I fly out to Japan in less than 48 hours. You may have noticed a lack of blogging in the last 5/6 days, thats due to my preparations for Japan. I have been frantically trying to make sure I have all my lists and image ideas ready to go so I only have to take my final piece, not research aswel.
I bought 10 rolls of film ready to take with me, however I had not thought about the airport scanners. Paul Smith had told me about an incident where his film was corrupted by the airport scanners and turned a milky white colour.My way of getting round this was to get the film developed in Tokyo, as I would need to know wether I should reshoot anyway. But I did not think about the film on the way there. I have read up online and even some hand luggage scanners can compromise film. So I am now going to buying my film in Japan too, I have been assured it will be relatively cheap and not too hard to find. It’s a risk but it would be even more of a risk to shoot on film which has been through an industrial airport scanner.
I have always been an over preparer. I like to know I can relax and my note book/ diary thinks about all my jobs for me. Japan is no exception. I have made a book with travel details, places to eat, phrases in Japanese and spaces fro writing. In this book I also have a whole section for my final pieces, including image check list, shopping list and a separate page for each of my characters “looks” so if I have an idea or find the perfect location but don’t have costume in hand I can write it down and come back to it later. This book is key to my final pieces and making sure I achieve everything whilst in Japan.
Books to read
As well as having my travel book I am taking fiction books with me to read, all books which influence my final pieces but I can enjoy whilst travelling. Idoru in particular is about a virtual Japanese pop star, many think it influenced Hatsune Miku one of the stars I am looking at in my final research. As usual I will be tweeting my book notes.
I previously did a post on inspirational images and have been using pintrest to keep a mood board of location ideas and influences. I have saved the images onto my phone in order to have access to the images at all times for reference whilst walking around Tokyo.
One thing I will be conscious about is continuously blogging, if I find the perfect dress or the right location I will be constantly blogging from my phone. I am not taking a laptop but I have been assured Japan has loads of wifi points at the hotel has a decent internet connection.