The term business trip says it all. Simply put, it is a trip you take to work., not "work it." Before arriving at Chitose airport outside of Sapporo, I wondered, "Do I check the business or the pleasure box?" I left a little check in the business square but began to contemplate, "What constitutes business? What defines pleasure. Are they mutually exclusive?"
Japan has always remained a mystery to me. Though it was the second time touching down in the island nation, I still felt as though I had never been there. I knew that this brief trip across the sea from Korea was not going to yield an understanding of Japanese history. It was not going to offer a glimpse into the modern Japanese psyche. It would simply be an opportunity to get some work done, take some photographs and glance over Sapporo.
After a day of meetings, I was eager to get into the bustle, devour some of Hokkaido's best soup curry and take a look around. It was nearly dark and my colleague Christy and I were both tired. But, I didn't lug the Canon gear across the Sea of Japan for not. Moments after my camera came out, Christy turned in.
Once alone, I decided to do what any other photographer would have done... For the next sixteen hours, I got click sick, doing all that I could to creep into that snap happy bliss that most photographers know all too well.. For most of the evening and into the morning, I limited myself to four square blocks, shooting anything and everything.
Leaving Japan, I had a feeling similar to when I arrived. A few blocks and the road to the airport won't cut it. Four square blocks is nothing. I still can't claim to have seen Japan. However, I am now certain that no business trip can be simply that.
Who Is Andrew Faulk?
With over a decade of experience in living and working in Asia, Tokyo photographer Andrew Faulk specializes in portrait, editorial, event, and commercial photography assignments. He works with individuals, families, publications, and corporations to create timeless images under any deadline. His work is frequently featured in a variety of international travel and lifestyle publications. He is a husband, father, and lover of fried food. Get in touch with Andy today to discuss your photography needs in Tokyo, throughout Japan, or beyond.