Faces of Tokyo Series: Country Line Dancers

December 12, 2008

The only reason why I know about the country line dancing scene in Tokyo (and it’s much bigger than you might think) is because one of my longtime private students is the Queen of Country Dancing in Japan (my given title for her).  The name she uses is Lily, which suits her well.  Another longtime private student of mine, Mami, is one of the stars of the country line dancing scene.  They run CLUB HOWDY, and on this past Sunday they threw their largest dancing event of the year, the Club Howdy Christmas Party (attended by 220+ people).  They hired me to take group photos of the dancing teams and other portraits.  This was my first official photography job of my burgeoning photography career!

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Akasaka-mitsuke Doctor’s Clinic Group Lesson Students

October 8, 2008

I have a very long history with Dr. Yashido’s clinic in Akasaka-mitsuke.  He was one of my very first students when I first started my private teaching business in Tokyo back in September of 2003.  Back then I taught him and his son at their apartment, and then ate dinner with his family!  On a separate night I taught his clinic staff.  Nowadays, I teach both him and his clinic staff on the same night at the clinic.  

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Setagaya Ward Group Lesson Students

October 1, 2008

I’ve been teaching English group lesson(s) at various buildings in the Setagaya Ward Office complex since October 27, 2004, which as of the date of this post makes just one month shy of four years.  The students for these lessons have all been Setagaya Ward city employees of differing departments and seniority.  Pictured above is Shigeko, she has been in the lessons since almost the very beginning.  

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My students: Last week of March 2008

March 27, 2008


Students learning from end of March 2008 from Jason Collin on Vimeo

 

Fukiko and Megumi study at the clinic in Akasaka-mitsuke and Chiaki studies alone at Ohisama House in Eda.

 

Me and Students and Beans

March 17, 2008


Me and Students and Beans from Jason Collin on Vimeo

 

Some of my Tuesday students made organic soy bean snacks. There were tasty. I have some leftovers in jars in my fridge now.

 

My students: Week of March 3rd to 7th

March 6, 2008


A few words from some of my students from Jason Collin on Vimeo.

 

This video shows some of the students from my two group lessons in Nogata. Stories cover golf and highway traffic and organic soy beans.

And finally there is an inside peek at the clinic in Akasaka-mitsuke I’ve been teaching at for years.

Denny gets haircut at same place for 60 years!

March 1, 2008

One of my students this evening, Denny, told me about how he has gotten his hair cut at the same barber shop in his neighborhood for over 60 years!! He’s been going there since he was 4 years old. I wish I had recorded the first part of the story as well.

The original barber/owner died long ago, his son took over the business, but he is over 70 years old now! His daughter, in her 40’s, works there now as well.