I took this photo while doing an excellent photography course when I was living in Osaka a few years ago. If you happen to live in Osaka and can speak some Japanese (there are no lessons in English), I can’t recommend Photopia Shashin Kyoshitsu too much. At the time of publication, it only cost about 12,000 yen for a 3-month class, and they had free camera rentals for the practice sessions.

Editor’s note: this post was originally published in March 2008 and has been updated.