Over the past few months we have been detailing our travels across Japan that took place just over a year ago. In Part 1, we arrived in Tokyo, and in Part 2 we made our way to Fujisan and Yudanaka’s hot springs. This, is Part 3.
It had been six hours worth of train rides from Yudanaka to Kyoto and we arrived just as the sun was starting to set. We hopped off of our train and walked under and through Kyoto Station’s marvellous architecture, rushing over to the taxi stands so we could acquaint ourselves with the city in the little bit of daylight that was left.
In our time there, we came to realize that Kyoto is a city donning many different hats, and at its core, is the melting pot of Japan’s past and present.
Kyoto is probably most famous for its over 1600 temples — the very reason we found ourselves in Japan’s former capital. But in our time there, we came to realize that Kyoto is a city donning many different hats, and at its core, is the melting pot of Japan’s past and present. The result is historical landmarks surrounded by modern architecture and sophisticated shopping districts, a duality that makes for some always interesting, occasionally jaw-dropping walks. For us however, it was the city’s intricate network of alleyways that really stuck out and where we spent most of our time exploring. The truth is, if you’re not on a main street in Kyoto, you’re probably in an alleyway, littered with hundred of bicycles, residents, shop-owners, and the occasional mini-truck trying to make its way through.
We checked into the Mitsui Garden, a sleek little boutique hotel off of one of these very alleyways. Like Kyoto, it blends modern design with Japanese cultural elements to create a really unique aesthetic. Small warning: if you constantly flip your pillow to the cool side throughout the night, you won’t be doing that here because they fill the underside of their pillows with a thin layer of rocks. It’s an interesting concept. continue reading
It was at the busiest point of our 2015 season that we took a 7-hour road trip up to Timmins, Ontario to be a part of an editorial shoot for WedLuxe Magazine. Laura from Laura & Co. had reached out to us and filled us in on the project — there was talk of foxes, falcons, and the great northern wilderness.
We were convinced before we had even finished reading the e-mail and were ready to move heaven and earth to be a part of this project.
So having just shot Andrea and Jeff’s wedding on the Saturday, we charged our batteries, backed up our cards, and packed to drive up on Monday, shoot for the next two days, and come back for Thursday to get everything ready for Crystal and Jer’s on Friday and Rachael and Navid’s on Sunday.
We left around noon on Monday, taking a small detour to Neo Coffee Bar for some good coffee and snacks. We had heard a lot about this place but honestly, it was love at first sip and is now one of our favourite coffee spots in Toronto.
It’s been a big month for us here at Outside In, having a handful of our films featured in some pretty awesome blogs and publications. Blakeny and Corey’s wedding film was just featured on Style Me Pretty in December and we’re so happy and incredibly humbled to have two projects that we worked on last year featured in WedLuxe’s Winter/Spring 2016 issue. continue reading
This is probably our favourite part of our travels across Japan — it’s also the shortest, at two days with seven hours on the train between them.
Just over halfway to Mt. Fuji, our train from Tokyo came to a halt at Ōtsuki station, a quaint little terminal with wooden accents that gave it a lodge-y (if not toy-like) feel. Guides ushered guests to their next stop and, as we bought our tickets for the next train, one of them suggested we take the Fujikyu Railway instead of any of the other options. He hinted that we would enjoy it more, and that if it was our first time in the area, it was a must. He was right. continue reading
If you follow hockey at all, you’ll probably recognize the groom in this video as Corey Perry from the Anaheim Ducks. You’d also probably know about the incredible season they just wrapped up and why we then only had a couple of weeks between the time he and Blakeny got back up to Canada and their wedding day to get to know them and put together this beautiful little same-day edit for them.
Over the past year, we e-mailed back and forth with Blakeny to get a sense of who the real Blake and Corey are; how they met, how the proposal came about, what they like to do together, etc. They finally found themselves in Toronto in December when the Ducks were facing-off against the Leafs. We took the chance to meet Blakeny over coffee and really hit it off. She told us that Corey travels so much during the season that when he’s finally off, they escape their California home and make for their cottage in Peterborough, Ontario to wind down for a few weeks.
We completely loved this idea and proposed that we tag along on one of their lazy cottage days and capture them getting a little R&R. Now the timing would be the hardest part of it all — the wedding season being such a crazy busy time of year for us and the Ducks coming closer and closer to the Stanley cup as the summer progressed. Luckily, we were able to finally nail down a date the week before their wedding and we all met at their cottage. continue reading