Japan, Okinawa, Pentax 645D, pentax 645Z, Photography, profoto, Sony A7S II, Video
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Hisao Hamamoto, Koden HachimanRyu Jissen BattoJutsu Hamamotoden BattoKai

Hisao Hamamoto is a master of Japanese swords. At 83 he continues to teach how to use katana and wakizashi.

Hisao Hamamoto Sensei 2011

I first photographed Hamamoto sensei on October 1st 2011, before the Karate Masters Portrait Project began. The single-light beauty dish portrait I took of Hamamoto would become the lighting setup I’d then use for the entire series.

Hisao Hamamoto Sensei 2011

I met up with Hamamoto sensei today at the Budokan in Naha City, to get some video of him teaching his class. Afterwards I asked to take a few location portraits at the shrine next to the Budokan.

Hisao Hamamoto 2019
Hisao Hamamoto 2019

We then grabbed some lunch before heading over the Dojo Bar with James Pankiewicz to film a short interview with Hamamoto sensei. It won’t be part of the Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate series, but a bonus interview about his life and art. A real delight to meet him once again.

Thank you to Hamamoto sensei for giving up his time, to James for helping set up the shoot and letting us conduct the interview in the Dojo Bar, and to Gary for assisting as a second videographer.

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  1. Lookjng forward to the future videos that you can produce, I am returning to the way of the sword myself abf find works like this inspiring.
    Tom

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