Photography students embrace the Japanese culture

To ensure our Photography students have the opportunity to gain a global perspective, they have recently visited Japan as part of an optional study trip to gather inspiration for their studies.

Photography students in Japan
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Ready to board the bullet train to Kyoto

To ensure our Photography students have the opportunity to gain a global perspective, they have recently visited Japan as part of an optional study trip to gather inspiration for their studies.

Their week-long trip began in the capital, Tokyo, where the students stayed in Tokiwadai. After arriving in the city and settling into their hotel, the students had the opportunity to explore Shinjuku and Shibuya; two of Tokyo’s busiest areas and home to the city’s largest concentration of skyscrapers. To help the students familiarise themselves with their surroundings, a compulsory tour of the city was also arranged with a local resident, Yuri. Yuri took the students to a blossom park in Shinjuku followed by a number of galleries to gather some inspiration.

For the rest of their time in Tokyo, the students were provided with a recommended itinerary which suggested a trip to Ueno Park; Metropolitan Art Museum, The Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Market and Yebisu Garden Place; a top photography museum.

Midway through the week, the students travelled west to spend the duration of their trip in Kyoto; a city famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces and traditional wooden houses. Many of the students visited the Imperial Park, Golden Palace and the Zen Temples during their time in Kyoto; and were lucky to witness the countless cherry trees during the cherry blossom season.

Final year student Anil Daji told us: "One of the things that was nice was seeing both cities from a high viewpoint as it allowed you to see so much, from the Kyoto Tower you could see the Osaka Prefecture. I went up this tower during the day and night - the view were amazing on both occasions.

“From the perspective of a photography student, this trip has been beneficial as it has allowed me to explore various photography settings and given me the opportunity to take some amazing scenic photographs that really stand out. I was able to discover the true power of my phone camera and the images it could produce.”

Fellow student Hattie Moor added: "The trip was extremely beneficial from a course perspective as I took over 2,000 photos! I based my visual practice project for this term on the culture in Japan, so it definitely helped in terms of that. I loved seeing the culture and exploring the country, it is a completely different world there. I would recommend the experience to anyone and everyone, I loved every minute of it and I can’t wait to hopefully go back one day."

Photography students embrace the Japanese culture

Published on 3 April 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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