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2015 Year in Review

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Jigokudani Onsen, Nagano

2015 began with a quick trip to photograph the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Onsen, Nagano.

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Yoshimasa Matsuda, Hanshi 9th-dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu Myobukan at Naminoue Shrine

Back in Okinawa I continued to document the karate masters and the people of the Ryukyu Islands.

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Okinawa man in yukata and straw hat, Yomitan.

A few weeks in spring were spent in the UK where I hung out with family and took pics of some local icons.

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Stonehenge, prehistoric monument of standing stones, Wiltshire, England. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Kelpies, 30-meter high horse sculptures by Andy Scott. Falkirk, Scotland

The Kelpies, 30-meter high horse sculptures by Andy Scott. Falkirk, Scotland

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Lotus Eclat British sports car Rudding Park Hotel, a Grade I listed Regency-style country house in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.

Back in Okinawa I had to update the Okinawa and Kyushu chapters of the Fodors Japan travel guide.  I popped down to Iriomote to check out the options for visitors.

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Jungle Trekking on Iriomote Island, Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa

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And up to Kumamoto for a bit of history.

Japanese samurai in armour  at Kumamoto Castle, Kyushu, Japan.

Japanese samurai in armour at Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto

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Yuki drinking green tea at the Kokin-Denju-no-Ma teahouse, Suizenji Jojuen Park, Kumamoto City

Around the same time I was  working as a location manager for the Okinawa episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. A cool experience introducing Okinawa to a huge new audience.

Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Itoman, Okinawa.

Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Itoman, Okinawa.

On March 25th, I bought a house in the morning, then in the afternoon Yuki and I got married at the town office. A good chunk of the summer was then spent renovating the house and making it weatherproof.

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The house ( after some elbow grease and a lick of paint!)

Yuki and I got some wedding pics done by being models for a photo class with my mate Pete Leong. Always good to have friends in the business!

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We had a few days in Hong Kong as a mini honeymoon.

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Back in Okinawa it was time to photograph the summer festivals.

Chondara at the Heshikiya Eisa Festival, Katsuren, Okinawa, Japan

Chondara at the Heshikiya Eisa Festival, Katsuren, Okinawa, Japan

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Shioya Ungami Sea Festival an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan, Shioya Bay, Ogimi Village, Okinawa

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Shioya Ungami Sea Festival an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan, Shioya Bay, Ogimi Village, Okinawa

The Karate Masters Portrait Project continued  both indoors and beyond the dojo.

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Tsuneo Shimabukuro 島袋 常雄 9th-dan Uechi-ryu Karate, 9th-dan Ryukyu Kobudo

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Yonamine Kousuke, 10th-dan Okinawa Karatedo Association Shohei Ryu, Ryukyu Kobudo Kenryoryu

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Nobuko Oshiro, Kyoshi, 8th dan Okinawa Karate-do Shorinryu, Taishinkan Association in the Sugar Cane fields of Sashiki Town, Okinawa, Japan

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Hiroshi Takamiyagi, Hanshi Goshukan Ryu Karatedo, Sunabe, Okinawa

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Kensho Tokumura, Hanshi 9th-dan Ryukyu Dento Kobujutsu Hozon Budo Kyokai Training on Heshikiya Beach, Katsuren, Okinawa.

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Masaharu Higa 8th dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu Karate-Do Myobu-kan Yomitan Chapter Dojo

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Katsuyoshi Chibana 7th-dan Okinawa Shorin-ryu Karate-Do  Myobu-kan Yomitan at Zakimi Castle, Okinawa, Japan

I also photographed a few very cool cars, and was sent on assignment by the Guardian newspaper to a galaxy far, far away.

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Godzilla in Okinawa, Nissan GTR

2015 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale sports car

2015 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale sports car

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Richard Napier (48) American living in Fukuoka, Japan spent 4 years and US$34,000 to build a working R2-D2 called R2-J1.

Thanks to all my family, friends, students and clients for a great 2015. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2016.

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The force is strong with this one.  Photo by Toma Fumiya at the Off Camera Flash workshop with Pete Leong (Japanese version)

1 Comment

  1. bernice0590 says

    Chris this is a really great overview of your year! We’ll have to talk about the UK before Steve and I head over for a visit in 2017! 😊

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