Hello. My name is JIRO KUMAKURA. I’m a Tokyo-based bilingual videographer. In this blog, I write about some tips or useful information for those who are planning to film in Japan. If you are interested in my works, please visit jirokumakura.com
The Japanese government has lifted coronavirus state of emergency in 39 prefectures. Hokkaido, Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama, as well as Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto are still remaining under that state. As the number of infected people is steadily decreasing, restaurants and cafes are reopening in the capital city of Tokyo.
Local videographers, sound mixers and photographers are available in locations and studios. There are no restrictions on moving around by public transportation. However, wearing face masks are strongly recommended. Video equipment shops and rental shops are open daily at shorter business hours.
Recently I was asked how much it would cost if a crew moves from Tokyo to Kyoto using Shinkansen. So I checked.
<Travel> One way ticket from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station costs 13,850 JPY (116 EUR). So, if you go to Kyoto and then return to Tokyo, tickets cost 27,700 JPY (232 EUR). If you ride in the Green Car (First class), you have to add about 5,000 JPY (42 EUR) each.
<Hotel> Generally, a reasonable hotel (less luxury but neat&convenient) in Kyoto costs about 10,000 JPY (84 EUR). However, the rate changes at seasons. In Kyoto, in the cherry‐blossom season or autumn colour season, it soars to more than double. I recommend you to book as earlier as possible.
Yusuke Tanaka is a reliable engineer for live streaming events in Japan. This morning, thanks to him, we smoothly checked the internet connection at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tokyo, where our client is going to hold a concert in March. We will film the concert and live stream the event via YouTube Live.
I have been working with Yusuke for a long time. He always helps us with his wide knowledge about new technologies. If you are looking for a technician for live streaming, I highly recommend him.
Since I am working by myself, sometimes I just can’t make. In those cases I highly recommend these professional videographers based in Tokyo:
Adrià GINGER http://adriaginger.com/en/ Although he looks a bit like a punk, he does great jobs and his attitude at work is quite sincere that I’m sure!
Andrew JONES http://aj-productions.jp/ He’s been living in Japan many years. He speaks fluent Japanese. Sometime I learn Japanese from him! He does great jobs and is very reliable at location shootings.
Mikael SENNINGE http://www.mikaelsenninge.com/ Mikael was working in the film industry in France before he came to Japan and is very good at lighting as well as camera operating. He is very easy to communicate with.
Sometimes people ask me to shoot with Canon C300mk2 or SONY FS7m2 for their interviews or documentary shootings. I have my own C300mk2 but often I need one more to film interviews with two cameras. Then I ask local agencies that rent those professional equipment.
Generally, a Canon C300mk2 costs between 15,000 JPY to 23,000 JPY (about 140 USD to 210 USD) per day, while a SONY FS7m2 costs 12,000 JPY to 16,000 JPY (about 110 USD to 150 USD) per day in Tokyo (as of February 2020).
Since my friend videographer, Adrià Ginger, told me about the Toyo Rental several years ago, I have been renting many equipment from them. They provide latest models at resonable prices. Toyo Rental https://www.toyo-rental.co.jp/ (Japanese language web site)
SHIBUYA SKY is an observation area rising 229 m above Shibuya, opened in November 2019. You can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Tokyo.
Maryam Al-Homaid(@maryamhome), a talented graphic artist from Qatar, was producing her personal film in Tokyo. In the early morning of late December, we went to the top of the Shibuya Scramble Square building, a new landmark in the city.
You can take personal photographs or videos at the observatory deck with your smart phone. However, due to security reason, you have to have a strap on your DSLR or mirrorless camera. For detail visit: Shibuya SKY. And please enjoy the video we shot!
JIRO KUMAKURA is a bilingual videographer based in Tokyo. Visit jirokumakura.com
Randiah Camille Green is a writer living in Tokyo, and enthusiast for offbeat travel and spooky things. Thanks to The Hidden Japan, I had a chance to film Randiah trying Yamabushi mountain monk experience in Dewa Sanzan, the oldest site of mountain worship in Japan.