Category Archives: Family/Kids/Maternity

七五三 Shichi-Go-San(3rd year old celebration)

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‘Shichi-Go-San’ is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three and seven-year-old girls and three and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children.

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I was so lucky to partake in my niece’s 3rd birthday celebration (7-5-3) together in Tokyo. Even though I was in Japan for only one day, on the way to New York from Australia, my super sister organised this event perfectly. I love this little girl so much so it was great to cerebrate together.

オーストラリアからニューヨークへ向かう途中、姪っ子美波の七五三に参加できたらと、無理を言い一泊だけ東京に立ち寄った。もともと子供好きな私だが、特に美波には目がない。いつもスカイプだけでしか会えない彼女に久々に会え、この上なく幸せであった。

家族との時間は、外国に住んでいるとなかなか簡単には作れないものだが、だからこそ毎回会える時に最高の時間を作ることが大事だとつくづく思った。

Hiromi, Eric & Kaede 5 months

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I’ve known Hiromi & Eric since I came to Melbourne. Our common friend Matsu, the owner of URA shop, used to organise a dinner with his friends around full-moon period. I met so many lovely people there, including Hiromi & Eric.

As I’m moving to New York, I was very happy that my last job was photographing one of my old Melbourne friends.

Big thank you, Hiromi & Eric xx

Erika 11 months

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I’m very honoured to photograph this beautiful family. Erika, their sweet daughter, will be one year old very soon. The mother told me how quickly time has passed and how much she has grown up already. Time is really precious. Parents can’t miss any moments. :)

Raising a child is probably the most gratifying job any of us will ever have. In the modern days we live now, having children is largely a choice. I won’t say that only parenting makes people happy, but over the last few years, looking at people with new children, parenthood is definitely associated with happiness and meaning.

Tomoko

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妊娠している女性がこんなにきれいだと今まで気づかなかった。 守らなければいけない人がいるということは、人をこんなにも強く美しくするんだな。

I never noticed that pregnant woman can be so beautiful. The fact that she now has someone to protect gives her more strength and beauty.

P.S This maternity photo shooting meant a lot for me. Thanks, Tomoko!