Editorial things!

Opened up the spring issue of Chicago Magazine, and saw that I have two different spreads in there! Firstly a story I shot for Home+Garden section about a home designed by Summer Thornton, (I will post the images to my website update over the next few weeks)



And secondly: the Culture section with a story about Andreas Fischers new gallery show!


Tokyo Part II: Section 2

This post is a continuation in the days to come, of Tokyo.

My favorite area of Tokyo, and overall favorite part of my trip to Japan was held in Jingumae-Shibuya. Jingumae is a small area tucked just past Harajuku station and slightly away from all the teen fashion noise and hustle. The Jingumae ward is what I envisioned Tokyo to be like, with its quiet winding streets and endless corridors. The Jingumae streets hold some of the best modern small scale architecture that I saw. As if the neighborhood was designed from the last three years of Dwell, nearly every home is beautiful poured concrete and with huge glass facades.

As I mentioned a few post back, this neighborhood is where I could see my self living and working. Below are some of my favorite images from that neighborhood.

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Tokyo: Part II : section 1

Last I wrote about my brief visit to Atami, this post will focus the days following when I traveled back to Tokyo and met up with my girlfriend.

Tokyo Part II: section 1

When we came back from Atami, we arrived via subway at Tsukiji station, as the name would suggest we were staying near the world famous, and always hectic Tsukiji Fish Market . Being the worlds largest wholesale market for seafood one can expect nothing but chaos. From about 4am-3pm its not stop fish, and fish, and then more fish, and finally what ever else crawls or swims in the ocean

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Tsukiji is run by old familes, old business deals, and old arrangements.  It has its own set of governing rules, its not polite like the rest of Tokyo. Its business and fish. You move at a fast pace, orderly, and dont dare get in any ones way.

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You can also eat deadly cuts of blowfish. Although deadly, they taste very similar to a white fish. The element of danger is mostly novelty, only worth it once.

And this borrowed youtube video is an excellent walk through

Back in the USA!

Im back!

I fell very behind on blogging while traveling, my apologies.

To avoid a massive wall of text, I will be breaking up trip over the next few posts. The content included is mostly raw undeddit images, cellphone pictures, and quick videos. I will post the finish product as it is completed in a few weeks. Enjoy!

1. I left Tokyo and headed south to Atami. The village reminded me of living in Santa Barbara again. I loved that feeling of long beaches, jagged mountains, and an endless view of water. The video from my instagram below is a panorama from the roof of a near by building.


The town is famous for its natural hot springs (Onsen), beach views, and economic bubble of the 1980’s, to which the town still appears frozen in. Its rather odd seeing very dated structures, ruins, and residents holding onto a an old idea. The town has been in decline for some time, yet people still go there. Markets, locals, and foreigners alike travel south for the weekend.

Atami castle holds up on the hillside, surrounded by one off souvenir shops and an adult museum. You can ride a gondola up for ¥400.

Japan: Part 1 – Shinjuku-Shibuya- and more!

I arrived in Tokyo four days ago, after a long grueling flight. ~15hr to Hong Kong, 2hr layover, ~3.5hrs to Tokyo Narita airport. To say the least, I was exhausted, and ready to eat real non airplane food, and sleepy. So sleepy.

To bring you up to speed: heres whats happened so far:
Slept in a very tiny bunk-bed apartment near Tokyo Opera City. Explored Shinjuku, Kabukicho on the first day.

Thats when everything got real Japanese real fast. Lights, noise, sensory overload. BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM! I explored the fabled Golden Gai pub area, and surrounding Kabukicho shops and stalls. Being a very dense area, and in the mix of all the excitement I found my self overwhelmed and confused.

The second day, we returned to the area and focused around the Cocoon Tower:201503Tokyo_BrettBulthuis_CoccoonTower1

The third day : headed to what is currently my favorite district in all of Japan. Taking the train to Harajuku station and walking quickly out of that chaotic teeny bop kawaii tourist trap and north in the Shibuya prefecture. To define what I saw amongst the masses of small alleys, very current fashions (not extremes, but polished/complete looks), and nice cars. Was an area that looked like it was designed to fit my personal taste. As if the entire neighborhood summed up: Brett this is what you’re all about. Beautiful small space homes looking fresh out of Dwell. Poured concrete structures, blending harmoniously with steel and glass. Everything so clean, minimal, and functional.

I got lost, I wandered, and I loved everything I encountered. “You have to leave your home, to find your home” With in the streets of Shibuya, and on Omotesandō I found just that.
I will have new images from that area in the next update.

As for today it was off to the train, onto Atami to hopefully catch a glimpse of MT Fuji, and gain access to Kengo Kuma’s famous Water / Glass house.

Tonight we rest, enjoy 65* weather, and Onsen. Glorious Glorious Onsen.

Kickstart Japan!

As many of you know, I am heading to Japan for a personal project in a few days. Also you may be aware of the kickstarter campaign that is running to help collect funds.

The basis of the kickstarter is a little different than the normal kickstarter model allows for. Usually projects are all or nothing and don’t happen with out the goal being met. That being known, my project is still happening regardless and I am using kickstarter as an outlet to collect support in exchange for prints, coffee table books, and postcards. Not quite a start up project approach, but very functional for allocating rewards to those who want it, and for those who just want to support the arts.

Here is a link to the project : Japan 2015 : read more about the details, get involved, and check back for updates on how our trip is going.

Brett Bulthuis

PSA Japan 2015

Hello everyone!

Its actually finally happening! I am partnering with Native eye productions to head to Japan. I’m so uber excited about this! We are currently seeking additional funding and offering great incentives such as books, prints, eBooks, and toys for all those who help achieve this dream. You will see the kickstarter campaign shared below. All support is great support, whether it be financial, verbal, or even just sharing the links amongst your circles. We really just want to get the word out there!

Share this short link or look below! http://kck.st/1KHyeQe

Japan 2015

Achievement unlocked! This February is collaboration with the brave crew from Native Eye, I will be traveling to Japan for a few weeks. Arriving in Tokyo and leaving from Okinawa. The objective is similar to last years voyage to China, we will produce marketable content for both web and print of local artist, businesses, and stock. With tons of personal images and stories to go with it! I am excited for this adventure, Japan has always been a goal of mine and I’m proud to say its happening!

Stay tuned for many many many updates on the trip, as details are developing in the next few weeks!


Japan 2015 logo

Japan 2015 logo

BoConcept 2015 Catalog

Hey! The images I shot for BoConcepts store catalog came out finally! These images focus on a singular space and its concept. You can read the story online at Boconcept.com or pick up a copy of the catalog at any of their international locations! Im very excited about this, and thrilled to be published globally. Thanks to everyone who helped out and supported the project from the start.