Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Japan 2016 | Our Tokyo SnapChat Diary

I'm sure you've all heard about Snapchat. It's a kind of like Whatsapp, Instagram and Vine rolled all into one as a chat, messaging, and imaging app. The unique thing about the free app is that the videos and pictures taken, aka Snaps, will self destruct after a few seconds of a person viewing them. Or, you can add it to your "story", a 24-hour collection of your photos and videos, which you broadcast to the world or just your followers.

Even though it was created 4 years back, I hopped on the bandwagon pretty late and only started getting really into it this year. It reminds me of the good o' days of Instagram when the things people posted were really "instant", raw and not so pose-y. No using of DSLRs or heavy editing to get the perfect photos that we deem "Instagram-worthy" nowadays. Just plain old snap and post.

With Snapchat you can't usually transfer old photos / videos to post {but there's a new function now called Snapchat Memories that allows you to}. You've to use the in-app camera to take the shots and the available in-app filters, stickers or lenses to edit. Everything seems so raw, so unedited, so amaturish.. and I love it.

I love it for being "less fake" than what can be seen over at Instagram. 

Not saying that I don't like using Instagram anymore {still love the community there!} but I'm sure you get what I mean ( ◞・౪・)

Some of the Snapchat lenses are sooooo hilarious!!! I'm really amazed by how well it works. It basically uses a facial recognition software that’s able to distort your expression and apply various effects to your face.

Lil Pumpkin gets such a kick out of playing with the Snapchat lenses sometimes too haha.

Anyway I don't usually blog during holidays so during our recent Tokyo trip I used Snapchat to capture the places we went to, things we saw, food we ate, and the feelings of the day.

Basically like a visual diary and I combined it all in the videos here.

Have a look and I'll be writing in detail some of the more interesting and new places we visited, like Setagaya Play Park, where kids get to build a bonfire and chop wood.

Yes, you read right. The kids really got to play with fire and chop wood!!

If you're on Snapchat too, add me as @AiSakuraHaruka and if you haven't gotten to playing around with it too, well, go try it out and let me know what you think!

If the videos above aren't playing properly, watch directly on my YouTube channel here:



15 comments:

Stacy said...

Had a look at the video... quite funny when you guys pop up with funny 'attachments'!

Masshole Mommy said...

I love following you on Snapchat. You guys are always doing something fun :)

Cascia Talbert said...

I'm not on snapchat, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I bet you had a fantastic time in Tokyo.

alissa apel said...

I'm really late because I haven't joined Snapchat. Maybe I should? But I'm already online way too much.

mail4rosey said...

My youngest wanted me to get this, it took too much room on my phone, so I deleted it. It's cute though. :)

Lil Bookworm said...

On the contrary, I don't like snapchat. I find uglifying our own photos not acceptable. Haha ...

Michelle Hon said...

Hahaha.. interesting app with fun lenses! Lil Pumpkin and you look hilarious on the videos. I'm already swamped with Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, I don't think I have time to maintain another social media account. But never say never... hehe..

Michelle @ The Chill Mom

Debs G from Owls Well said...

I like the transient quality of snapchat and it definitely works for people who are still experimenting with social media and finding out what their level of 'exposure' should be.

Jolin said...

I have tried snapchat once and totally gave up.. Haha. The lenses are really cute and funny. But I already have too many social media accounts to maintain so this is a no no for me.

adesays said...

Haven't tried snapchat but apparently everyone has been going crazy about it. You guys looked like you had loads of fun.

Young Smarties said...

Love your videos! I have downloaded snapchat and it has been sitting in my phone for a very long time...till date still not sure how to use it! After reading your blog, maybe I should really move my butt and try using it :)

Pooja Kawatra said...

Lovely video and experience sharing. Video is really so cute with those fun expressions, I haven't join Snapchat yet but hopefully will explore myself.

Katong Kids Inc said...

Omg, I love your videos! Gonna try Snapchat soon.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I had Snapchat and just didn't get it, so I deleted it. The girls love it though and Jason is always cracking up at the filters. The frowny face one always makes him burst into a fit of giggles.

Angie. S said...

I used to prefer Instagram because I don't really like the idea of my videos and photos 'disappearing' after 24 hours but now that they introduced the 'Save Memory' feature, I might just give Snapchat a try. Great idea to use it to document travel snippets.