Friday, May 08, 2009

New pics from my tea-buying trip filmed for European TV

I just uploaded some new photos from my tea-buying trip to Aso and other parts of Kyushu.

I was accompanied by a film crew who documented my trip for an episode of's documentary series "360° Geo."

(In fact, the photos I just uploaded were taken by Chris, the cameraman. You can really see his cameraman's sense of composition in these photographs.)

Manuel, the sound engineer, uses a phrase book to communicate with a local gentleman during a lull in the filming at Aso Shrine.

I wrote about my adventures as a tea-buyer/film crew member in a series of posts titled "Stringing Tea."

"Stringing," by the way, is a reference to what my job was as part of the film crew—a stringer, who is a driver, interpreter, interviewer, travel agent, luggage carrier, and all-around gofer all rolled into one.

It was a tough gig, but as someone said, it's a long way to the top if you want to rock 'n' roll.

A Shinto priest at Aso Shrine blesses a young family's new car.

—Mellow Monk

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