Michael Roberts and ‘Hot House Jazz’ present the Ichi Takata Quartet

April 16, 2014

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Last weekend I photographed the Ichi Takata Quartet play at Shibuya 354. The quartet is made up of Ichi Takata on bass, Joh Yamada on saxophone, Yuta Ikedo on guitar and Sebastiaan Kaptein on drums. Plus special guests. Check out some of the photographs I made here…

31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of March (365xInstagram)

April 09, 2014

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31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of March 2014. These are my favourite snaps from last month straight from the iPhone.

Nakagusuku Hotel, Okinawa (Royal Hotel)

April 07, 2014

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During my last trip to Okinawa I checked out the Royal Hotel in Nakagusuku. Construction on the hotel started in the 1970s but was never completed due to an unfortunate string of events including several deaths. Locals say the land upon which the hotel was built is sacred and full of spirits. The hotel now sits rotting on the hillside. Here are some of the photos I made at the hotel…

Abandoned Aircraft Factory, Italy

March 05, 2014

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This spur-of-the-moment haikyo adventure was my first outside of Japan and it was completely unplanned. I was in Italy last summer enjoying a quiet train ride through Tuscany when I spotted what looked like a possible site for exploration from the window. Curiosity got the better of me and I headed back to discover an abandoned airplane factory full of great colors, textures and shadows. Check it out…

Return to Nichitsu

March 03, 2014

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Back in October 2012 I visited the abandoned mining of Nichitsu. It was my first haikyo experience, one that got me really interested in exploring forgotten places. We spent a good five hours there that day checking out the abandoned apartments, supermarket, doctors surgery and other public buildings. Unfortunately our trip was cut short due to time constraints and I have been eager to go back ever since, and in December, over a year later I finally did! Here are the images I shot this time round…

28 Instagram pictures, one for each day of February (365xInstagram)

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28 Instagram pictures, one for each day of February 2014. These are my favourite snaps from last month straight from the iPhone.

Falling Out of Consciousness (2)

February 27, 2014

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Part two of my latest shoot with Tokyo based singer/song writer Mana. She arrived for the shoot with a pile of yukata and kimono that her mother had hand made many years before, we enjoyed improvising with them in a tatami room with a single red lamp. Here are a few of my favorite images from the second part of our shoot…

Falling Out of Consciousness (1)

February 26, 2014

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Mana wanted some new photos for her portfolio. She turned up for the shoot with various kimono and yukata handmade by her mother which we improvised with. We did the shoot in two parts, these are a few of my favourite shots from part one. Part two which is in colour to follow shortly…

DBS Present Congo Natty & Congo Dubz – Jungle Revolution 2014

February 16, 2014

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Yesterday Congo Natty (aka Rebel MC) touched down in Tokyo with his son and partner in crime Congo Dubz to play to a packed out Club Unit in Daikanyama. Also from England was DJ Madd in support, alongside various Japanese artists including Jah-Light, Jangle Rock & Takuto and Part2Style. As always the music was top, the crowd were lively and everyone was down to party hard. Here are a few of the images I shot…

D2 and Largemouth (Kaizan Records) Portrait

February 13, 2014

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I recently had a studio shoot with Japanese Drum n Bass duo D2 and Largemouth of Kaizan Records. The brief was to create an image that portrays both artists as a single entity, an image that incorporates the two artists but looks like a single person at a glance. Here is the monochrome version of the final edit before it goes to the designer.

31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of January (365xInstagram)

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31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of January 2014. These are my favourite snaps from last month straight from the iPhone.

UNIT and DBS Presents ROSKA!ROSKA!ROSKA!

January 16, 2014

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Roska (Rinse FM) touched down in Tokyo on January 4th to play at Unit as part of his Japan tour – with support from Stitch, Mr Tikini, Broken Haze, P.O.L Style and Taar. Also Special guests Lofty 305 and Ruben Slikk (Metro Zu) stepped up to grace the mics. It was a great start to 2014 in Tokyo – check out the photos here…

31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of December (365xInstagram)

January 15, 2014

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31 Instagram pictures, one for each day of December 2013. These are my favourite snaps from last month straight from the iPhone.

Electrik 神社 meets 354

January 11, 2014

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The Jinja band is a collective of jazz musicians who are resident players of Tokyo bar Electrik 神社 (Electrik Jinja) in Roppongi, Tokyo. I have worked with a couple of the band members before on individual projects, but for this shoot I was asked to come and photograph them as a collective playing in Shibuya.

Mana x Coin Laundry

January 02, 2014

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The other day I did another photoshoot with Tokyo musician Mana Hardcore. We based the first half of the shoot in various coin laundries in West Tokyo, come and take a look at some of the photos we made together.