Left My Heart in Tokyo

by Kevin Lam

Osaka, Japan. 2010.

I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Japan, a country that I have been eager to visit for a long time.  Although I have stopped in Japan while connecting on flights throughout Asia on many occasions, I have never had the opportunity to really explore the country until now.  It is truly a surreal place that strikes a balance between modern life and rich traditions.  Despite language barriers, it was the incredibly hospitable and well-mannered Japanese people that left a lasting impression on me the most.  You couldn’t go anywhere without being greeted with a smile and eagerness to help.  I made my way through Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone, and lastly Tokyo.  It was wonderful to explore the unique character of each place.  Some of the many highlights of this trip for me were seeing geisha and maiko perform a traditional dance, soaking in an open air hot spring (onsen) near Mount Fuji, experiencing the massive crowds at the Shibuya crossing, and eating the freshest sushi straight from the Tokyo fish market.

Before things get really busy with the wedding season, I decided to plan my visit to Japan for early April to coincide with the annual hanami celebrations.  This is when Japan’s famous cherry (sakura) and plum (ume) blossoms appear all across the country.  Whenever I get the opportunity to travel I try to go with a photographic project in mind.  This time it was to document the hanami celebrations in Japan.  It was very refreshing to photograph some personal work and I am looking forward to sharing more images from my travels shortly.

Kyoto, Japan. 2010.

Kyoto, Japan. 2010.


  • Cheryl on April 15, 2010

    Can’t wait to see more from this trip Kevin!

  • Fred Lee on April 14, 2010

    Hi Kevin, Welcome back. Since I learned of your visit to Japan, can’t wait to view your photos, which will be the best thing next to an actual visit. This coming Sept probably would be our last visit to China. Japan would be the next country on our list.

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