This is where I come in. I live here, speak Japanese and know many people in the surrounding area who would be good to interview, as well as places tourists would want to explore. My ultimate goal is to establish a YouTube Channel to share the many things that Tohoku has to offer and include links and maps to make it easy to visit the places I share.
I also plan on including fun tidbits/factoids along the way. I’ll include some interesting uses of the Japanese language and even some special local dialects. As you come with me to local restaurants, learn what to say and how to order items.
There are many events and services that are not well known. For example, Kokeshi are traditional wooden Japanese dolls that Tohoku is famous for. Did you know there is a place in Tohoku where you can make and paint your own? Certain temples have seasonal events that Japanese people travel hundreds of miles/kilometers just to see, but foreign visitors don’t know about.
Help send me on this journey and together we will learn about the history and local lore regarding:
Hotels (Traditional and Modern)
Restaurants (Traditional and Modern)
Local Businesses (Seasonal fruit from local Farmers)
Grocery Stores / Farmer's Markets
Events i.e.(Oyster Fair)
How to: Use local trains Ask for items on a menu Get directions to rural locations Plan the cost of Travel Fares, Entry Fees, Food, Lodging, Events
Additional: Cultural aspects of Japanese life
Things your generous donations will go towards: (Bold is what our base goal will cover)
Above Average Digital Camera (Like the Canon Rebel T5i)
w/ Accessories (lenses, sd cards, viewfinder, extra batteries, lens cleaner, etc.)
Above Average Audio Recorder (x2)
Lapel Mic (x2)
External SSD for storage
Music License Purchasing
Enterance Fee Money (Most Temples cost between the equivalent of $5-$10 per person)
Gas Money to travel to inaccessable locations i.e. (Cat Island in Miyagi called Tashirojima)
Risks and challenges
Right now we only have a two man team for the project, so released videos may be limited to once a month.
Due to work and scheduling, our days off are usually the same as everyone else in Japan, so we may be shooting in crowded places as well as restaurants.
Right now we are just hoping to get the proper equipment. That way we can offer a much better quality than just using our phone cameras.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)