Through our work here at MMA Fighting, we’ve had the opportunity to travel the world covering MMA events. UFC 144 took us to Tokyo, Japan, and we wanted to share our experiences not just in bringing you photos and Ariel’s interviews from the fights, but also our experience of the city. We were fortunate enough to have lots of friends in Tokyo over our many previous travels there. Thank you to Dean Marchand for helping us haul gear and shoot three locations at once, Ryo Chonan for picking us up for the fish market at 4 am, and Lance Walker for his lovely music with The White Papers. Additional thanks to David Farkas, Susumu Nagao, Manabu Takashima, Ariel Helwani, Dan Herbertson, and Mizuka Koike for helping us find a translator for our man on the street segment.
This was a ton of fun to make, even with Casey yelling at me every five minutes while editing, “You’re the worst!” because I would get a gorgeous shot, then move too quickly. It’s the still photographer in me.
Hope you like it.