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Turning Japanese

08 Mar 2018

Turning Japanese Image

By Lina Le

A 12-day tour to Japan combining travel and photography this September, organised by the Photography Studies College (PSC) in Southbank, is open for registration.

Anyone who is passionate about Asian culture and photography, from photography students to enthusiasts can book the tour, which will depart for Japan on September 8 this year.

The tour takes participants to southern Honshu and Shikoku Islands - the centre of imperial Japan and one of Japan’s least visited islands within the Kansai region with visit to cities of Osaka, Nara and Kyoto. An optional extension to visit Tokyo is also possible.

Combining ancient culture with exquisite natural landscapes and dazzling architecture, participants can expect to see cultivated gardens, vibrant markets, and sacred temples.

Speaking about the tour, renowned international photojournalist and tour leader Michael Coyne said: “It’s not so much the Japanese style but it’s the place. You’re stepping into another culture into such places as the gardens in Kyoto and places like Hiroshima. Stepping into that zone requires respect while you’re taking photographs.”

“We’ll go right across the inland sea from Hiroshima right up to the old imperial capital of Kyoto so you’ll experience a good contradiction and variety of places.”

Michael and Japan-based Australian commercial photographer Steph Doran will be co-leading the tour. Michael is an expert in photojournalism and documentary and Steph lives in Japan and is fluent in Japanese. With their expertise, participants will receive both technical and cultural guidance throughout the tour.

A maximum of 14 participants can sign up for a package that includes accommodation, daily breakfasts, all domestic transports, airport transfers and much more.

The tour follows last year’s success with a tour to Iran, which received tremendous feedback, according to Michael.

“It’s not a workshop but it will give an insight into some photography. If you’ve got a passion for photography we encourage you to come along,” he said.

For costs and more information visit www.psc.edu.au

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