Taking a day out to tour Tokyo is a luxury that I cant afford these days and only managed to pull one off because I was filming for Culture Japan Season 2 Episode 12. Today Yumi from AmiAmi and I will be your tour guide on this lovely Sunny day.
From Lalaport, one can take the Himiko - a boat designed by Matsumoto Leiji - creator of Space Battleship Yamato, Galaxy Railways, Galaxy Express 999 and many more. You can find out more about the boat and departing times in the Himiko Tokyo Boat Cruise post.
I recently found out that the Himiko is owned by a friend of a friend ^^; Was also told that I could use the Himiko whenever I wanted for a Culture Japan Night. Vividblaze also performed on the boat a few moons ago.
Japan is a bicycle country. London wasn't a bicycle city when I left the UK but when I went back I was shocked to see them all over the place. They introduced some congestion charge for cars which entered the city - this encouraged the citizens to bike it to work.
Do you ride a bicycle to work or school? If so, what brand you recommend? I must get a new one this year and make it into an Itachari.
An introduction to a scene or cut is called Maefuri .
B-roll is known as Butsudori .
Camera-san is the camera-man and Onsei-san is the sound-man.
Hiiki is a wide shot while Yori is a closeup shot.
Itatsuki is where the subject is sitting down before the next cut begins.
Hakeru is to move out of the camera's view.
Shomei is lighting.
Pinto ga atteinai means that the camera is out of focus.
Musen refers to the wireless mics.
Just thought I'd throw a few Japanese TV production terms at you ^^;
Next stop is Hoppy Dori - a road filled with Japanese style pubs. In the Summer, everybody is sitting outside enjoying the long evenings. In the Winter, everybody is inside being warmed up by the stoves.
The name of this restaurant is Motsukushi. To get to Hoppi Dori, head to the location below.
Thats a wrap! At the end of a days filming, everybody would say to each other Otsukaresama deshita! - a greeting used when somebody has been through some sort of hard work or ordeal. Folks in a hairdressers would even use it after you've had your hair washed - because you leaning back in a chair is supposedly an ordeal ^^;