Appreciating Culture and the Happiness of Children with @casadetake
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“I try to capture the Japanese landscape and culture through my family life with Sora and Itaru,” says Shunsuke Miyatake (@casadetake), who lives in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture. A father of an outgoing five-year-old girl and a restless three-year-old boy — both very curious about everything from insects to music to outer space — Shunsuke always has his camera ready for moments when the little ones absorb themselves in something interesting in their environment. “Through my kids, I want to share aspects of Japanese culture and sceneries,” he explains, “from the traditional ‘wabi-sabi’ aesthetics to the history and to the edgy modern art in the cities.”
For this Children’s Day, celebrated annually in Japan on May 5 to appreciate the growth and happiness of children, Shunsuke looks back on some of the favorite captures of his kids. Those moments include when Itaru became glued to the window when he saw a Japanese garden for the first time, and when Sora and Itaru sat and sang at a park on a cloudy day during the rainy season while they patiently waited for sunshine. “I love this photo,” he reflects back on the latter, “because the innocence I see in my kids makes any gloomy day of the rainy season seem brighter.”