May 21
New pictures
posted by: Assistant in Latest News on 05 21st, 2013 | | 1 Comment »

It’s been, er………. wow, time for sure flies!
Sorry for my tardiness, but I have a good excuse. Between then and now, I quit my real job (FYI, being Florence’s assistant is not my real job), became a permanent resident of Canada, got a new job, packed up and left the U.S., moved to Canada, and started a new job. That’s in addition to things happened with my family back in Japan. See? Am I forgiven? 😛

Anyway, while I was doing all of that, Florence was traveling and shooting more pictures. I have finally got around to add more pictures to her main website. I also updated the gallery software, so now we can view her pictures with our mobile devices including those without Flash installed!!!

Unfortunately, there is still one problem. The pictures that Florence publishes on her website are very small. If you try to view them with your iPad, for example, those pictures get automatically stretched to fit to the screen size. So if you notice the photos are blurred, please know that it’s NOT because Florence’s photos are out of focus. It’s simply because the pictures on the website are small and that you are viewing the stretched version of them. This wouldn’t happen if you view the pictures with Flash installed mobile devices or computers.

Also, Florence’s new pictures are only viewable in her English site. It will take some more time for the French site to be updated. Please be patient.

On the side note, Florence finally got an iPhone, which means she has no excuse for not writing this blog. Everyone who knows her, please tell her to write her own blog!

Sep 12
Nantes Opening
posted by: Assistant in Latest News on 09 12th, 2010 | | 3 Comments »

Opening for Florence’s Nantes exhibition along with two other exhibitions has just been held this Friday evening at Cosmopolis.  And Florence’s exhibition made it to the next day’s newspaper, Presse Océan. Yeah!

Florence is talking to the Mayor of Nantes, Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault.  And next to the Mayor is Mr. Korehito Masuda from Japan Embassy to France.

Look at this crowd!  I would say several hundreds people came.  Then the next day, Saturday alone, there were over 150 visitors for the exhibitions.  Wow!!!

I wish I understood French because people were making lots of comments while going through each one of her pictures and I would have liked to eavesdrop those comments 😉

Well, there are many “stories” about this Nantes exhibition (as always), but for now I wanted to quickly report the huge crowd that Florence had at the opening.  I’ll write about those stories later.  All I can say for right now is that I’ve been in Nantes for 4 days and today (the 4th day) was the first day that I did not sweat…

Stay tuned for more stories!

Sep 8
Veiled Woman
posted by: Assistant in Japan on 09 8th, 2010 | | 8 Comments »

Opening of Florence’s Nantes exhibition is this Friday!!!

Both Florence and I are very excited.

This is one of the new pictures that will be exhibited there.  Yes, Florence said okay to the sneak preview 😉   I don’t have time to write right now, but will tell you more about this picture at another time.

Aug 9

Here you go, my BIG announcement!

Florence and her pictures will go to Nantes, France!!!

I knew of Nantes for the famous Edict of Nantes and Battle of Nantes from my history class, but didn’t know it is now a city of Art and Culture.  I heard many artists are moving there or want to move there.  For those of us who are not familiar with France, Nantes is only 2 hours from Paris by TGV.

So to make a long story short, this city of Nantes is going to have a big event about Japan from the end of August to the end of October.  The name of the event is “Itinéraires Nantes Japon.”  There will be lots of different shows, movies, lectures, performances, demonstrations, etc.  Also Nantes is a sister city to Niigata (northern very snowy part of Japan), and people from Niigata will participate in the special program.

The city’s official website is here.

You can click on the image below and download the official program (pdf file).

Back to Florence’s exhibition —

As you can see in the program, Florence’s exhibition is listed first 🙂  That’s a good sign, right?  Okay, are you ready?  Her exhibition will be at the main event site, Cosmopolis, and 50 Japan pictures will be shown there.  Yes, you read it right.  Fifty pictures, 5-0!!!  Not only that, some of them will be in large and larger sizes!!!!! (If you are curious about where those 50 pictures will be hung, go click “READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY” below.)

This is certainly the biggest exhibition ever.  And guess what.  Some of the pictures are brand new, fresh from the Japan trip that Florence and I did a few weeks ago!

By the way, I will never ever go back to Japan in the summer time.  It was like being in sauna all day (and night) long.  You would sweat just standing there.  It was even hard to breath at first because of the heavy humid air.  I just admire Florence so much for having carried her camera gears in that condition and actually shot great pictures.  If Florence okays, I’ll post one of the pictures here as a sneak preview before the exhibition.

With a room for 50 pictures, you would think it’s easy to select.  Well, it was not.  There were lots of other pictures that we wanted to show, but we had to drop them from the selection, unfortunately.  Neither Florence nor I like the picture selection process.  We have our favorites, but cannot choose all of them.  So often times we would end up getting into a heated discussion, if you know what I mean…

So here are Florence’s Nantes exhibition details:

Title: Japon – un pays, deux mondes

Date: du vendredi 10 septembre au dimanche 10 octobre

Place: Espace Cosmopolis 18, rue Scribe, 44000 Nantes

Opening: Vendredi 10 septembre 2010 à 18h30 (Inauguration)


Please everyone, come to Florence’s biggest showing ever!!!


Aug 9
Dream Lines
posted by: Assistant in Architecture on 08 9th, 2010 | | 4 Comments »

Ahhhhh… I’m so behind 🙁

I need to make a big announcement, but really wanted to show this picture. So here it is!

Florence shot this photo in December of 2009.  It was in Los Angeles.  She was fascinated by this gigantic piece of art, Walt Disney Concert Hall, by architect Frank Gehry and (of course) spent hours there.

By the way, I think I deserve some credit for this picture because I was the one who spotted this school bus and told Florence to take a picture like that.  I mean, yeah, I said to shoot it like that, but not like THAT!  Wow, what a picture!!!

Aug 9
In a newspaper (2)
posted by: Assistant in Latest News on 08 9th, 2010 | | No Comments »

Florence appeared in a newspaper again!  Well, but it was some time ago, in January, to be exact.  The paper was La Dépêche du Midi.

Please someone translate this for me…

If you want to see the article in a larger size, click on the image. You’ll be able to view the actual article in pdf.

Jun 18
Orchestra Photo
posted by: Assistant in Latest News, Uncategorized on 06 18th, 2010 | | No Comments »


ADT 3rd CoverAfter featuring Florence pictures in their first two issues, the ADT magazine published another one in their 3rd issue. She did the shooting with some members of the orchestra at the Toulouse museum. Clefs de Saint-Pierre celebrates their 10th anniversary with the Capitole National Orchestra of Toulouse. We wish them bigger & stronger coming years like this elephant.

Jun 17
Collective Exhibition about Japan No.2
posted by: Assistant in Japan, Latest News on 06 17th, 2010 | | 1 Comment »

Espace Japon 2010

Sorry, I have not been able to update this blog for a long time, but Florence has been really active in her work and got some very exciting news. I’ll catch up soon and let you know about all those excitements, but right now I need to make a quick announement.

Florence’s work on “unusual Japan” will be shown in Paris as a part of collective exhibition. There will be 3 other artists along with her showing Japan from very different perspectives using different approaches.
Here are details of the collective exhibition:

Title: Exposition Collective Autour du Japon – No 2 (Le Japon insolite)

Date: du 16 juin au 7 juillet

Place: Espace Japon 12 rue de Nancy, 75010 Paris

Opening: Vendredi 18 juin 2010 à partir de 18h


So the opening is TODAY and both Florence & I will be there. Please come to say hi to us!

Jan 3
Bubbles I
posted by: Assistant in Abstract on 01 3rd, 2010 | | 1 Comment »


Happy New Year!

This year’s first photo is this one – Bubbles I.  There are some more Bubbles pictures, but I love this one the most.  This photo takes me to a fantasy world.  A dream — that’s what keeps us going.  That’s what keeps Florence moving forward, even at the most difficult times.  She has a dream.  I have a dream.

What is your dream?

Dec 23
Happy Holidays!
posted by: Assistant in Uncategorized on 12 23rd, 2009 | | 2 Comments »

eiffel tower

On behalf of Florence, who is currently on a plane, I would like to thank everyone who supported her photography work this year.  It was a very good year for her, and we hope the year of 2010 will be even better and more exciting 😉

By the way, this picture is, needless to say, the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Florence has again captured the perfect moment, hasn’t she?

We wish you very happy holidays!!!

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