Konnichiwa from Manila Japanese School


Have you ever gone into a foreign school where you can’t understand anyone and yet you shoot everyone else with your analogue camera like a big tourist? I have! Take a look at my film photographs which were taken at Manila Japanese School. じゃ、また!

the Shimizu brothers

Two of my half-Filipino half-Japanese nephews, Haruki and Ryu, used to study in Manila Japanese School. And because they’re only almost a year old apart from each other, they both belong in the same grade. Haruki and Ryu were players of their school’s soccer team. And so during one of their soccer games, Neil and I accompanied them. And of course, we brought our ammunitions with us!

Manila Japanese School is located in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and its neighboring schools are British School Manila and International School Manila. Japanese culture has always fascinated me and so being able to capture stills from a Japanese institution right here in Manila was really something — at least for me. Don’t get me wrong, MJS’ premises are really snap-worthy! Plus, being surrounded by people speaking Nihonggo was music to my ears!

Here are the film photographs that I took around Manila Japanese School:

shots from my Vivitar UWS
shots from Kubrick, my Superheadz Blackbird Fly TLR
shots from Pancho, my Nikon FM10

Currently, though, Haruki and Ryu are already studying in Japan. I miss them both so much and my sister’s whole family, too. One day, I shall go to Japan and shoot around their schools there as well!

Sore de wa, sayonara! ~ Erin

written by basterda on 2010-07-01 #places #location #manila-japanese-school-fort-bonifacio-taguig-philippines


  1. floriansimon
    floriansimon ·

    日本語 = ♫

  2. basterda
    basterda ·

    ^^Nihongo is music! You're right @floriansimon! :)

  3. kazarareta
    kazarareta ·

    面白い! didn't know there was a Japanese school here.

  4. basterda
    basterda ·

    @kazarareta, 面白い desu ne! ^_^ Yup, there is! Their festivals are fun too!

  5. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·


  6. honeytrees
    honeytrees ·

    The TLR shots are awesome!

  7. basterda
    basterda ·

    Hey @eva_eva, thank you! @honeytrees, thanks, not bad for the first time I used my TLR camera, no? :)

  8. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    omg, the blackbird shots are the sickness. nice article!

  9. basterda
    basterda ·

    Hey @strangelilgirl, thank you! :)

  10. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Original article !!
    Great shots!!

  11. sunriseonthebeat
    sunriseonthebeat ·

    I randomly came across this article why googling other things. Great shots. And I didn't know there was a Japanese school in Manila. Kinda cool. XD

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