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Sakura blooming dates in 2019

[Date: 16/01/2019]

Estimated Sakura blooming dates in 2019
Many website started to inform about flower blooming date of Sakura in 2019. According to those website, the blooming dates of each location will be a bit later than 2018 and the best period will be in April. In 2018, the best period of Sakura had been already passed in many regions in west Japan as of 1st April. As it’s still more than two months advance now, so Sakura blooming dates will be earlier or later depending on the weather.
 
However crews in Japan have got many orders so far this year. Especially crews in KYOTO can accept orders on very few days only. Unfortunately almost no crew is available for shooting on 4th ~ 7th April.
 
As you know, Sakura in southern Japan starts blooming earlier than northern region, so we suggest you to make your decision as soon as possible if you think of photo shooting in west or south part in Japan.
 
In addition, we are in promotion until 31 January. You will be able to get some privileges if you make the order in this period for shooting in Sakura season. We do not want to push you to make fast decision, but also don’t want to reject your order. So please contact us before you missing a chance.
 
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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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Pre wedding in Kyoto HKD 9,800

[Date: 25/11/2018]

Why don't you choose it?
We are glad to announce that we had created a simple yet reasonable package of pre wedding with KIMONO for couples planning to take photos in weekend in January and February.
 
Those who have pre wedding on the day we selected (weekend) in January and February can enjoy the package shooting at 1 location with KIMONO in only HKD 9,800. This offer is for only two couples in a day and it’s counted with customers in Japan too. If the crew gets 2 orders, it will be no longer available.
 
We made this package as simple as possible to offer reasonable offer because of Christmas. But we are sure that most of what you want is included and it’s a very good offer for people who travel in weekend or prefer short shooting time. And it is valid the weekend just before Chinese New Year, so if you are going to stay in Japan in Chinese New Year holidays please consider it.
The days you can choose are 12, 19, 26, 27 January and 2, 3, 16, 17 February (total 8 days). And the order must be made by 31 January.
 
The details of the offer are as you see below.
 

KIMONO (Bride) Included KIMONO choices (pinterest)
KIMONO (Groom) Included
Accessaries Included
Make up & Hair-styling (Bride) Included
Stylist accompanying Included
Soft copies At least 200
Location 1
Transportation Included
Language English
Photo album Not included Option: HKD (Normal) 1480 → HKD 1200
Additional KIMONO (Bride) HKD 2000
*Please be noted that photo shooting permission is costed for some locations.
 
Arashiyama Kyoto
 
All KIMONO that Kyoto Kojitsu provides are as authentic as it is used for wedding ceremony. Experience their fantastic KIMONO and careful hospitality in this period. Once again, this offer is for two couple only in a day and valid for specific 8 days only.
 
We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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OKINAWA promotion by OCVB

[Date: 24/11/2018]

Okinawa promotion
This is an announcement of the new promotion that OCVB (Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau) planned and provide to Hong Kong agency for travellers. As you know, Okinawa prefecture has been working hard and focusing on attracting foreigners including Hong Kong people for long time. One of its contents “Wedding” had become a big reason why foreigners visit to Okinawa.
 
On this promotion, customers who order in the period 1st January to 20th February for their pre wedding, ceremony or banquet in Okinawa, are able to get “Aroma Oil Set”. It’s an aroma plate made by same material as Okinawa’s roof tile and aroma oil. Suckle 2~3 drops on the plate, hang it at your room or anywhere. Then you will enjoy the nice smell of “シークワーサー(Okinawa’s Hirami lemon)”.
 
This aroma set was limitedly delivered to agents in Hong Kong. Ema Mino only got 5 sets. OCVB set 20th February as the day the promotion finishes, but once we get 5 orders we will immediately finish it then. We do not care when you are planning to have pre wedding, ceremony or banquet. And we decided to promote this offer for family photo shooting or any other services in Okinawa.
 
We have 3 light blue, 1 white and 1 brown now and look forward to your contact!!
 
Gift from Okinawa
 

Okinawa 沖縄

photo shooting spots in Okinawa

NICE! OKINAWA ISHIGAKI See package details
NICE! OKINAWA NAGO See package details
ST WEDDING See package details
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Basic information of Okinawa

About Okinawa
Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture in Japan, located between Kyushu Island and Taiwan. The seas surrounding Okinawa’s Islands are recognized one of the most beautiful with coral reefs. Lots of tourist enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing at Okinawa these years. The subtropical climate with high temperatures barely fall to 15 degrees in winter season is one of the reason why Okinawa is popular destination in all seasons in a year. For wedding, coastland Chapels are chosen by hundreds young couples from Hong Kong for their wedding ceremony and pre wedding. Especially May, October and November are the highest season in a year, and couples normally start to arrange their schedule at least one year advance.
Weather of Okinawa
The average temperature: 23.1°C
The average annual rainfall: 2,040.8 mm
The highest temperature: 31.8°C (July)
The Lowest temperature: 14.6°C (January)
*Investigation: 1981 – 2010
Weather of Fukuoka
Rainy season of Okinawa
Rainy season in Okinawa prefecture starts on 8th – 15th May and end on 15th -23rd June.
It starts and ends earliest in Japan. All beaches are opened earlier than other prefecture in Japan and many family tourists travel to Okinawa for summer vacation during their home town is still in rainy season. But Okinawa is the place that typhoon hit most in Japan. According to investigation in last 10 years, around 2 typhoons make landfall in Okinawa in a month on August and September.
Rainy season of Fukuoka
Population of Okinawa
The population of Okinawa prefecture is around 1,431,000 as of June 2016.
Kayamajima Island and Aragusukujima Island (underlying) has only 2 residents on each Islands.
Geography of Okinawa
Okinawa is located middle if Kyushu and Taiwan, consisting by 160 Islands. Total area of Okinawa prefecture is around 2,271 km2
Area rank: 4th smallest of all prefectures in Japan.
Popular local food of Okinawa
Since U.S. Army has been staying in Okinawa Island for long, it has at least some effect on Okinawa food and dishes. There are lots of hamburger or hot dog restaurants in whole Okinawa Island. And “Taco rice” cooked with minced meat, onion and cheese is also one of the most famous Okinawa local food. It also effected by American taste.
On the other hand, “Bitter Melon Stir Fry with Tofu and Egg (Goya champuru)” and “Umibudou” are representative Okinawa local dishes. In addition, Okinawa prefecture is famous for Shochu / Awamori producing, These has variety of alcohol content such as 20% ~ 50%. All these foods and alcohol are only offered in Okinawa prefecture. You should try local food at least once when you visit Okinawa.

osaka local foods
In addition, Okinawa prefecture is famous for Shochu / Awamori producing, These has variety of alcohol content such as 20% ~ 50%. All these foods and alcohol are only offered in Okinawa prefecture. You should try local food at least once when you visit Okinawa.

osaka local foods
Transportation of Okinawa
●Okinawa monorail (Naha city) ●Bus

Unfortunately, Okinawa prefecture only has monorail in Naha city and bus to go away from city. There is no transportation such as train or subway. That is why there are lots of rental car shop and their price is quite reasonable. You can find travel packages including rental car that provided by travel agency. If you have international driving license, we highly recommend you to drive a car by yourself. It must make you go through your schedule smoothly.
Recommendation of sightseeing spots in Okinawa
Manzamo (万座毛), Churaumi Aquarium (美ら海水族館), Taketomi Island (竹富島)
Number of travelers from Hong Kong who stayed at Okinawa
(2014) 370,330 people
(2015) 562,450 people (+ 51%)
Major events and festivals of Okinawa
●Orion beer festival (at Koza sports park at the end of August)
●Whole Okinawa “Eisa~” festival
●Peaceful love Rock festival (at Okinawa city Koza park at early of July)
●Naha city “Tsunahiki” festival (at Kokusai dori and Rute 58 at early to middle of October)
and much more.
Celebrities from Okinawa
Namie Amuro, Da Pump, SPEED, Yui Arakaki, Yu Yamada, Ai Miyazato, Takefumi Yoshimoto, Ryoko Kuninaka, Meisa Kuroki, Yukie Nakama, Fumi Nikaido, GACKT, Kiroro, MAX
Professional sport teams of Okinawa
●Football
>FC Ryukyu
●Basketball
>Ryukyu Golden Kings
●Boxing
>Rykyu Boxing Gym
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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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Kyoto 京都

Shooting points in Kyoto

Kyoto Kojitsu * See package details
atelier Casha See package details
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Zerography Kyoto * See package details
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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: http://www.okkbus.co.jp/en/timetable/kix/t_kyt.html

(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
●Football
>Kyoto Sanga FC >Amitie Sports Club
●Basketball
>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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Oita, Yufuin, Beppu come into your choices

[Date: 24/07/2018]

Great landscape in Oita prefecture
Yufuin comes into your choices.
 
We are always excited every time we start to work with a new photography crew. This time, we are about to introduce a new crew from Oita that we’ve not worked for. The first cooperation was Hong Kong wedding expo held on November 2017, we worked together with another crew from Fukuoka. Most couples gave us official orders in our event history and made our event so much successful. On the same time, we recognized that many people were interested in pre wedding at Oita, Yufuin and Beppu. It made us move forward to work together regularly.
 
SAKAE Photo Studio is one of the most famous photography crew in Japan, constantly holds training events for many photographers all over Japan. Their outfit choices are also so plentiful, and you will find suitable shooting locations from their suggestions for sure.
 
For the beginning, we decided to offer 3 different packages. “Wedding gown & tuxedo package”, “KIMONO package” and “Wedding gown & tuxedo + KIMONO package”. But! We will provide Wedding gown & tuxedo too for those who order “KIMONO package” as privilege for our first year. So you will get 2 pairs of outfits with the amount of KIMONO package. It must be attractive for you.
 
Shall we consider about shooting in Oita that you easily access from Fukuoka and Kumamoto. We have real confidence to offer very unique style photo shooting that you have never seen. The crew will pick you up your accommodation and send you after fitting/shooting as long as you stay in Oita city, Beppu city, and Yufuin, so there’s nothing to worry even if it’s your first time to visit to Oita.
 

 
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