On July 7th 2018 I had the pleasure of attending and photographing Kukkia’s 10th Anniversary Party which was held in Osaka, Japan.
On July 7th 2018 I had the pleasure of attending and photographing Kukkia’s 10th Anniversary Party which was held in Osaka, Japan. The venue was decorated all in white and the guests all arrived wearing white to celebrate 10 exciting years for this small but ambitious company in Osaka. I met the creative director Kaz Shiomi in 2015 and since then have been photographing Kukkia’s branding visuals at my studio Sheen House in London as well as in Japan. Images from our shoots have been published in international magazines such as Milk Magazine, Doolittle Magazine as well as Papier Mache Magazine. And can also be seen on their new website. Wishing Kaz and her team all the success for the future and hope that they can keep making children smile with their eco-friendly toys, regardless of nationality or location! It’s more important than ever to encourage children to turn away from plastic and use sustainable toys.
Star Festival, is a Japanese festival originating from China. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar.
In Japan, Tanabata is held on the 7th of July. It is one of the most celebrated festivals in summer and children write wishes in the form of poetry on colourful pieces of paper and then tie in on tanzaku branches.
There is also a traditional tanabata song which I remember singing when I was a child too.
Sasa no ha sara-sara
Nokiba ni yureru
Goshiki no tanzaku
watashi ga kaita
sora kara miteru
The bamboo leaves rustle,
shaking away in the leaves.
The stars twinkle
on the gold and silver grains of sand.
The five-colour paper strips
I have already written.
The stars twinkle,
and there they will watch us.