Donnerstag, 20. Januar 2022

New Year - new projects

The new year has just started and it's time to get creative again.

Once again I am working on a book, this time it's about places in Japan that are somewhat connected to a story and not just being nice or sightseeing spots.

The book is called "Japan in Black and White" and is live on Kickstarter like the last one already.

I decided to select monochrome pictures, because they deliver a stronger feeling, which is some times quite melancholic depending on the memory, e.g. 

  • sleeping in a tree house in Winter with -20°C
  • getting a heatstroke and collapsing in front of a temple during my pilgrimage and ending up in hospital with a small kidney damage resulting in being "homeless" and sleeping in an internet café for 3 days
  • almost breaking my leg while snowboarding
  • being "arrested" for flying a drone in Tokyo
  • being "stranded" at night in Okayama - walking and dancing in the streets for 8+ hours
  • sleeping in an office


The book will contain at least 200 pages and will feature 100+ photos of 100 spots and stories.

Because of Japan's borders still being closed this project is also a way to fight my wanderlust making it some sort of art therapy as well as the book from last year. Being unable to make new memories, discover new places and gather new materials I am forced to stick with my current stock and getting creative with it.

Beside the book project there are 2 more campaigns that I support as project manager:
  • Make 100 - Origami Earrings - Make a Wish
    • the inspiration was taken from the myth of being granted a wish when folding 1000 origami cranes - 200 of those cranes, using 3,75x3,75cm sheets, will be used to create earrings - in addition there's an addons to buy a set of origami figures on top making it possible coming closer to 1000

  • MAKE 100 - Handdrawn Portrait Prints
    • after editing photos in too many different ways I reached a "limit" until I rediscovered drip painting - I always liked that abstract painting technique but was never able to paint it digitally until I bought a graphic tablet and Clip Studio Paint and found a way to combine that technique with editing my portraits
    • 100 different portraits are offered as 15x15cm high quality prints on cardboard

Maybe you like these projects and consider supporting them, I would be happy.

Thank you in advance - Enjoy!

Samstag, 28. August 2021

New Kickstarter Project - Postcards of Japan VOL. II

I've created yet another Kickstarter campaign, once again it's about postcards.

You can find it here:

Regarding the postcard sets and their rewards I took some inspiration from other projects, so I reduced the final goal to 150€ and "locked" the other sets behind stretch goals to keep full control of my costs, because during the last 2 projects I got carried away a little.

I hope you like and enjoy the idea and that campaign and I would be happy if you consider supporting it

Dienstag, 13. April 2021

It's a long way

Indeed it is and I don't mean the pilgrimage on Shikoku - I hope my next approach will be better - I am actually talking about the Kickstarter campaign for my illustrated book.

We've already achieved ~20% but there is still a lot left.


Beside the project page of 日本の城 - Japanese Castles I will show you a few pages of the book giving you a better idea of the book and its 292 pages with 400+ pictures of 19 castles.

There won't be any text, except for the preface giving you the opportunity to completely focus on the pictures. Every chapter is having one page with a family crest, this resemples the daimyo (samurai lord) clan that either build or is connected the most to the history or the relevance of that specific castle, e.g. Fushimi/Momoyama castle in Kyoto got the emblem of the Toyotomi clan, who's leader Hideyoshi built the castle, in Uwajima it's a mixture between the Ashina and Date clan and a 3rd example is about Kiyosu castle which was the residence of Oda Nobunaga.

I would appreciate every support - Thank you!

Aizu-Wakamatsu in Fukushima

Kiyosu Castle in Nagoya





Montag, 5. April 2021

Project launched

We finally launched our project 日本の城 - Japanese Castles on Kickstarter

My way of saying "Thank you Japan" via an artbook with 400+ pictures of 19 Japanese castles on 292 pages.


Samstag, 3. April 2021

日本の城 - Launching next week

After setting up everything we will finally launch 日本の城 - Japanese Castles next week.

I've been working on this artbook about Japanese castles for a few months now and after receiving copies for proof reading last week we can finally go live next week. In this book I share over 400 pictures of 19 Japanese castles on 292 pages.

The Kickstarter campaign will be launched next week: Please join and support my project to help me publishing this book and make my dream of self publishing come true. Thank you for your support

Montag, 22. März 2021

Last Week I finally finished the book and already ordered a copy for proof reading.

As soon as everything is fine I will start launching this project on Kickstarter.

Here's a preview of some of the 400+ pictures of "日本の城 - Japanese Castles" of 19 castles on 292 pages. Launch on Kickstarter will be in April. Enjoy! 

Freitag, 19. März 2021

Only 4 castles left

Still Working on my Picturebook for my upcoming Kickstarter campaign, a few more castles are finished now, currrently there are ~40/290 pages left: Fukushima, Nagoya, Matsumoto and Kishiwada

To finish up that entry I hereby present Fushimi castle with a mixed abstract Background and the family crest of Toyotomi mixed with Matsudaira.

Join my project on Kickstarter - coming soon - April 2021 -

Dienstag, 16. März 2021

Shikoku - Cherry Blossom

Once again we've reached the next chapter. After working on Shuri on Okinawa I went over to Kyushu's Kokura and Karatsu Castle close to Fukuoka followed by Okayama.


Okayama at dawn after Hadaka Matsuri

Kyushu and Okayama is finished now, so it's time to return to April of 2017, when I was on a pilgrimage to 88 temples on Shikoku during Cherry blossum season, I only finished ~30, due to a leg injury my journey ended in Kochi forcing me to return back to Osaka. On my way back I went via Uwajima und Matsuyama before finally arriving at the bus station back to Osaka.

Therefore Kochi, Uwajima and Matsuyama castle on Shikoku are my current chapters to work on, here's a small teaser, enjoy and join my followers for my upcoming Kickstarter project 日本の城 - Japanese Castles with 350+ pictures of Japanese castles on 280+ pages.



Mixture of photo and drawing of Matsuyama

Sonntag, 14. März 2021

Next Chapter

Time for a new update on my Kickstarter campaign 日本の城 - "Japanese Castles ". After finishing Kiyosu Castle it was time for Shuri Castle in Naha on Okinawa. It's sad that I have only a few pictures of that fortress, especially because it burnt down last year. Beside a few pictures with almost the same angle and too many people walking by I only have pictures of hibiscus a some dragon statues.

After Okinawa I went North and assorted pictures of Karatsu Castle, which is also called crane castle.

Currently I am working on Okayama, which might be the most difficult, because beside Osaka I have the most pictures of that castle to choose from.

Enjoy and don't forget to follow and back my campaign when it will be launched.

Samstag, 13. März 2021

Kiyosu Preview

 Hello everyone,

I will try to give a few updates about the current process of my picturebook "日本の城 - Japanese Castles" on Kickstarter. In my previous entry New Photo-Project on the horizon I gave a small roundup.

I am currently working on my pictures of Kiyosu castle, which is close to Nagoya-shi.

Kiyosu was already featured in my 1st Kickstarter campaign.

Beside being used in the book this picture will be part of my  ADD-ON-Postcards reward, I hope you like it and will support my Kickstarter campaign, when it's launched soon.

Freitag, 12. März 2021

日本の城 - New photo project on the horizon about Japanese Castles

After successfully finishing my first campaign on Kickstarter about Postcards from Japan's North to South, presenting postcards from Hokkaido to Okinawa, I am currently working on my next project.

日本の城 - Japanese Castles

This project is a picturebook about 19 Japanese castles on 280+ pages. It's been a dream to publish a book about my photos of Japan for years and now I am finally working on it and it's coming soon. hopefully in April.

Here's a small teaser of a few pictures that will end up in the book 🏯

Enjoy and join my campaign💪🙏

Freitag, 15. Januar 2021

Kickstarter - Postcards of Japan - from Hokkaido to Okinawa

Hello everyone,

after many months of inactivity and Corona I wanted to post something again.

I had started a Kickstarter campaign, because I normally travel to Japan every year and in 2020 I can't so I wanted to "give something back", creating that project to print postcards that I would like to offer for international shipping, giving the opportunity for some sort of inspirition for future travels or just for decoration.

Imagining someone would be inspired to travel to those places and using one of my cards to send it back home after exploring those spots themself is a nice idea.

The last hours have started and only a few are left to back my project.

If you like the idea of a poctcard pictures from Hokkaido to Okinawa, just follow this link:, I am happy about every support.

Thank you and enjoy

Here's a small preview of some of those cards: