the development of cosmetics.

     

    Photographer & Writer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

  • Explore the photogenic interior of purikura specialist shop “moreru mignon” in Shibuya!

    13.September.2017 | FASHION / SPOT

    “A world of cute photos in one shop” – this is the main concept of “moreru mignon”; a shop where you can enjoy good quality services such as the photo sticker printing machine. A moreru mignon has just opened on the 7th floor of SHIBUYA 109!

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    Sweets artist KUNIKA produced the interior design of the shop. Just some of the main focuses of the store include the enormous cake sofa, the large dome canopy, the cute sweets bathroom, and much more! This peculiar world of sweets portrays “a country of confectionary”.

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    Moreru mignon’s opening commemoration campaign was launched on Saturday 9th September and is still ongoing! Now you can get your hands on some photogenic lollipop candy or ANNA SUI makeup product samples (foundation and puff set).

    Let’s take a walk around moreru mignon ♡

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    You can even borrow hair straighteners here!

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    Get in the tub and take a picture!

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    Enter the space of the magic mirror, which produces a scenery that repeats over and over again with a fantastical effect just like a kaleidoscope.

     

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    Minty green donuts all around!
    Sit on one or peak through the hole – there are so many poses you can make for the perfect picture!

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    A dreamy wonderland of sweets – I wanted to make it a reality! This world is packed to the brim, including a large castle cake sofa, a chocolate makeup room, large donuts and parfait, and so much more! From the floor to the ceiling, the room is filled with colour. This is a world that nobody has ever seen before. Let go of reality and enter a new dimension.

    Spin around 360 degrees – everywhere you look is a perfect spot to take a photo! My top recommendation is the large cake sofa because of its large impact. Please take a seat and take a picture! In addition, there are so many mirrors everywhere – from the walls to the ceiling. Taking a picture of a reflection makes for a very interesting experience! From one photo point, there are an endless number of ways to take a picture. I want everyone to experiment with a range of angles and make their own unique photos!

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    A picture of this place would make for an amazing Facebook, Twitter or Instagram post! Make sure yous nap some purikura photos and commemorate!

    ■Information

    moreru mignon
    Opens:Saturday 9th September 2017
    Address:SHIBUYA 109 7th floor, 2-29-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening hours:10:00 ~ 21:00
    HP:https://www.shibuya109.jp

    Moreru mignon opening commemoration campaign:
    Campaign period:Saturday 9th 〜 Sunday 10th September 2017 ※ Once the stock of presents has been depleted, they will no longer be handed out.
    [Present contents and terms and conditions]        
    1. Lolipop Candy:Only one lollipop will be given to each person who visits moreru mignon.
    2. ANA SUI makeup samples:One sample per play on the puri photo machine.

  • Best 7 photo taking spot in Harajuku to take a photogenic picture in Tokyo sightseeing

    23.December.2016 | SPOT

    The Harajuku city where fashionable people come from all over the world is known as the source of fashion in Tokyo. It is the best spot for visiting that you can enjoy shopping around this area, and visit the famous sightseeing spot called Meiji-Jingu which is close to Harajuku train station.

    Since this town is known as a source of fashion, there are many kinds of “Kawaii” photo taking spots. If you have chance to visit Harajuku, you should visit following 7 places and take pictures.

     

    1 Entrance of Takeshita Street

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    After you go through the Takeshita gate in Harajuku station, you can get to the entrance of Takeshita Street. When you look up the gate of the entrance, you can see the LED screen sign said “TAKESHITA STREET” decorated with cute balloons. These balloons changes depending on the season, and this LED screen sometimes shows videos of people walking on this street. You definitely want to take a picture of this entrance to commemorate this occasion.

    If you walk about 360 meters, there are a lot of cheap cloth stores for teenagers. Other than that, there are the stores that you can take purikura (photo booth that prints out cards and stickers of the resulting photographs), colorful cotton candy store, shopping malls such as ALTA and CUTECUBE. This street is filled with the all kinds of Harajuku pop cultures.

     

    2 CUTECUBE

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    If you walk about 5 minutes from the entrance of Takeshita Street, you can get to the commercial facility called “CUTECUBE.” There are fashion store called “SPINNS” which is very popular among young kids in Japan and cafés that is collaborated with some popular cartoon characters inside this facility. The thing that is standing in the central of this facility is the monument of Sebastian Masuda. This object which piles up colorful blocks and cubes is very outstanding and unique. There is also similar octopus object that has a lot of colorful blocks on the third floor.

     

    3 MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist information center

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    When you go through the Takeshita Street and cross the Meiji Street, you can see the vivid blue building in front of you. This is Harajuku tourist information center as known as MOSHI MOSHI BOX. Other than giving information for tourist, there are an exchange counter, free karaoke machines, the stores that sells Japanese souvenir stuff. The building itself is good for taking pictures with, but the art work called “Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-” which was made by Sebastian Masuda standing outside of this building is also good photo taking spot. This world clock which decorated with colorful toys and ribbons are representing Japanese Kawaii cultures to the world.

     

    4 MOSHI MOSHI KIMONO Salons

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    At the “MOSHI MOSHI Kimono salon” on the second floor of MOSHI MOSHI BOX building, you can not only experience wearing kimono, but also you can go out with wearing kimono. There are Harajuku style unique kimonos which have laces and frills, and they have Japanese traditional kimonos too.

    If you are interested in Japanese Kawaii cultures, you should visit this MOSHI MOSHI kimono salon and find your favorite styles of kimono coordinate.

     

    5 KAWAII MONSTER Café

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    You go straight after you left the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, there is building called “YM Square.” The new café called “KAWAII MONSTER Café” on the fourth floor of this building is much talked about.

    When the elevator’s door opens, it looks like you are in theme park. The waitress wearing cute and fashionable dress welcomes you, and after you go inside, you can see each pieces of furniture’s that are decorated with cute stuffs. There is merry-go-round in the center of this café, and you can take pictures with that. This café makes you feel like you are in the world of picture books.

    Don’t miss the worth photo takings foods that they change every month.

     

    6 Harajuku

    When you go opposite way after leaving KAWAII MONSTER Café, there you can see the monument says “Harajuku” in Chinese characters. This is putting up in front of cloths store called “GALLARIE.” It is good for showing people that you came to Harajuku. This popular store among young people has clothes that have been selected from outside of the country.

     

    7 Illuminations in Omotesando

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    When you go straight with the GALLARIE to your back, you could see the Zelkova tree-lined in the street. They put up light-ups in every winter on this street.

    This place is one of the most popular illumination spot that attaches about fifty millions LED light bulb on these trees.

    The light-up starts Thursday December 1st to ends December 25th from sunset to 10:00PM. The light-up on the bushes ends on Wednesday January 4th.

     

     

    Even though Harajuku is known as the place for young people, there are a lot of place that older people can enjoy visiting. Harajuku is a good place that you can enjoy in any occasion such as traveling with your family, dating, or shopping with your friends.

     

    ■Related article:7 city illuminations to visit in Japan this Christmas

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    iNSPiC REC PIKACHU MODEL – Front face design


    Camera’s back design

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    Other face design (8 designs)

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    The game can be played indoors too using the map system, so you don’t have to worry about having to go outdoors to play during the pandemic. Players can also warp to other users they follow too.

     

    The soundtrack for TSUBASA+, including the background music and sound effects, is composed and produced by Taku Takahashi.

     

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    “Safety Tips” is an app for foreign travellers in Japan that was developed by the Japan Tourism Agency. The app has added three new languagesーKhmer, Burmese, and Mongolianーbringing the total number up to 14. The languages were added together with the new 3.4.0 version of the app on March 17, which is available on iOS and Android.

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  • Fujifilm’s New Instax Mini 11 Adds Selfie Mode For Those Perfect Close-Up Shots

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    The Mini 11 is the first Instax model to introduce an “Automatic Exposure” function which enables the camera to automatically detect the level of ambient light in the frame when the shutter button is pressed. As a result, the camera will optimise the shutter speed and flash output accordingly. This allows users to snap pictures optimally exposed to the main subject of the photo as well as the background in all situations, whether it be in the bright outdoors or in a dark restaurant or party.

     

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  • Chat With My Melody Via Text Message Everyday With Sanrio’s Official New App

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    My Melody’s birthday was yesterday (January 18), and in the run up to it, Sanrio released a new smartphone app on Friday named “Itsudemo Issho ni My Melody” (Together Always With My Melody). Described as a “healing app,” the app is My Melody’s way of cheering on those who are working hard every day; it continues her support of healing people on Twitter and radio with her personality.

     

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    Receive texts from My Melody with Talk Chat

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  • Taylor Swift Appears in instax’s Chekki Photo Commercial for the First Time

    26.August.2018 | SPOT

    instax known for manufacturing their popular instant cameras which allow you to print the photo you have taken right there and then.

     

    Taylor Swift has featured in the company’s new TV commercial entitled “Now or never” which began airing in Japan on August 25.

    Taylor Swift is a global partner of instax. The commercial features snaps of her using the camera backstage on tour and in her everyday life. The “Now or never” message encapsulates being able to snap any moment with an instax camera and print it instantly.

     

    instax ‘Now or never.’ commercial (30 second version).

     

    Taylor Swift gives her thoughts on the commercial.

     

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    ■Information
    Fuji Film instax Cheki Series Commercial – “Now or never.” (15 secs. / 30 secs.)
    Broadcasting: Nationwide in Japan
    Cast: Taylor Swift
    Initial Broadcast: August 25, 2018

     

  • Experience Japanese Culture #5: Film camera part 2 – developing and printing pictures for the first time!

    13.July.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Welcome to Model Yuri Suganuma’s series where she discovers a new hobby! This is a continuation from her previous article where she first discovers her love for film cameras. Lately, she’s becoming more absorbed in this hobby, and after paying a visit to a second-hand camera shop in Shinjuku, she managed to get her hands on her dream camera! However, unless she gets her photos developed and printed, or gets them transferred into a digital format, she won’t be able to see any of her pictures. Upon this realisation, she travelled to Gakuei-daigaku station because her favourite photo shop “monogram” is located on this street. Presenting her much-loved film camera along with her first film roll full of dear memories to the staff, they took it off her hands to get the photos developed and printed. Monogram is known to take a lot of care in printing their photos perfectly. Did any of Yurippa’s photos really catch her eye?

    “This photo shop has such a cool image!” exclaimed Yurippa. She brought along with her two films she had taken with a film compact camera that she bought last month. She managed to restrain herself from getting them developed as soon as possible, committing to the decision to get them developed at an opportunity where we could also tag along!

    After Yurippa handed the undeveloped film to the staff, they asked her a series of questions: would you like prints or digital photos on a CD? What size would you like the prints? What kind of photo paper would you like them to be printed on? And lastly, would you like a white border on your prints? Yurippa couldn’t believe just how much choice she was given! That’s right – monogram can fulfil this many requests! Yurippa wanted a copy of the photos on her phone as well as prints so she asked for both digital photos on CD and prints on matte paper with a white border.

    Another cool service offered by monogram is that you can choose to have a colour tint on your photos. Monogram is also popular because of their ability to adjust the colours for printed and digitalised negative photos. There aren’t many photo shops around like this that will adjust the colours for you. They will also avoid loading their conversations with technical terms (unless you want them to). Yurippa asked for “California style” vivid photographs. They wrote down her order – take a look at her order sheet! Can you see just how unique monogram is in comparison to other photo shops? Yurippa waited in excitement to witness the outcome.

    They really proved their ability to produce special photos! First off, they placed the film in the developer. As well as developing solution, there are a range of chemicals in the machine. Afterwards, the film was processed for negative photos.

    The negative images were scanned and then printed on photo paper. This is the stage at which they were made into California style photographs. Three staff members at monogram overlooked the printing process. As each has their own unique style of printing, they can be designated to certain customers. This truly is the real world of a photography specialists! The staff just say: “leave it to us”, and they adjust the colours to complement the photo!

    Whilst waiting for the prints to be done, Yurippa spent some time browsing the shop for another film for her camera, which is the Konica Genba Kantoku that uses 35mm film. This is a standard film size that is easy to get your hands on. A staff member at the store explained to her what the numbers written on the film box meant. 100 is well suited for photos taken during the day, whereas 400 is an allrounder, as it is also suitable for taking photos during the day and also photos taken indoors. On the other hand, 800 is suited to photos taken indoors, on cloudy days and during the night. In other words, this number is the measurement of the film’s sensitivity to light in numerical value (ISO), they explained. As Yurippa is always on the go with her camera and taking photos during the day, she chose an ISO 400 film. She decided to purchase the Kodak ULTRAMAX400 for photos with an American vibe.

    Although this store specialises in developing photos, the shop is filled with camera accessories. A silver hand strap particularly caught Yurippa’s eye. Just by attaching one of these accessories, your camera will look really glamourous! Having said that, they suited her camera to the extent that they appeared to have been specifically made for it!

    The silver leather hand strap was launched as monogram’s 10-year anniversary edition accessory. It costs ¥ 2,000+ tax.

    …The prints are ready! They were all perfect personal photos. Yurippa was constantly hiding the photos and peaking at them. She selected her favourite ones to share with us – the feeling of the matte paper was really nice.

     

    They look so cool! Did I really take these myself? She asked. The locations in the photos are very distinct. Although digital photos are very useful, the feel of prints in your very own hand is just a wonderful feeling. You would want to give these to friends as a present. Having said that, the quality of these photos is so high that you begin to question whether you actually took them yourself!

    Finally, we asked Yurippa for her thoughts on today. “I used to think that developing photos involved exposing them to lasers. I was surprised to discover that this can be done with developing solution! There is just too much that I don’t know about photos taken with film. It is great fun to learn so much! I initially started this whole photo project because I didn’t have anything in particular that I would call a hobby, but now there’s no doubt that this is becoming one of my new favourite hobbies!

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    monogram

    Address:2-19-13, Takaban, Meguro, Tokyo

    Phone number:03-3760-5852

    Opening hours: 12:00〜20:00(Closed on Wednesdays)

    Access:1-minute walk from East exit of Gakuei-daigaku station  (Tokyu Yokohama line)

    URL:http://monogram.co.jp

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    Model:Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93
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    Yuri Suganuma is a model with a high fashion sense that has been picked up by various magazines. She receives much love and support from girls of the same generation as her to whom she is known by her nickname “Yurippa.” She has a huge influence across her social media. Recently, she has stepped into other fields outside of modelling, such as appearing in TV shoots and in music videos. She is skilled in make-up and involved in the development of cosmetics.

     

  • Experience Japanese Culture #4 – Searching for a Film Camera in Shinjuku’s Used Camera Shops

    30.May.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    This is Yuri ‘Yurippa’ Suganuma’s featured article series in which she takes us on her adventures to cultivate new hobbies.

     

    Yurippa has been interested in photography for some time now, but she’s been unsure which camera she should buy. So, she decided to head to some used camera stores,  Lucky Camera Shop andChuko Camera Box in Shinjuku to find the perfect camera that best suits her. Was she able to find the right one…? Let’s find out!

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    The first place Yurippa stopped by was Lucky Camera Shop. It’s located next to Isetan Shinjuku and has a kind of foreign, non-Japanese air to it. When Yurippa saw the eye-catching red exterior of the shop, it was loved at first sight. In any case, time to head in!

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    The store is lined with cameras made in lots of different countries including Japan, Germany and the US. Lucky Camera Shop puts a lot of effort into stocking foreign-made cameras and mechanical cameras with everything built in. They have a varied line-up, including famous Leica cameras.

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    The Leica parts were all expensive – the bodies and lenses were both over ¥100,000 ($915)!

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    Yurippa was shown a camera she was interested in from inside the showcase. The left was a single-lens reflex Olympus OM-1 and the right was a Barnack Leica. 35mm films are all the rage right now, and these were some of the first models to use them. Both are at a nice, compact size.

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    Yurippa was blown away looking through the viewfinder of the Olympus OM-1. ‘You can see things easily, so much so that everything looks even more beautiful through the viewfinder!’ she said.

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    Next, Yurippa also tried the Barnack Leica. It’s a valuable camera that has you feeling a little nervous touching it. She said surprised at how quiet the shutter was, to which the shop assistant explained, “This is a different single-lens reflex to that of the OM-1. There’s no mirror inside so the shutter is quiet.” Yurippa learned much about how cameras are put together differently, as well as the diverse number of types available.

     

    ■Information

    Lucky Camera Shop

    Address: Gomeikan Bldg. 1F, 3-3-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3354-7898

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station / 1-minute on foot from Shinjuku Sanchome Station

    Website: http://lucky-camera.com/

     

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    The next shop Yurippa headed to was Chuko Camera Box. It’s a used camera store located along Shinjuku Electric Street (Shinjuku Denki-gai). The showcase is crowded with cameras, and the shop has an atmosphere to it like a secret hideout.

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    “It’d be great to have a camera that’s small and easy to use. One that I can take out and snap a photo with straight away. That’d definitely be fun!” said Yurippa while looking in earnest for a camera.

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    She continued to search with these keywords in mind, focusing on auto-focus film compact cameras. And then, she found it. In her hands was the Genba Kantoku from Konica. You can snap a photo just by pressing the shutter. It has auto-focus, flash and auto-load. “It’s a little big, but it’s affordable and seems easy to use!”

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    Chuko Camera Box is famous for its friendly store clerk and regular customers. Yurippa learned that the Genba Kantoku was formerly used for recording at construction sites. It’s durable and can get wet or be dropped and has an excellent lens. She’s finally made her purchase!

     

    ■Information

    Chuko Camera Box

    Address: 1-13-7 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Tel: 03-5339-2701

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30

    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station

    Website: http://camerabox.web.fc2.com

     

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    Yurippa loaded her Genba Kantoku right away with 35mm film. Simply take out the film tip and close it on its back. Film cameras can seem tricky, but there are easy-to-use ones like this too!

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    Yurippa was hugely satisfied finally getting her hands on her long-sought film camera. In the second part of this article, she will develop and print the photos that she has taken with her Genba Kantoku at a photo shop.

     

    How about getting yourself your own film camera and to start up photography yourself?

    Profile

    Model: Yuri Suganuma @yurippa93

    yuri_profile

    Yuri Suganuma is a model with a high fashion sense that has been picked up by various magazines. She receives much love and support from girls of the same generation as her to whom she is known by her nickname “Yurippa.” She has a huge influence across her social media. Recently, she has stepped into other fields outside of modelling, such as appearing in TV shoots and in music videos. She is skilled in make-up and involved in the development of cosmetics.

     

    Photographer & Writer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

  • Sake App “SakeWiz” to be Released in Japan, US, Canada and Singapore for iOS & Android

    13.May.2018 | FOOD

    A mobile app called SakeWiz used for finding information on Japanese sake was released on May 8, 2018 and is available on iOS and Android in Japan, the US, Canada and Singapore.

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    There’s been a boom recently amongst young females in Japan for local sake. SakeWiz was developed to play a role in helping spread the boom of Japanese sake even more through the internet.

     

    The app was officially endorsed by Sake Service Institute (SSI), a Japanese sake service that authorises the Kikisake, or Master of Sake course.

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    Using artificial intelligence, the app has label scanning software to search for Japanese sake brands and names which can be difficult to remember. Additionally, you can save your favourite brands on the app to share and recommend with friends.

     

    Sake has a tendency to mostly be enjoyed by males and females in their 30s. The polyphenol effect, which became the impetus for the first wine boom in Japan, also played a role in lighting a fire amongst young women who are consistently the leaders consumption in this area.

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    There are plans to implement more functions such as to enable users to be able to comment on sake and food they like, as well as introduce coupons. The app is also available in multiple languages, including Chinese and Korean.

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    If you love Japanese sake or someone who wants to try out all the sake that Japan has to offer, then consider downloading SakeWiz.

     

    ■Information

    SakeWiz

    Fuctions:

    ・Label scanning

    ・Favourites list

    ・Japanese sake online purchasing

    ・User community

    ・Search function for restaurants serving Japanese sake

    ・Ability to post on social media including Facebook and Instagram

     

    Download:http://l.ead.me/baqirY

     

    Firenze SAKE:http://firenzesake.jp/

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