Does it snow in Yokohama while Cherry Flowers are in full bloom?

Does it snow in Yokohama while Cherry Flowers are in full bloom?

I’m going to answer the question from the very beginning. This is a question to which most people(including me) would have answered until last weekend with a big smiling face saying a big NO. Yet, nature has its own way to spice things up from time to time. Luckily for me, I am a photographer ready to shoot at all times. I knew the fairytale will last only for a short while, so I rushed out to enjoy.

Although spring has come and Cherry Trees are in full blossom, the past weekend has brought over some parts of Japan a thin layer of watery white snow. This phenomena doesn’t usually happen in Tokyo Metropolitan Area and there are explanations why it doesn’t happen often which I’m not going to cover in this article. When the snow does fall, it will only last for a little while, exactly how it has happened this past weekend. Winter wonderland is brief but charming sight to see. Down bellow you can see a short movie recorded with my iPhone on the street I live. Later on I’ll post another video I made during a bight sunny day in Seseragi Park from Yokohama.

Snowing on the street I live in Yokohama

This time around, the snow fall caught me at home, in Yokohama. I always enjoy snow and especially snow fall, when I want to be outside and enjoy shoveling it. Or just simply be outside and enjoy watching the calmness of the snow flakes coming down from the sky.

The past Sunday (29th of March 2020), I got to enjoy this rare phenomena in Yokohama. Needless to say, I used my bare hands to clear the snow off of the flowers and off of the car, just to be able to have a little bit of winter sensation. 

Snowing in Yokohama, Tsuzuki-ku, Japan, March 2020
Snowing somewhere in Yokohama

After that I decided to take my camera and walk around my neighborhood taking a good few photos while snowing. I might actually be the only one in the whole neighborhood  to go out with an actual camera to capture and document the mood of the moment; after all, I’m the only professional photographer in know around here.

My walk has lasted for about one hour, during which time I had only seen a hand full of people and just a couple of kids playing with the snow. It is always interesting to see my neighborhood changing over the year and this past weekend managed to make me very happy.
Although maybe a sad scene for some, this was for the first time I could see Cherry flowers covered with snow. Most people aren’t that happy to see such a rare sight.

Very near my house there is a little kids park that’s usually full of children paying cheerfully. This time there were only 2 of them who managed to gather some snow and build something which looked like a snowman. Amazing how fast kids can do something only by playing.
At some point, one of my neighbors came out the house only to take a couple of photos with his phone and then he has rushed off inside the house.

Snowman in a local small park in my neighborhood in Yokohama, March 2020
Snowman in a local small park in my neighborhood in Yokohama

Wish I was in down town Tokyo this time so I could Frame more Life Stories, with more people in my photos. It’s probably not the best time around …

I know that parts of the world are now quarantined and for a while now I refrain myself traveling by public transportation for no good reason (I actually don’t travel if is not a must) and I only use my personal car, event though the Japanese government doesn’t enforce any travel restrictions. Strange times we all get to live these days due to corona virus (COVID19).

Until next time, I let you enjoy the gallery I made with the snow and Sakura photos from the tiny cosy neighborhood I live in Yokohama, not until you see another movie I made very recently in another near by park. There are some Cherry Trees too in it.


Another Park in my area, during a windy, yet sunny day

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Lifestyle and Casual Portrait Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area

Lifestyle and Casual Portrait Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area

Lifestyle Portraiture nowadays had become a photography genre by its own, in my own opinion. It’s more popular than ever in this digital era. I’m not going to impose my own opinion on this topic and is all right if there are other views. Lifestyle portraiture for me as a professional photographer (especially since I live in Tokyo) means that I am there for my clients to put up my technical skills and help composing the photos with my vision. It also means when and if needed I will give directions to be able to achieve better and consistent results, all under a positive and happy approach. Whenever I make photos, I am happy and I tend to pass along a lot of my happiness. 

Lifestyle portrait at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan
Lifestyle portrait at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

People take thousands of photographs of themselves (the ever so popular selfies) or of their family, kids, in all kinds of environments without a special occasion like it used to be in the analog era of film cameras limited to only 36 frames. Now only sky is the limit. Or the hard drives. Digital era of 21st Century, has brought us so many options to make photographs starting with smartphones, small digital cameras and ending with top notch professional cameras readily available to anyone. With all this, de demand for hiring professional photographers is more popular than ever. According to some research I have done, Japan needs a lot more professional photographers. It’s interesting how in a country that produces the most amount of cameras for a world wide market has such a need. I always thought that here photography should be at the highest level possible, with the biggest amount of photographers.

Lifestyle portrait at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan
Lifestyle portrait at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

What is the difference between lifestyle, casual and vacation photography, according to non-photographers?

In big cities like Tokyo in Japan, it is very common for a photographer to have inquires for casual vacation photography sessions from tourists coming to visit this beautiful and amazing place. Now you probably have noticed I have been using lifestyle, casual or vacation photography. I have been asking some of my friends what is the difference to them. Answers were enough so I could draw a clear line between these intertwined photography genres, at least in a sense as what general public thinks. 

According to Wikipedia, “is a kind of photography that mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.

Casual Portrait In Shiba Park, Tokyo

In big cities like Tokyo in Japan, it is very common for a photographer to have inquires for casual vacation photography sessions from tourists coming to visit this beautiful and amazing place. Now you probably have noticed I have been using lifestyle, casual or vacation photography. I have been asking some of my friends what is the difference to them. Answers were enough so I could draw a clear line between these intertwined photography genres, at least in a sense as what general public thinks. 

To some of them, lifestyle shots are tied up to the place and area where they live in the sense that they feel “at home”, in familiar places. It is not related how the photos are made, whether or not the photographer gets involved. They get prepared, carefully put on makeup, take care of all the small details.

Casual photography on the other hand (according to Wikipedia it doesn’t even exist), in the opinion of some other friends of mine, relates more to being on the household grounds. Clothing, makeup and all the rest of the possible preparations are left behind and nobody really thinks about it. Posing and composition are a matter of spontaneity and is not planned ahead. 

Lifestyle portrait at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan
Lifestyle portrait at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Vacation photography, on the other hand, according to the case study I had done, is a term to which will be referred to only in cases of travels, while visiting other places, cities or countries, such as Tokyo. In this case, people would do their own research, find a suitable photographer like myself (Cristian Bucur Photography), research places, poses, other photos published in the same place. They will know already where to go and at what time, although the latter in my opinion is hard to comply with; after all, the main goal of a vacation should be relaxation and not a tight schedule which most of the times can get delayed. In my experience, anyway.

Lifestyle photo shoot in Shiba Park

A while back I had and enquiry from a client who wanted to have some casual, lifestyle photos taken in Shiba Park, which is very near the Tokyo Tower and Zojo-ji Buddhist Temple. Actually, the temple is wrapped up by the Shiba Park. I went ahead and did my research about the park and the surrounding areas to know what to expect and be able to perform and easy going photo shoot.

Lifestyle portrait at Shiba Park, Tokyo, Japan
Lifestyle portrait at Shiba Park, with Tokyo Tower in the background, Japan

Luckily my client is a beautiful woman from Philippines who works in Japan. She wanted a very casual shoot, although she brought two outfits. The photos were meant to be send back home to showcase herself in front of the family. 

After spending a while talking and walking in the park I made a couple of portraits of her including in the background the Tokyo Tower. Perfect day to be there as the weather was perfect. There were even a few clouds which helped to filter the light to be more pleasing for portraiture.

After that we decided to head towards the Zojo-ji Temple and do there some more portraits. At this point I must say that her shyness only helped to get better photos of her: instead of going in the middle of the crowds, we went sideways under the trees where the amount of people was very little.  This is a goof tip for those who wants to make photos without the ever stepping in tourists. 😉

Lifestyle portrait at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan
Lifestyle portrait at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

The photo shoot went smooth as a walking in the park, exchanging information about how each other experience Japan. Always a pleasure to hear what others think and how they see the world around us. Everyone see and feels differently, which is good.

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Lifestyle portrait at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan
Lifestyle portrait near by Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

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