Sweet Sisters Growing Up in Japan (17 photos)


Miu and Kanna are two young sisters growing up in Japan. As their proud father, Nagano Toyokazu doesn't just take candid shots of his daughters, he enjoys making up fictional scenes that stretch their creativity. He come up with ideas, jots down some notes and then asks his daughters to ham it up for the camera.

"In this way, I hope that these pictures will remind my daughters of their fun memories when they grow up," he says.

Tokokazu loves sharing his family photos online so that others can enjoy them. "I hope that the photos I take will continue to make people from around the world smile and make them happy."

















If his younger daughter looks familiar, you may have seen her in this post. Nagano is friends with Hideaki Hamada, the man who started the Please Donate For Japan Earthquake Flickr Group.

"Since I live far away from where the earthquake hit, the situation around me is not different after the earthquake than it was before. However, a great number of Japanese people have been suffering in a devastating situation," he tells us.

"While I was frustrated with myself for not being able to do anything but watch the news, some Japanese Flickr users came up with a proposal. With the idea of wanting to help victims of the disaster, even in a small way, we are appealing together with other Flickr users for donations from people around the world.

"We have already received kind messages from many people. We believe that these messages will reach the victims and give them hope. I can feel the power and appeal of photos, and I am grateful for having connected with people throughout the world through photography."

Nagano Toyokazu on Flickr

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Comment by Linda Wang on March 28, 2011 at 5:53am
these pictures and the flickr project are so sweet.

when i someday have children, i want to take many many candid photos of them, just like this. capture them in all their child-like wonder so they will always remember it!
Comment by Lisa Cousins on March 25, 2011 at 3:03pm
These are very fun and beautiful. My 11 year old loves the Japanese culture and its people. It is her hope to some day visit Japan. She went door to door in our neighborhood and collected $415 to donate to the Red Cross relief efforts for Japan. Stay well. I look forward to more pictures.
Comment by grace on March 23, 2011 at 1:00pm
I'm dying. These are so cute. I love how the photographer captures the silliness and expressions of the girls. Love the lighting too.
Comment by Anthony on March 23, 2011 at 4:38am
Cute photos remind me of the "creative father" :)
Comment by Nikki Del Carmen on March 22, 2011 at 11:41pm
I WIN! wait...is this still running?

Love the images, the soft-ish focus as well as the soft colors.
Comment by Jassy Onyae on March 22, 2011 at 8:42pm
Great photos so adorable
Comment by Kevin Chung on March 22, 2011 at 7:55pm
Adorbz!
Comment by Amy Wong on March 22, 2011 at 7:06pm
LoL! They are so cute...
Comment by sAm on March 22, 2011 at 11:42am
So cute!!
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