"Yadorigi: A Village in Portraits" is a short documentary about some bohemian characters in a small village in Japan.
I was introduced to the village around May 2010, by friends from Tokyo who had been welcomed into the community. I met Tanakasan (The Junk Collector) when I was first taken round the village, where I also learned about the many other interesting characters living there.
Circumstances seemed to conspire toward me shooting this project and, as a British/Japanese who has lived all my life in England and being disappointed at the way Japan was represented through stereotypes in the west (Samurai's, Salary-men and Schoolgirls), there was a strong motivation to show people this overlooked aspect of Japanese life.
The full version is 28:57, and is currently being entered into festivals worldwide. Based on the feedback for this project, there will be the possibility returning to the village a fleshing out the bigger themes, as well as documenting other interesting villagers (An architect who left Tokyo to open a cafe in the village, the motorcycle mad baker, a disillusioned teenager dreaming of city life, and more!)
The entire project was shot on a busted up t2i/550d and zoom h4n, on a shoestring. Watch some outtakes and sample footage here:
More information about the project is available on the facebook page:
It's always excruciatingly embarrassing to hawk your work online like this, so please support this project by spreading the word and "liking" the facebook page.
Music by Amiina (rights paid for). Please check them out at amiina.com/
The official trailer is here: vimeo.com/41923027 , please check it out if you get a chance