On our trip to Tokyo, Japan we met so many amazing people. Everyone was so kind and really wanted to help us out with seriously everything. We went to Nagoya for the Monster StreetSeries and that’s where we met Hikaru Funyu. He showed me a really dope BMX photo books he made with pictures of Stevie Churchill, Nathan Williams but also lots of crazy photos of Japanese riders. Hikaru really wants to help out the Japanese BMX scene by shooting as much as he can. That’s why we figured it would be cool to do a ‘gallery by’ with Hikaru. We helped him out with answering the questions below so check out the interview below and 12 amazing pictures in the gallery!
Let’s start with a small introduction: where are you from, age, years of shooting ?
My name is Hikaru Funyu, I’m 31 years old and born in Tokyo.
I started as a photographer ‘s assistant when I was a 23 -year-old, After that I took a class in photography and now I’m shooting photos professionally for 3 years. All together I’m already shooting for 8 years.
What is a normal day for you?
Most of the time I work for fashion magazines, besides that I also do a lot of sport brand advertising and shoots for beverage manufacturers. When I’m done working I work on stuff for the Japanese BMX magazine!
How can you describe your style and what do you like to shoot the most?
I like to shoot everything that moves, movement creates something magical in a photo. That’s why I love working with athletes so much. Best thing would be if I can shoot BMX and Skateboard all day but that doesn’t pays the bill in Japan unfortunately.
How can you describe the Japanese BMX scene. Is it a big scene?
Japan doesn’t have a huge BMX scene, it’s small but that means everyone respects each other. In the evening you can hardly ride in Japan because you get a huge fine when you ride without lights. Also having no brakes on your bmx will get you a fine of $3000,- especially in Tokyo. But people still meet up in the evening and ride all the good street spots that Japan has to offer.
Unfortunately there is no BMX media in Japan so that’s why you don’t see a lot of stuff from Japanese riders. however Flatland bmx is huge in Japan!
With which riders do you shoot the most?
I don’t shoot with one particular rider. I just shoot all the riders in the Shibuya or Shinjuku areas. I shoot with all the Tokyo riders. Sometimes I go to the other side of Japan for Jams or trips to shoot with other riders. I just want to help out the Japanese BMX scene as much as I can.
Who or what inspires you in your personal life and in your pictures?
I always learn from pictures of these photographers, they inspire me a lot!
Is shooting photos your main job or is it just a hobby?
It’s definitely my full time job.
About the future: Do you have any news about new project/products you can tell us about?
No big plans for now but I just released a BMX photo book with pictures of all lot of Japanese riders. It also contains shots of Nathan Williams, Stevie Churchill, Nigel Sylvester and Aaron Ross.
What’s the best part of being a photographer?
Going to new places, meeting people and making new friends.
What’s your current setup?
My main camera is a canon 1dsmk3. Sub to 5dmk2.
My hobby camera is a contax tvs digital.
Film camera of pentax k2dmd, medium format camera Mamiya rb67
Why should more bmx riders travel to Japan?
Because Japan has crazy spots, nice weather, nice people and definitely the best food!
Any shout out?
Thank you Roy for this opportunity to show the world that the Japanese scene in alive!