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Japan With Kids - Forums: Consumer Reports: Photo Studio
By Shakiba Khan on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 - 3:30 pm:

I want my 1 1/2 year old daughter's portrait done at picture studio such as they do at Sears and Jc Penny in USA. Does anyone know some nice picture studio who can also speaks english in Tokyo area. Thanks

By Scott Hancock on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 - 5:54 pm:

How much would you expect to pay? Scott

By Shakiba Khan on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 9:35 am:

I am willing to pay maximum Y15,000. Khan

By Ushka Wakelin on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 10:11 am:

My Japanese friend found this studio recently, I have not yet tried it.
You can dress the baby/child in their costumes for the photo, it looks like they have some very cute costumes, including kimonos. Kind regards

By Bethan Hutton on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 10:22 am:

I used Studio Alice (Kinshicho branch) a few years ago, and wasn't impressed. The whole experience was very rushed, from picking out costumes, trying to get a one-year-old in and out of them, the actual taking of the photos, and then choosing them from a digital screen - we felt much too hurried through every stage. Maybe that was because it was a Saturday - I suppose weekdays might be less busy.

Also, the staff didn't seem to have a clue how to deal with small children, which was odd for a studio specialising in children. The photographer's assistant's idea of how to get a one-year-old to look at the camera was to give him a toy, then take it away and run back and hold it over the camera. Of course he looked at the camera - screaming his head off because someone had taken his toy away.

Needless to say, we didn't use Studio Alice again. We have had more luck with our little local photo studio; they have all the traditional costumes (for shichi-go-san etc), are much more relaxed and friendly, and cost about the same.

By Bethan Hutton on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 10:26 am:
PS As far as I know they don't speak English at Studio Alice either, unless there is a branch in central Tokyo that markets specifically to foreigners?

By Cornelia on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 7:13 am:

No actual experience using any of these, though I did the Takashimaya Shinjuku Shichigosan special back in 1999 (and thought they were pretty good with a 3 year old).

Pinocchio Studio but none in central Tokyo. Didn't check for Yokohama.

Takashimaya department store, Nihonbashi, Tokyo station.
5F at Shinkan building there is the Igarashi Sashin Studio which does kids (as well as everyone). 03-3211-4111 (Takashimaya)
The Shinjuku Takashimaya seems to only have a photo studio set up on the kiddy floor at certain times of the year such as Shichigosan (mid-October thru November) and March (spring vacation), etc.

Seibu department store, Ikebukuro, has 7F photo studio that does kids too (as well as everyone).

And there is Studio Mario:
also a chain store group (all in japanese though)

Plus loads of private photography studios abounding in almost any neighborhood. The English speaking part... well that's tricky! Might be hard to find.

By Rainerito on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 7:14 pm:

In our studio we do more than just pictures. We do not just do portraits, I bring out the real you, telling your unique story through a collection of personal portrait images.

We offer a fun and informal session in our relaxed studio environment, creating beautiful and contemporary portraits.

With english speaker

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