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Help me document my first year living in Japan on a Polaroid photo-diary and receive an original of your choice in exchange!
A diary of instant photos taken during my first year living in Japan. One polaroid a day, for 365 days. Backers of this project can choose their favourite photo to receive in the mail with a special thank you note.
A diary of instant photos taken during my first year living in Japan. One polaroid a day, for 365 days. Backers of this project can choose their favourite photo to receive in the mail with a special thank you note.
80 backers pledged £1,685 to help bring this project to life.

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Help me document my first year living in Japan on a Polaroid photo-diary and receive an original of your choice in exchange!

A Polaroid Diary from Japan

£1,685

80

One Polaroid a day, for 365 days

The first time I visited Japan I made a diary named “15 Days in Japan”. To date, it has been visited 90,000 times. A lot of people reached out to ask questions and to say how much they loved seeing the real, unfiltered, side of a first-time traveller in Japan.

Now, two years later, I am moving permanently to Tokyo and I want to document every single day of my first year living in Japan. For each of the first 365 days I plan to take a single Polaroid photo, describe the events of that day and the story behind that photo, and post it online for everyone to see. The posts on this online diary will be about the places I go, the people I meet, the things I do or the things that happen to me.

See some of my previous photos below.

View from a bar in a residential tower in Roppongi. Fujifilm X100, Tokyo 2013
View from a bar in a residential tower in Roppongi. Fujifilm X100, Tokyo 2013
Robot in the Robot Restaurant. Fujifilm X100, Tokyo 2013
Robot in the Robot Restaurant. Fujifilm X100, Tokyo 2013
Purifying incense smoke in front of a Shinto shrine in the Nijō-ji. Fujifilm X100, Kyoto 2013
Purifying incense smoke in front of a Shinto shrine in the Nijō-ji. Fujifilm X100, Kyoto 2013
Sweets in a stall inside Nijō-ji. Fujifilm X100, Kyoto 2013
Sweets in a stall inside Nijō-ji. Fujifilm X100, Kyoto 2013
Ticket inspector in the Tokyo to Shin-Osaka Shinkansen. Fujifilm X100, Nagoya 2013
Ticket inspector in the Tokyo to Shin-Osaka Shinkansen. Fujifilm X100, Nagoya 2013
Poster inside a Manga shop in Akihabara. Fujifilm X100, Tokyo, 2013
Poster inside a Manga shop in Akihabara. Fujifilm X100, Tokyo, 2013

Camera and film to be used

For this project I will use a Fujifilm Instax 300 Wide. I picked this camera for its good reviews, reasonable price and because I'm a long time Fujifilm user.  I also wanted to choose a camera that uses wide polaroid film and the Instax 300 wide uses film that is 86 by 108mm—a very large film size.

Fijifilm Instax Wide 300
Fijifilm Instax Wide 300

Stretch Goal: £1,600

If we reach £1,600 in funding I will send every single one of you an unpublished polaroid for each one you’re already entitled to. These polaroids will be shots that did not make it to the website. See them as the B-sides of my polaroid diary. I will be the one choosing which unpublished polaroid shot you receive and I will write the whole story behind it just for you to read.

Pledgers of £12 or more will receive one unpublished surprise polaroid. Pledgers of £48 or more will receive four unpublished surprise polaroids, one for each season. Pledgers of £120 or more will receive four unpublished surprise polaroids, one for each season, and two unpublished polaroids taken during our time out. Pledgers of £145 or more will receive four unpublished surprise polaroids, one for each season. These rewards are on top of the already existing rewards.

How you can choose your Polaroid

I will build a web page for backers of this kickstarter to pick the photo they want. The first person to pick a photo gets it. You just need to go to the web page, see the available photos, pick your favourite, enter your email and I will match that email with your Kickstarter profile email in order to arrange the delivery.

Why this project costs £600

At the time I am writing this, the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 costs £99.88 on Amazon and comes with 10 films. In order to take 365 photos I will need buy 18 packs of 20 polaroid films that in total cost £250.20. I will also probably need a scanner to scan the photos as I won't have one with me when I move to Japan. Scanners cost between £40 and £50. On top of this, I will spend about £2 on each photo with shipping and packaging, as well as a few hours building the website for people to see the diary as well as the web page for backers of this Kickstarter to pick their photos.

Risks and challenges

In case I become ill or leave Japan, the project will resume once I return. This is about the first 365 days living in Japan. There is a chance of a flood, fire or natural disaster destroying some the Polaroids. I will be diligent to post them online as quickly as possible and mail them to the backers as soon as requested.

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    Pledge £12 or more About $19

    ✦ A Polaroid ✦

    I will send you an original Polaroid photo of your choice from this project along with a hand-written thank you note and I will add your name to the Thank You page.

    You can choose the polaroid from the website for this project that I will create. As soon as I post a polaroid online you can claim it as yours, the first one to claim it gets it. Posting included.

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    Pledge £48 or more About $75

    ✦ 4 Polaroids: One each season ✦

    I will send you 4 original Polaroids of your choice from this project for each season of the year. You can pick one between 28th September 2015 and 31st December 2015, one between 1st January 2016 and 31st March 2016, one between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, and another one between 1st July 2016 and 26th September 2016. Each polaroid will be mailed along with a hand-written thank you note and I will add your name to the Thank You page.

    You can choose the polaroid from the website for this project that I will create. As soon as I post a polaroid online you can claim it as yours, the first one to claim it gets it. Posting included.

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    Pledge £120 or more About $187

    ✦ A Polaroid with me ✦

    This is only for people based in Tokyo. I will meet up with you and we can go out, talk about photography or many other topics, get coffee, lunch, dinner, a drink or karaoke. I will make 3 hours available for you and we will take a photo together to post online.

    This reward includes the cost of food, drink, and entrance fees. It includes the original polaroid photo taken that day along with a thank you note and your name on the Thank You page. Posting included.

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    Pledge £145 or more About $227

    ✦ The Camera ✦

    I will offer you the Fujifim Instax 300 used for this project. It will come with one Polaroid photo of my choice along with an original Polaroid photo of your choice. This reward also includes a hand-written thank you note and I will add your name to the top of the Thank You page.

    You can choose the polaroid from the website for this project that I will create. As soon as I post a polaroid online you can claim it as yours, the first one to claim it gets it. Shipping Included.

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Funding period

- (21 days)