A Ride on the HEP5 Ferris Wheel in Osaka, Japan

We are still sorting through the thousands of photos from our trip to Japan…. this is the first of many highlights to come.

A day or two after we arrived in Japan, we visited the HEP5 (“Hankyu Entertainment Park”) shopping mall in Osaka, which caters to seventeen-year-old girls wearing mini-skirts and knee-highs. It has a gigantic, bright red ferris wheel on top of the building. The tallest point of the wheel is about 106 meters in the air — in other words, it’s about 20 stories high. That’s high. You can see my reaction in the last picture.

The HEP5 ferris wheel in Osaka, photographed by Kyo Morishima

Inside the HEP5 shopping mall in Japan, photographed by Kyo Morishima

Looking up at the HEP5 ferris wheel in Osaka, photographed by Kyo Morishima

A view of Osaka from the HEP5 ferris wheel, photographed by Kyo Morishima

An aerial view of Osaka from the HEP5 ferris wheel, photographed by Kyo Morishima

An aerial view of Osaka from the HEP5 ferris wheel, photographed by Kyo Morishima

Passengers on the HEP5 ferris wheel, photographed by Kyo Morishima

How to Design a Gorgeous Photobook – August Workshop

how to design a gorgeous photo book workshop by janna morishima
I (Janna) will be teaching this workshop on Tuesday evening, August 14, at 7 pm, as part of the Summer House series at the Old Franklin School, sponsored by the Borough Improvement League.
In this workshop — perfect for brides, moms, artists, business owners, and anyone else who wants to showcase photographs in a professional-looking book — you will learn the whole process of creating a photo book. The presentation will cover everything from editing your pictures to designing your layout to choosing the right printer for your book.
The workshop is free of charge and there is no need to pre-register. The Old Franklin School is located at 491 Middlesex Avenue in Metuchen, a short walk from the Metuchen Train Station (NJ Transit’s NE Corridor line).
Family photo book by Kyo Morishima Photography

Kyo & Janna at Metuchen’s Junebug Arts Festival

Metuchen Junebug Arts Festival

Every Friday night in June, Main Street in Metuchen will be lined with artists, craftspeople, entertainers, musicians, and photographers for the Junebug Arts Festival. And this year is special because 1) it is the five year anniversary of the Junebug Festival and 2) there are five Fridays this June, which only happens once every 28 years.

We will be displaying our work at Junebug on three Fridays:

  • June 1st
  • June 15th
  • June 29th

Our table will be located right next to Hailey’s Pub, in front of the UPS Store (402 Main Street). We will be showing new work, including the book below.

The ABC of Kids Book by Kyo Morishima Photography

Picture of the day – Memorial Day parade in Washington DC

Family Portraits in Central Park

The azaleas were bursting into bloom when Kyo photographed this family in Central Park last month. Although it was a very cold day, they were troopers, even the little one!

Baby and family in Central Park, photographed by NYC portrait photographer Kyo Morishima

Father and baby in Central Park, photographed by NYC portrait photographer Kyo Morishima

Baby laughing in Central Park, photographed by NYC family portrait photographer Kyo Morishima

Family portrait in Central Park, photographed by NYC child photographer Kyo Morishima

Family photograph in Central Park, photographed by Kyo Morishima

Portrait of a couple in Central Park, photographed by NYC photographer Kyo Morishima

Baby in Central Park, photographed by NYC baby photographer Kyo Morishima

Family portrait in Central Park, photographed by NYC photographer Kyo Morishima

Strawberry Picking at Von Thun Farms

It’s strawberry picking season, everybody…. Why is it that fruit you picked yourself always tastes better than any other kind?

Last weekend we visited Von Thun Farms on their “Kids Day,” conveniently timed the day before Mother’s Day so you can pick up plenty of flowers and vegetable seedlings for Mom. The sun was shining, the chickens were clucking, and we picked a lot of strawberries.

The next day I baked a strawberry custard pie. The recipe is below the pictures.

A horse greets visitors at Von Thun Farms, photographed by NJ photographer Kyo Morishima

Strawberry field at Von Thun Farms, photographed by NJ photographer Kyo Morishima

Strawberry picking at Von Thun Farms, photographed by NJ photographer Kyo Morishima

Strawberries from Von Thun Farms, photographed by NJ photographer Kyo Morishima

Mothers Day flowers from Von Thun Farms, photographed by NJ photographer Kyo Morishima

Strawberry custard Pie, photographed by NJ photographer Kyo Morishima

Closeup of strawberry custard pie, photographed by NJ photographer Kyo Morishima

Strawberry Custard Pie

INGREDIENTS

1 baked pie crust

1 pint washed and dried fresh strawberries, trimmed of leaves

2 cups milk

1/3 cup sugar

5 large egg yolks

3 tbsp all-purpose flour

3 tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp confectioner’s sugar

Combine the milk and about half the sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until they are pale and form a ribbon when dropped from the beater, about 5 minutes. Sift the flour and cornstarch into the egg yolk mixture and mix gently until blended.

Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, stirring, then return to the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, whisking vigorously, for 2 minutes. Strain into a mixing bowl and mix in vanilla extract. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on the surface of the cream to prevent formation of a skin. Cool on a wire rack, then refrigerate at least one hour.

Pour cooled cream into baked pie crust. Place strawberries upside down into the cream (fit as many into the crust as possible). Sift confectioner’s sugar over top.

 

Brooklyn Botanical Garden wedding album in black silk brocade

We recently delivered this wedding album to one of the wonderful couples with whom we worked in 2011. They chose black silk brocade for the cover, which is unusual, but makes an elegant and striking package. They held their wedding at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden during cherry blossom season, so the pinks and springtime greens of the gardens really stand out inside the dark exterior binding.

Black silk wedding album exterior by Kyo Morishima Photography

Black silk wedding album exterior close-up by Kyo Morishima Photography

Black silk wedding album title page by Kyo Morishima Photography

Brooklyn Botanical Garden wedding album by Kyo Morishima Photography

Brooklyn Botanical Garden wedding album by Kyo Morishima Photography

 


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