Japan Travel Internship

Reflections on the photojournalism programme

By Lee Tan    - 2 min read

I spent a month doing the Japan Travel internship, travelling around the Kansai region and the Seto Inland Sea. It was a terrific experience of going a little bit deeper into the places and discovering their stories, particularly the hidden or little explored gems.

The highlights are numerous - attending the gorgeously exhibited Kyotographie, Kyoto's top-notch annual photography festival, and seeing new work; discovering Osaka's vibrant design scene and falling in love with Truck Furniture; spending a week exploring a small part of Kagawa, namely Naoshima and Shodoshima; and finding a moment of peace at Ise-Shima's shrines on a rainy day. Of course, experiences are formed by the people we meet along the way, and I made so many great friends.

This programme allowed me to think beyond Japan's obvious charms and gave me the flexibility to work on stories that were of interest to me, namely art, photography, design and food. It was also great to work with the JT team and editorial members who helped me in my travels and in my internship. Truly a great experience for anyone with a nose for stories and a keen appreciation of Japan.

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Lee Tan

Lee Tan @lee.tan

Writer, photographer and traveller.

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Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu 2 years ago
Your experience is a great inspiration to many who are photography and travel enthusiasts. Japan Travel will surely get more responses for aspiring volunteers thanks to you.
Yuna Gena 4 years ago
What a nice experience. Absolutely something I'd love to do too. Nice pictures. <3
Corinna David 4 years ago
I want to experience the internship program, too.
Jihad Mahmoud 4 years ago
I am glad you had good time, I might want to try too after reading your story.
Relinda Puspita 4 years ago
I am gonna try as well.