Sundown in Japan

My name is Ben Beech. I am a freelance commercial photographer with extensive experience related to the people, culture and landscape of Japan. Originally from the UK, I have been living and working in Japan since 2008. I’m currently based in Tokyo, where I run a small photographic studio called Beech Photography. Having travelled to all corners of the country and experiencing a wealth of interesting and beautiful places, I have slowly been putting together a portfolio of images that reflect Japan in the 21st century, ranging from iconic landmarks like Mt. Fuji to some of Japan’s more unusual, lesser-known treasures that lie off the beaten path. To keep up-to-date with my work and tracked across Japan feel free to follow over on Instagram:

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Saitogi Matsuri in Ninohe, Iwate, is a winter festival that sees men from the surrounding villages, dressed in nothing but loin-cloths, similar to what sumo wrestlers wear, gather at a local shrine late at night in the dead of winter to determine the rice harvest for the year ahead.
As the afternoon slowly draws to a close, the Geisha house steadily comes to life with preparations for the evening ahead.