Finally, it will be very cold this weekend in Japan

[Date: 05/12/2018]

It will be very cold soon in Japan
It is forecasted that this winter will be warmer than usual since the early of autumn. The first snowing day in a year of Wakkanai Hokkaido (北海道稚内) was the latest ever in the observation history. It was ”Summer day (maximum temperature is more than 25 degree)” at many regions on 3rd December, like people never feel winter and still can go out with half sleeve shirts.
weather forecast of 5 Dec 2018
However, it seems to become so much cold and the winter finally comes this weekend. As you see the temperature difference between today and weekend will be 13 degree (Sendai, Miyagi prefecture), and snowing is expected at some regions. It must be good news for those who will enjoy snow scenery, skiing, snowboarding or any other winter activities.
weather forecast of 9 Dec 2018
We are contacting to customers too who are waiting for their photo shooting and asking to prepare a thick jacket on the day of their shoot. For not only these customers but also all travellers to Japan, please pay attention to weather forecast and take good care of yourself every time you go out.

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Enjoy our Christmas & New Year offer !

[Date: 26/11/2018]

Christmas gift
One month left to go a new year 2019. The city is getting in the mood of X’mas. Today, we announce about X’mas & New Year gifts that we offer every year. Those who plan to go to Japan in sakura (cherry blossom) season in 2019 must check it.
All customer who take photos at Japan on any day in the period 20 March ~ 10 April in 2019, yet give us the official order in the period 1 December 2018 ~ 31 January 2019 can pick one privilege from the following choices.

As the qualities of our photo album and oil painting are so great, we are sure that you will be satisfied with this privilege. The sakura season is the busiest season in a year, we get a lot of orders every year. And we are sorry for rejecting orders from the customers sometimes as many crews get fully booked and they are not available. Hope you start to consider and order us soon and enjoy our X’mas & New Year gifts.
Kindly send us the contact form for your any requirements or questions. We are looking forward to your contact and order.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year in advance.
Have a great one.

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Peter Ho , Cynthia Chan

[Date: 09/11/2018]
Both groon and bride are smiling

Kyoto Kojitsu

From Hong Kong Hong Kong
Location Kyoto
Studio Kyoto Kojitsu
Genre Pre wedding
Shooting date 3rd August 2018
Original comment in Chinese
We were planning to have pre wedding photo shooting in Japan, and found Ema Mino on internet one month advance before we left. Their website show many sample photos taken in Japan. After the meeting with them we clearly understood the details of the service and price. Thank you very much for support and arrangement for our pre wedding in Japan, also appreciate to continuous contact on email and whatsapp to let us know the day of our fitting and shooting.
We would like to thank to Kyoto kojitsu photography crew too for their service. The photographer Mr. Hiroaki Kakiuchi, assistant and make up artist had worked hard to take our photo nicely even in 39 degree temperature. The photographer even came into the river to take photos with good angles. Whole shooting procedure was quite smooth.

Shirakawa, Botanical Garden

Kenneth Lee, Crystal Chow

[Date: 03/11/2018]
Lake side of BIWAKO

Shiga Bridal Photo Works

From Hong Kong Hong Kong
Location Shiga
Studio Shiga Bridal Photo Works
Genre Pre wedding
Shooting date 9th July 2018
We found Ema Mino online and on a whim we sent in the enquiry form asking for more information. Teppei San replied shortly and invited us to visit their office for a detailed discussion. We came out from the meeting with a consensual “this is it!”.
Prior to finding out about Ema Mino and meeting Teppei San, we deliberated for a long time on which photographer to go for and where should the shooting take place for our pre-wedding. We had looked at numerous local photographers and destination packages but none of that felt more right than when we looked at what Teppei San had to offer. Japan has been our favorite place to go to and is a special place for both of us. We picked Shiga (out of the many options) for the simple fact that we have never been there and the shooting locations looked amazing – it did NOT disappoint!
The whole process was absolutely seamless and the shop offered the most stunning Kimonos and Hakamas. The several locations we went to were all so quaint and quiet that we were able to have a great time enjoying the experience (rather than having to pose among crowds of people). The crew was also tremendously helpful and delightful, going out of their way to make us feel comfortable, well fed and well pampered on the long day of shooting. It was truly one of the most memorable days for us and honestly, out of all the decisions we’ve made for our wedding thus far, this was the best one yet 🙂 the photos also came very much on time, and Teppei San is always helpful and super responsive. We have just gotten the final printed album and canvas – quality of both are just top notch.
We’ll be sure to continue recommending Ema Mino to all our friends who’d like to make pre-wedding memories in Japan. We could not be more grateful ourselves 🙂

Lake Biwa Chapel, Keiunkan Japanese Garden, Hikone town

Strict regulation against shooting at GION KYOTO

[Date: 06/09/2018]

A strict regulation
Finally, what we didn’t want to be happened is happened now. It’s a sad new here.
In Kyoto which is one of the most popular spots for photo shooting, the manners of photographers and couples’ pranks are regarded as problems and it has been guessed that shooting at Gion (祇園), Arashiyama (嵐山), and other locations might be regulated by town association. And this time, we are reported by the association that they started to charge us photo shooting permission fee since 1st September 2018 against shooting at GION area. Permission fee differs depending on if the crew is member of the association.
Due to this regulation, it is extremely difficult for you to bring your own photographer from oversea. So if you are planning it, please pay attention carefully.
This regulation affects to whole Gion area such as Tatsumibashi (巽橋) and its around, and the violators need to pay penalty fee. Even engagement photographs and snap shots with your casual clothes are also subject to this regulation if the professional photographers serve shooting.
Some or our partner crew are already member of association, some are going to register soon and some will not be registered. So please ask us about the amount in advance after you select photographer.
Yes, this is a very sad news for everybody. But it’s still better than complete prohibition. We cannot say there’s no charge increasing or complete prohibition in close future, so it might be better to contact us as soon as possible if you are considering about photo shooting at Gion.
*We are so sorry to announce this affects to those who already made order and waiting for shooting. GION.

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Basic information of Kyoto

About Kyoto
Kyoto city is the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, has lots of historical temples. Kyoto is next to Osaka and Hyogo prefecture. These three cities are called “三都 three capitals”, and very popular for foreign tourists. Compared to Osaka and Kobe cities Kyoto is not very modern city, but no city in Japan offers traditional scene and atmosphere like Kyoto. Luckily Kyoto is removed from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb in world war II, so lots of historical temples, shrines and other structures still survive today in the city.
Weather of Kyoto
The average temperature: 15.9 °C
The average annual rainfall: 1,491.3 mm
The highest temperature: 33.3°C (August)
The Lowest temperature: 1.2°C (January)
*Investigation: 1981 – 2010
Weather of Kyoto
Rainy season of Kyoto
Rainy season in Kyoto prefecture starts on 6th – 10th June and end on 18th – 23rd July. After rainy season, temperature get higher and humidity is also still very high due to basin terrain. This hot weather make leaves on three colour fresh green and it makes us feel a bit cooler. Normally it rains more in September than August, it seldom rain hard in maple leaf season (October and November).
Rainy season of Kyoto
Population of Kyoto
The population of Kyoto prefecture is around 2,607,000 as of June 2016 (13th highest population density). 1,500,000 people in all population lives in Kyoto city.
Geography of Kyoto
To the south, it faces Osaka and Nara Prefectures and it faces Hyōgo Prefecture to the west. Kyoto is known that one of the three main cites (三都) in Kansai area with Kobe and Osaka.
Total area of Kyoto prefecture is around 4,613 km2
Area rank: 13th / all 47 prefectures in Japan.
Popular local food of Kyoto
Kyoto’s traditional dishes are called “Kyo-Ryori 京料理”, looks like set menu that has many kinds of dishes served by many small bowls. Mostly all dishes are cooked with local organic ingredients. Especially tofu hotpot, Japanese pickles and grilled fish are their regular menu and all those are decorated by chef such as work of art. Not only tasting but also seeing dishes is one of our pleasure.

kyoto local foods
Transportation of Kyoto
●JR West ●Kintetsu Kyoto line ●Hankyu Kyoto line ●Keihan Electric Railway
●Kyoto city subway ●Kyoto kotsu ●Keifuku Electric Railway ●Eizan railway

IF you move around in Kyoto city, we highly recommend you to buy one day bus card (Adult: 500 Yen , Child: 250 Yen). In front of JR Kyoto station, there is bus information centre and they sell 1day pass ticket for one day and you can get bus map that shown all bus numbers, destinations, locations of bus stop and so on. It’s fixed fare (Adult: 500 Yen , Child: 250 Yen), and you can take buses as many times as you need. On the first ride of a day, when you put your card into machine it mark the date on the back of your card and from 2nd time you ride, you just need show the driver the date printed. It’s very convenient.

(Kansai international airport to Kyoto)
>Airport Limousine bus (Adult: 2,550 Yen, Child: 1,280 yen | Round trip: 4,180 Yen)
*Time schedule:

(Osaka station to Kyoto station)
>JR Kyoto Line (Shin-kaisoku / 29 mins / 560 Yen)

(Sannomiya station (Kobe) to Kyoto station)
>JR Kobe Line (Shin-kaisoku / 51 mins / 1,080 Yen)
Recommendation of sightseeing spots in Kyoto
Arashiyama (嵐山), Kiyomizu temple (清水寺), Amano hasidate (天橋立),
Fushimi Inari Shirine (伏見稲荷大社)
Number of travelers from Hong Kong who stayed at Kyoto
(2014) 111,400 people
(2015) 193,230 people (+ 73%)
Major events and festivals of Kyoto
●Gion festival (at Yasaka shrine in July)
●Aoi festival (at Kamigamo shrine and Shimogamo Shrine at middle of May)
●Jidai festival (at Kyoto gosho, Heian shrine on 22nd October)
and much more.
Celebrities from Kyoto
Kumi Kouda, Emi Suzuki, Masakazu Tamura, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kimiko Date, Shinsuke Shimada, Daisuke Matsui, Katsuya Nomura, Aya Sugimoto, Kazumi Saito, Misono, Chihara brothers, Daisuke Miyagawa
Professional sport teams of Kyoto
>Kyoto Sanga FC >Amitie Sports Club
>Kyoto Hannaryz
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Maple leaves come early this year

[Date: 30/08/2018]

Momiji season
Summer is going to last soon and many websites have updated Autumn weather forecast lately. As the average temperature of this March was 2 degree lower than last year, most of them forecast maple leaves come early in this year.
For example for shooting at Kyoto, the one of the most popular regions, every year we had recommended our customers to select a day before the middle of December. But since 2017, four seasons has come earlier than usual. Sakura in Spring and maple leaves in Autumn come and end early. One of the crew told us not to expect maple leaves in December so much and asked us to recommend customer to select November.
Autumn forecast of 2018
Today, we are showing latest forecast for Hokkaido (北海道), Aomori (青森), Miyagi (宮城), Toyama (富山), Tochigi (栃木), Nagano (長野), Kyoto (京都), Kagawa (香川) and Oita (大分). According to many Autumn forecasts on internet, best period will be ended in November or earlier no matter which region you select. Even you select December, we guess that there still be leaves but not much like November.
Because of these information, the photography crews are getting more and more orders now for photo shooting in November. Yes, we are still in freaking hot weather. But it’s not too early to fix your pre wedding with maple leaf. Never be late to contact us if you are considering.

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Sam Lam , Deby Ho

[Date: 30/08/2018]
Flower garden in Fukuoka

Photography FEEL

From Hong Kong Hong Kong
Location Fukuoka
Studio Photography FEEL
Genre Pre wedding
Shooting date 12th April 2018
We would like to express our gratitude to Nagata san of Ema Mino, Kentaro san, Chiho san and Aya san of Photography Feel team. Thanks for the intimate service and assistance during our prewedding photo taking.
We enjoyed the photo shooting and the quality of the photos is very good. We were surprised for the efficiency because the photos were all sent to us within only a week after the photo shooting day. Thank you for always offering us much time to choose the photos, decide the layout of the album, and even wait for us to meet you in office.
Once again, we have to say a big “thank you” to Nagata san and Kentaro san especially for the help in arranging the flowers for the surprise, which was not actually their scope of services. We will definitely recommend you to our friends in future. Thank you very much.

Umino Nakamichi Park, Yusentei Japanese Garden

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