Tokyo, 2012 (Take II)
Images' Ivy Matheson in Fudge
(Tokyo, July 2012)
June 12, 2021
I have been in Tokyo for just over four weeks now, and let me tell you, I love it!
Since the very first night I arrived, everything has been nonstop. My first
castings took place as soon as I arrived and everything has continued at this
pace since! I quickly adapted to the ten-casting-a-day norm. I booked my first job
just two days into castings and I have been working five days a week since. I cannot
complain though; I love the fast pace, nonstop rush of this city! A typical day in
Tokyo for me goes as follows: 7:00 a.m. wake up, take the subway to my job, work an
eight hour day, take the subway to meet the agency driver, attend as many castings
possible, and arrive home around 9:00 p.m. There is certainly no time wasted!
Working in Tokyo has a completely different pace and feel from any other
Asian city that I have worked in. Shooting is much more relaxed and much more
care is taken to get the job done correctly. It is less about getting everything done
within a certain time frame and more just about getting it done right – which I
love! Something I've also noticed about jobs in Tokyo is that very often the makeup artists ask about allergies and they more often than not end up giving you an
amazing facial massage.
Oh yes – being a vegetarian in Tokyo is also way easier than ever. When I tell the
clients that I am a vegetarian they actually recognize the word and it seriously
makes me want to scream 'hallelujah' because it makes life so much easier! The
clients are always asking if I'm good to keep working or to let them know when I'd
like to take a break. They offer me tea, coffee, water – I honestly feel so spoiled! I've
really found that it is these small gestures that truly make the biggest difference
about how I feel about working as a model.
I could not be happier with my agency and living situations. I feel so comfortable
and at home here. I can see myself getting a little too comfortable in fact! My agency
has loads of Canadian models, which is so nice because Canadians tend to get along
quite well on these modelling trips. We are all so laid back and just love having a
good time exploring and adventuring.
The food here has been amazing so far. Fresh Japanese food is such a dream and
a treat. I am truly a lover of any vegetable, which makes grocery shopping a bit
stressful because fresh produce here is SO expensive! I am talking $5 for cherry
tomatoes; $5 for carrots; $3 for a zucchini, and fruit... fruit is another story. $5 for two
apples and $10 for cherries just to give you a vague idea. I guess it all balances out in
the end because the rates here are really good and are honestly unlike anything that
I have experienced before as a model. It's a great motive to get your lazy ass out of
bed in the early a.m., when really all you want to do is sleep!
Tokyo has been full of many firsts for me, including my first earthquake. They
happen weekly here! I experienced my first noticeable ground shaking one just two
nights ago. I woke up and the handles on my balcony were rattling loudly. I jumped
out of bed, yelled my roommate's name and then ran into her room. She talked me
through the remainder of the quake and then I went back to my room. Looking back
on it now, I was so dramatic but it was my first earthquake ever so what can you
Well that is the update from Tokyo. I've got another busy week ahead but I promise
to write again soon!
Ivy Matheson is an Images model, with Cinq Deux Un in Tokyo.