These video clip delves into Japan with professional lensman Sharon Gidon.

With glimpses from a wide range of news and feature assignments, videographer Sharon Gidon shows the audience his views of Japan, from sushi shops to sumo stables. With the benefit of press access, Gidon feasts his eyes on Japan's cultural riches.

Sharon Gidon is a Director of Photography, videographer, editor, and producer. He is the president of Tokyo's SGK Studio, a full service video production facility.

Gidon came to Japan in the late 1990s to pursue advanced karate training, and soon found himself drawn into capturing the country's visual beauty on film and video. He produced DVDs covering over twenty major music festivals across the nation and widened his scope of coverage to include news reports, fashion shows, music videos, and commercial films.

As media manager for Konishiki, Gidon archived over 3000 professional matches for the past champion, and today travels with the sumo star as he continues his professional entertainment and charity activities.

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Cameraman Sharon Gidon – Thoughts on Japanese Food

Sharon Gidon shares his thoughts on Japanese cuisine. While Japanese food is currently enjoying a worldwide surge in popularity, Japanese restaurants were far from ubiquitous in the Israel of Gidon's childhood. Despite his initial apprehension regarding raw fish, he came to appreciate the uniqueness of Japan's local delicacies, and the subtle spices that enhance rather than overwhelm food flavors.

Cameraman Sharon Gidon on Tohoku Assistance Efforts: Volunteering with Konishiki

Sharon Gidon admits feeling scared in the wake of the Fukushima disasters. He was soon buoyed by the leadership of Konishiki, who spearheaded outings to distribute food, daily necessities, and holiday gifts to Tohoku region residents in need. Especially popular with children, "Koni Santa" continues his holiday gift giving still today, yielding smiles to spare.

Cameraman Sharon Gidon on Culture Festivals in Japan

Sharon Gidon reveals a glimpse into Japan's cultural festivals, which allow audiences to gather "a piece of the puzzle" toward understanding Japanese culture as a whole.

Cameraman Sharon Gidon on Covering Robots in Japan

Sharon Gidon talks about technology and Japan's cutting edge companion robots. Specialized to excel in interaction and anticipation of client needs, companion robots can be a major source of comfort to the elderly, the young, and the autistic or handicapped.

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