Rainy Yakushima. Where shall we go?

During our stay in Yakushima, a large typhoon approaches. All flights and ships are canceled.
Are we going to leisurely pass our time at the inn today? Even though that’s fine, it is getting a little boring.
So we go to the Yakushima Environmental and Cultural Village Center, the tourist information center in Miyanoura (a town in Yakushima) to check, and it seems like there’s one walking course at Shiratani Unsuikyo Forest (about 30 minutes from Miyanoura where you can drive up a mountain) that is still partially open.

Yakushima Heart TV

Rainy Yakushima. Where shall we go?

Producer: Hirofumi Taniguchi
Coordinator: Akiko Miwa
Videographer: Jiro Kumakura

The Yakushima Baby Sea Turtles

On the third day, at dawn, I saw three boys crouching on the beach. It was the sign that something was happening and thanks to them, I could film baby sea turtles crawling out of the ground. -Jiro Kumakura

Yakushima is largest nesting ground for sea turtles in the North Pacific. Every year, from June to August, sea turtles make their way to the island. It’s said that the baby sea turtles hatched from these eggs will grow into adults as they circle the Pacific Ocean, and they will return to these sandy beaches after 30 years.
At the local elementary school in Isso (a town in Yakushima), the children are helping with the incubation of several sea turtle eggs.

Yakushima Heart TV

The Yakushima Baby Sea Turtles

Special thanks to
Nagata Sea Turtle Liaison Council
Yakushima Umigame-Kan
Yakushima Issou Elementary School
Yoshito Kawada (ULTRAMARINE)

Producer: Hirofumi Taniguchi
Coordinator: Akiko Miwa
Videographer: Jiro Kumakura
Underwater videographer: Yoshito Kawada(ULTRAMARINE, Yakushima)
Editor: Jiro Kumakura

Grids Hotel + Hostel promo video

Grids Hotel + Hostel

Grids is a hotel and hostel that’s as bold as the city it’s located in, offering travelers an authentic, value-for-money experience in Japan that fits with their lifestyle. The core concept is hybridity — it combines hostel-level prices with hotel-level service in a functional space that blends modern graphic design with traditional Japanese flair.

Promotional video for Grids Hotel + Hostel 
Duration: 1 minute 53 seconds
Videography shot by Jiro Kumakura
Produced by GPlus Media

From Yakushima with Love

Yakushima will soon celebrate its quarter-century anniversary since it was designated a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1993. As the island becomes more well known internationally, it’s seeing an increasing number of foreign visitors. However, what is it about Yakushima that makes it so attractive? Kenichiro Mogi, the influential neuroscientist, travels the island to find out.

Kenichiro Mogi
Jennifer Lue
Lukas Gehring
John Daugherty

Narrator: Phoebe Amoroso
Videographer: Jiro Kumakura

Special thanks to
PANORAMA Restaurant
Yakushima Ohzora High School

in the Sirako mountain


When I hit my head on the shade I found there was a gecko. This morning in Issou, Yakushima. Thanks to Mikako Takada we filmed Yamao Sansei’s cottage in the Sirako mountain.

Yakushima’s Flying Fish

“Are you filming? The ocean will sway today. Please be patient until the afternoon.”

Before dawn at Yakushima’s Awa Port, the captain quietly fixes the nails. We were prepared at this stage for the 100% probability of being seasick, but we wanted to see with our very eyes how Yakushima’s famous flying fish are caught.

It was really a tough but interesting shooting!

Jiro Kumakura

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo – Momentum Travel

For the web magazine “Momentum Travel”, I visited the Tsukiji market frequently in October. The market is the largest fish market on the planet and it was very difficult to get a permission to film inside. There are many authorities that you have to ask before start the shooting. Thanks to the people of OTSURU and HISHOU, I finally managed to shoot the video. They are brilliant wholesalers in the market.
If you are planning to visit the market, I recommend you to read through an article provided by the web magazine.


A mini-documentary on Unagi (eel) shop in Tokyo

Recently I had a chance to film an eel shop in Tokyo. I ate Unaju (grilled eel on a bed of rice) many times, but I found that there were many things I did not know at all.

Please enjoy the article on momentum.travel written by Joji Sakurai, and the video taken by me and Mariel Lohninger (a first-class sound engineer based in Tokyo).

Jiro Kumakura

Visit to Seoul


In early July, I went to Seoul, Korea. A world congress of CINP (The International College of Neuropsychopharmacology) was held in the biggest conference facility called COEX Seoul.

I brought a video entitled “CINP History”, which the organization asked an european video production to produce and unexpectedly I was asked to take over the editing job.

South Korea is a neighboring country where I had never been. It was a good chance for me to visit. Sometimes it’s very difficult to make out the difference between Koran face and Japanese face. During the stay in Seoul I was often addressed by locals in their language.

Thanks to the young Korean staffs at the venue, who are very kind, the video was successfully shown to the audience at the welcoming ceremony.

Jiro Kumakura

Thanks to Hiroshima Film Commission


This afternoon I came back from Hiroshima to Tokyo. It was just a few days after that President Obama visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Yesterday I filmed a professor of Hiroshima University in the park, where after the president visit number of visitors doubled.
Two weeks ago I asked a permission to film in the park to the city office and their advice was that I should ask a support from Hiroshima Film Commission(HFC) because they could help paper works and the charge for using a part of the park would be free.
It was a simple message video filming, however I followed their advice.
Thanks to HFC, I had no problems during the shooting yesterday although there were a lot of people in the park and actually the charge was free.

Jiro Kumakura