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Evan Pike
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While traveling to Kyoto for the private and custom tour of Japan, I arranged for a tea ceremony and private portrait session with a real maiko (geiko apprentice) in Kyoto.  I’ve taken her portraits many times before and she is almost finished with her…

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Kyoto. More than 30 trips to Kyoto since 2004 and I’m still amazed every time I travel to Japan’s old capital.  The mix between modern and traditional Japan is is probably the main reason why Kyoto is my favorite city in the world though it’s always…

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After a few days of exploring Tokyo it was time to move to our next destination, Miyajima and Hiroshima.  We took the bullet train from Shinagawa all the way down to Hiroshima and then a local train to Miyajimaguchi before finally taking a ferry to the…

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The first full day of my private tour of Japan was spent as a day trip in Nikko, visiting a master Japanese sword smith and some of the sights that make Nikko magnificent. After our time in Tochigi Prefecture, we had a few days to explore, photograph,…

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After an awesome morning photographing and learning from a Japanese master sword smith, our small group continued our tour of Japan to Nikko.  Nikko is in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo and well regarded for it’s beauty in both nature and man made…

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This Summer I had a great opportunity to create a custom and private tour of Japan for a local family here in North Carolina. Last Summer I lead a tour of Japan for a mother and daughter and this tour of Japan was for a father and son.  I love creating…

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The last stop for our group of photographers visiting Japan before returning to Tokyo was Fuji Kawaguchiko.  Lake Kawaguchiko is one of the Fuji Five Lakes and offers stunning views of Mt. Fuji no matter what time of year.  Thankfully this is the case as…

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After a few days in Kyoto, the small group of photographers on the 2017 Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan headed to the outskirts of Kyoto to Wazuka.  Wazuka is a green tea farming town, considered by many to grow some of the finest, if not the finest, green…

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After visiting Tokyo, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Himeji, the 2017 Cherry Blossom tour of Japan headed north again to Kyoto.  I’ve said it many times before, Kyoto is my favorite city in Japan and perhaps in the world.  The mix of modern and traditional Japan…

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The cherry blossoms were catching up with our small group of photographers as we headed north in Japan from Miyajima to Himeji.  Himeji is Japan’s most famous and spectacular castle but also famous for it’s hundreds of cherry blossom trees spread out…
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