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Yoko visits the Japanese Garden

August 28, 2010

Even though the cherry blossom season is already behind us and had gone for a hanami earlier this year, went to visit the Japanese garden in Hasselt last weekend.

Not only wanted to meet up with fellow otaku comrade Blowfish from FlyingPussyFoot to show him the Japanese garden, but also sought to indulge in some Dollfie Dream photography.

Close up on Yoko

Kicking off with a snapshot of Yoko posing at a shrine like dwelling hidden away in the back of the garden.

With its beauty and serene atmosphere, the Japanese garden is a prime photography location so could not omit trying out some DD photo fun there.

Yoko sitting on a bridge in the Japanese Garden

Opted to take Yoko along although her longer wig meant more effort in styling it for each shot after carrying her around.

With the available outfits currently have for Yoko, went for a combo of the Puppy52Dolls top and Dollmore skirt & boots.

Yoko in the Japanese Garden

Another close up of lovely DD Yoko while she was sitting on a large rock. Took off the white hoodie halfway the shoot for more variation.

Although it has barely been half a year since getting into Dollfie Dreams, have quite enjoyed the hobby so far and how it integrates with my photography interest.

Yoko with Japanese ceremonial house in the background

Don’t have a specific carrying case for DD’s, so didn’t bring Shizuko as I doubt I could conveniently transport and handle more than one doll anyway.

Even though it would only be used for when traveling with the dolls, do think I’ll invest in a specific Dollfie Dream sized carrying case, too bad missed out on getting the Volks one.

Yoko near the pond

Was quite impressed with Blowfish’ Sigma 50mm prime lens, especially under the lighting conditions which were not ideal as the skies often got dark cloud cover.

Have seen Dollfie owners like Wolfheinrich achieve great results with such prime lenses, so hope to acquire the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM lens sometime soon.

Is there a deity worshiped here?

During the cherry blossom viewing went to earlier didn’t have very good weather conditions either, this time though unmounted the polarizing filter I had on the 15-85mm lens since it had little use in such overcast conditions.


Having entered the garden rather late and with the uncertain weather, there were only a few other visitors and near closing time it got deserted.

That made it easier to venture into Dollfie photography in such a public place. Didn’t really get any reaction from other visitors save a group of elderly ladies who curiously looked on and someone from the garden staff who came to check out what we were up.

Yoko in the Japanese garden

Nonetheless tried to be as discrete as possible. Most of my focus went to posing Yoko, arranging her wig which got unkempt in the impromptu bag used to transport her as well as realizing good shots.

Afterwards, felt I should have gone for more poses and angles, but were approaching closing time and was getting fairly exhausted.

Waiting for you

Was a fun day, got to meet an otaku comrade and show him the wondrous world of Dollfie Dream bjd’s and indulge in some DD photography.

Took many more photos, the rest you can see in my Dollfie Dream photo sets on Flickr.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2010 8:45 pm

    Nice, DD are just the perfect size to interact with the environment with proper technique! Just under the threshold of being able to carry them with proper carrying bag! This Japanese Garden looks like fun, I wish there is a spot like this near where I am.

    How is comrade Blowfish reacting to Yoko huh :3

  2. August 28, 2010 10:12 pm

    The Japanese garden provides great shooting opportunities too for a DD size doll with its ornamental rocks and small fences.
    Will have to get a decent bag though, now had to bend her knees and her hair always got unkempt.
    Think he liked Yoko, whether he will one day plunge into the DD world, that’s up to him of course. ^_~

  3. August 29, 2010 6:39 pm

    nice pictures =)
    she looks very nice with this wig
    I really like the outfit you’ve chosen for her

  4. August 29, 2010 6:39 pm

    Great shots, I’d love to visit that place some day. Heard about this little adventure from Blowfish and it looks like it was fun. I’ve never seen a DD up close in person myself, though it’s probably a good thing for the bank account right now.

  5. August 29, 2010 7:39 pm

    Thanks! It’s a rather versatile wig so I try and style it differently now and then.
    It was a fun day, though it’s still best to visit it when the cherry blossoms are blooming.
    DD are very cute and addictive, but indeed quite the bank account drain. ^^;;

  6. August 29, 2010 8:40 pm

    Oh man didnt see it coming that youre this impressed by my prime.It was a great addition to my equipment and maybe I should have let you have a try with my camera.
    The Pictures turned out nice ^^

    Ah man whenever I see you,Woly and Anony together I feel like youre planning a conspiracy against me

  7. August 29, 2010 9:24 pm

    It looks like it can deliver lovely sharp images, so it is interesting to have it in my lens arsenal.
    Oh noes! You’re on to us! =P
    By the way, send me some of the photos you took of Yoko. ^^

  8. August 30, 2010 5:41 pm

    I like the photos ^^b
    Yoko looks very relaxed in that cute outfit. Quite fitting for the serene atmosphere of the Japanese gardens ^^
    The third pic is my favorite!

  9. August 30, 2010 5:42 pm

    Oh and @Blowfish, you will succumb! I foresee you owning a DD very soon! 😉

  10. August 30, 2010 7:20 pm

    Thanks. ^^
    Before heading out was really unsure what outfit would be best for Yoko as the Gangster set and hoodie+camo pants really didn’t seem to fit for such an occasion at all.
    Comrade Blowfish will soon know the power of the DD side. XD

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