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 Arte.tv'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.