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The Michelin Guide Journey: Unearthing Pottery's Timeless Charm in Japan's Serene Mountains

Welcome back to FEELMEDIA's throwback series, where we take you on a nostalgic journey through some of our most memorable assignments. Today, we embark on a picturesque adventure that led us to the serene mountains near Nara, Japan. Join us as we recount the unforgettable video shoot for The Michelin Guide, capturing the inspiring story of a pottery master who triumphed over adversity and created a unique craft that graces the tables of esteemed restaurants across Japan.


A Pottery Master's Triumph Over Adversity: In 2017, our team at FEELMEDIA received a unique and life-changing opportunity - to film the compelling story of a pottery master who conquered cancer and discovered solace in the heart of nature. Leaving behind the bustling city, he and his beloved wife settled in a forested area near Nara, Japan, to embrace a simpler, more fulfilling life.


A Retreat Amidst Nature's Embrace: Our journey took us deep into the tranquil mountains, where the air was filled with a sense of calmness and serenity. There, amidst the lush greenery and melody of chirping birds, we discovered the master's handmade home and pottery workshop, nestled harmoniously within the natural landscape. It was an awe-inspiring sight, a testament to the master's unwavering dedication to his craft.


Michelin Guide Recognition: Renowned for his exquisite pottery, the master's creations have found a treasured place in Japan's culinary world. Many Michelin Guide restaurants proudly display his artwork, elevating their dining experiences to unparalleled levels of sophistication. Each piece is a unique representation of the master's journey, honed through years of unwavering dedication and passion.


The Art of Aging: One of the most fascinating aspects of the master's craft is his belief in nature's ability to enhance the beauty of his pottery. To achieve this, he leaves a significant portion of his work in the mountainous surroundings for several years. The passage of time, combined with the forces of nature, imparts a distinctive and ethereal quality to each piece, making them truly one-of-a-kind.


Life Away from the City: Our cameras captured the pottery master as he peacefully molded his clay and expertly crafted each piece, seemingly transported to a world of his own. His life in the mountains provided him with the solitude and tranquility necessary to channel his creativity and refine his art. It was evident that the natural surroundings had become his most cherished muse.


A Tale of Inspiration: As we filmed the master's heartwarming story, we couldn't help but be inspired by his resilience and unyielding determination to overcome life's challenges. His journey from battling cancer to finding solace in the mountains demonstrated the power of passion and the healing touch of nature.


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The Michelin Guide video shoot in Japan remains etched in our hearts as one of the most profound assignments in FEELMEDIA's history. The story of the pottery master, his triumph over adversity, and his enchanting craft remind us of the timeless allure of traditional art forms and the beauty of embracing life's simple joys. Through his dedication to his craft and his connection with nature, the pottery master continues to inspire and leave an indelible mark on the world.


Join us next time as we delve into more nostalgic tales and captivating assignments that define the essence of FEELMEDIA - where storytelling meets artistry in the realm of photography and video production.

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