We have a rather unusual approach today to a travel post, we are going to share pictures of us taken by Japanese locals during our trip to Japan this last autumn. But the twist is, that none of the pictures shared in here were actually requested by us, but quite the contrary, were offered by the kind people whom we stumbled upon.
I think Japan is the only place in the world we have visited where people have asked us directly if they could take a picture of us, neither with their camera nor with them, but with our own camera as a gift to us to keep that travel momentum. It just shows how thoughtful they are.
I should mention also that the framing of each shot was also completely up to the impromptu photographer, as we never requested anything, it just made more sense to not direct and have really unexpected photos.
At Disneysea. Much better to have on focus what is really important here: The tower of terror! hahaha! :)
Mermaid Lagoon at Disneysea, swoon! I really like having this picture.
And although it was going to be a complete color madness, of course! we would love to have a picture inside the mermaid lagoon on this balcony :)
This was in Kamakura, and it must count double, as the picture was taken by the third member of the Japanese group. They thought we would like to have a picture with them to remember. Well, they were actually right, we love to have it! Oh! and the first picture in this post, was also taken in Kamakura by a Japanese student, she made such a perfect portrait picture, right? It is my favorite.
At Hakone a Japanese girl told us why we were not taking a picture with both of us in a more typical fashion and offered, we couldn’t say no!
The thing is, we are profoundly grateful but every time we’ve felt sorry for them too, because our camera is not that easy to use when you are not familiar with it. Partially, because a dslr is not as straightforward as a smartphone camera, and also because we changed the focus button to another one different from the shutter, so extra steps to learn and to explain with our poor-to-nothing Japanese.
At the second picture we had a system, that worked quite good, and it was something like configuring quickly & telling “1 here, 2 here” and that worked!… well, most of the times at least. We also changed to the smartphone, but sometimes we could sense that they found it strange or we feared that they thought we lacked trust.
Back on the hotel, the consierge found us walking around and proposed to take a picture for us to keep the memory of the hotel forever. Thanks Takuminoyado!
This has to be the weirdest proposal, a Japanese elderly was also waiting for his takoyaki at this stand when he suddendly thought we should have a picture taken here. We knew the faces were going to be completely black, but what would be the point of not taking it, ha!
On our hotel in Kyoto we were warmly greeted by the staff because they remembered us from our honeymoon (they are the cutest!) and after offering sodas & refreshment they also proposed this picture. I love it so much! I call it honeymoon part 2 ;)
This picture has a funny story behind. We were taking pictures around this area, and started looking at this married couple taking their wedding pictures when the official photographer & the father of the bride asked us if we would mind taking a couple of pictures with the couple for their album, what a honor! When we finished, the father of the bride himself, offered to take a picture with our phone to also have a memory of them.
Our counter neighbor, at Midori Sushi in Tokyo, thought we should always remember this amazing sushi, so true!
Two foreign adults that excited to enter into a café? Of course they had to take a picture of us :)
And finally, this is not taken by a Japanese local, but a darling American living in Japan. Having Kitsune-kun taking a picture of us was definitely the sweetest.
Not the best pictures of the trip? no matter at all because we have ended having very fun, carefree shots… and amazing memories, thanks Japan!
Do you also happen to have almost 0 pictures of yourself or with your travelling partner? I would love to hear your photo experiences when travelling! I am super shy and never thought about proposing to take pictures to visitors in Barcelona, but definitely I’m now thinking twice.