Atsuko & Kenta’s Everyday-Fun-and-Play Engagement in Tsukuba, Japan
Today I’m delighted to share with you our first Japan-based feature. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you already know that I’m quite the fan of Japanese pop culture — from anime to Shibuya-kei and of course Japanese cuisine. My dad & brother lived in Kyoto and Tsukuba Science City for years so I spent many summers there — Tsukuba especially where this super fun and high-energy engagement session took place!
How cute are these two?? We have Yuji Katagiri of Giri Photo Works to thank for the gorgeous photos you see on this page. Thankfully Giri-san and I were able to bridge the language barrier with a little help from my younger brother (who attended middle school in Tsukuba and speaks Nihongo like a native speaker, how convenient for me. 😉 ) Giri-san shares:
The engagement photos I take aren’t as sweet & romantic as the ones from other parts of the world. This is because the Japanese in general are very reserved and shy — we rarely hug or kiss in public. This is why I didn’t restrict myself to the Western mode of taking engagement photos and instead pursued a style that caters more to the Japanese taste. As a result, I focused on the the theme of “everyday”. I do regard the wedding day as special but I would like for people to remember the couple as how they were as lovers even when they grow old. That’s why most of the pictures I take are set in the parks where the couples first met or somewhere near their homes. This particular engagement session is one example of my everyday engagement photo series.
I love the insight Giri-san gave us into their culture as well as his thoughtful approach to chronicling a couple’s love story through their e-session. Let’s now see the lovable Atsuko and Kenta frolic around the parks in Tsukuba Center.
Loving how fun this shoot is? Lucky for us, the love birds also shared their story. Atsuko and Kenta met through a common friend sometime ago. Kenta immediately fell for her looks and sassiness and obviously Atsuko grew to love him back. They’re enjoying their life together and have recently moved from Mito to Kanagawa prefecture where they now reside.
These photos in Chuo Park bring back so many memories as my dad used to live around five minutes away from it!
Side note: That looming object in the background is a life-size model of an H-II-type rocket that was built for the International Science Expo in 1985. The Expo Center is a must-visit if you happen to find yourself in the city!
I just LOVE how energetic this cute pair is!
Doumo arigatou gozaimasu, Giri-san! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us, and congratulations on your engagement, Atsuko and Kenta! 🙂
Photography: Yuji Katagiri of Giri Photo Works
Locations: Tsukuba Doho Park, Tsukuba Expo Center, and the area around Creo Square (Tsukuba City, Ibaraki, Japan)