STORY Oct 2, 2015
 

How to take

Keitan - that's me!
Keitan - that's me!
So apparently, there are these things called "Cafe Dates" . It's nothing complicated -it's just having coffee or tea with your girlfriend or boyfriend. Couples that are on "cafe dates" seem very happy and look like they are having a great time.

Both parties are bursting with smiles. Sometimes the girlfriend will snap photos of her boyfriend while he's having a cup of coffee.

I recently went on a long trip alone and witnessed many of these "cafe dates" when I entered cafes to kill time. Watching them filled me with envy.
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Go on a "cafe date" with yourself

Cafes are stylish!
Cafes are stylish!
I thought about what I could do to get over my enviousness, and realized that I could take photos by myself that look like I am on a cafe date. Taking such photos is very easy - easy as waking up at 11 in the morning. Happiness oozes out from the "cafe date" photos that I took.
Ta-daa! Here is one of my
Ta-daa! Here is one of my "cafe date" photos! (Title: Cafe date with Keitan)

Easy to take!

What a great "cafe date photo".
It tells a story -As the girlfriend points her camera at the boyfriend, the boyfriend smiles embarrassingly, telling his girlfriend to stop.
It's a spot-on picture! It actually look like I'm on a cafe date!
Stop taking pictures of meeeee!
Stop taking pictures of meeeee!
I am of course taking this photo by myself.
Anyone can do it once they get the hang of it.

First, you must make it so that one can sense the presence of your significant other (A girlfriend, in the case of the photo above) from looking at the photo. This part's not difficult at all - just order two drinks!
Then comes the props
Then comes the props
Next, include feminine items in the photo so that people who view the photos will assume that the person you are with is a girl. We used hair clips, a scrunchie and hand cream for this photo. Use items that men would normally not use.

Including such items into the photo will lead whoever is viewing the photo to believe that a girl took the photo.
We end up with something that looks like this: (By the way, I'm saying
We end up with something that looks like this: (By the way, I'm saying "Have some~"!)
The last trick is to add a "toy camera" filter. Here we use the preconception that girls love "toy-camera style" photos. There are smartphone apps with which you can easily create such photos! Try it!

Once you learn these tricks, you will be able to take good "cafe date" photos by yourself.
If only it were a girl sitting in front me and not a tripod.....
Behind the scenes shot #1 : This taken by the old gentleman who was sitting in the seat next to me, who kept asking me what the photo was for.
Behind the scenes shot #1 : This taken by the old gentleman who was sitting in the seat next to me, who kept asking me what the photo was for.
Behind the scenes shot #2 : Fixed a smartphone onto the tripod.
Behind the scenes shot #2 : Fixed a smartphone onto the tripod.

Let's try in places other than cafes! (Date at a park edition)

These photos do not have to be taken at cafes.
Just as long as you buy two drinks, you can still create and capture these joyous moments shared by a couple.
For example, having coffee at a park on a beautiful day. I often see couples doing this on weekends.
It's such a nice day, isn't it?
It's such a nice day, isn't it?
This is a date in a park. I'm looking at my non-existent girlfriend and my expression is relaxed.

Show an expression that you would only show in front of your girlfriend. This adds believability.
Bringing the smartphone camera into focus.....
Bringing the smartphone camera into focus.....
and taking the photo while creating an expression that you would only show to your girlfriend
and taking the photo while creating an expression that you would only show to your girlfriend
Here is the
Here is the "date at the park" photo (in which I'm asking my "girlfriend", "so what do you want to do after this?")

Let's try at places other than cafes! (Picnic date edition)

A picnic date is also a very nice scenario.

Follow the instructions mentioned earlier and you will be able to take photos of you and your "girlfriend" on a picnic date very easily.

This era may be one where you can go on dates by yourself.
Stop taking pictures of meeee!
Stop taking pictures of meeee!
.....I say to my tripod (and not my girlfriend).
.....I say to my tripod (and not my girlfriend).
The tripod in the very back is just for capturing the whole process so that readers can get a grasp of how to take these "cafe date" photos.

So you actually only need one tripod. Cheap tripods cost less than 1000 yen, which means that you can take these photos for less than what is costs to actually go on a date. What a bargain!
Some more behind-the-scenes footage
Some more behind-the-scenes footage

Is it possible to photograph the girl?

So I have succeeded in taking "cafe date" photos that were taken by my "girlfriend". Is it possible for me to now take pictures of her? If I try this using the method I have used up until this point, I will end up taking a picture of a tripod and not a girl. Is there any way I can create a girlfriend?
A portable cafe!
A portable cafe!
I created the device in the picture above so that I can take "cafe-like" photos even when I am not at a cafe. Now all I have to do is find a woman and stand in front of her. The problem is that there aren't any women. I will use this bronze statue instead.
A
A "cafe date"!
I chose this funny-looking statue because I talked about using expressions that we would only show to our significant other However, this does not look like a "cafe date" at all. I don't even know what I'm trying to do in this photo. Major fail.
The statue looks like it wants to run away from me.
The statue looks like it wants to run away from me.
I continued my search for a female statue. What I love about statues is that I can find them easier then I can find actual women. Hopefully I'll be able to find a good one and take a successful "cafe date" photo .....
Okay, this is totally just a picture of a bronze statue...
Okay, this is totally just a picture of a bronze statue...
This doesn't look like a cafe date. This is just a photo of a statue. Yes, the statue is one of a girl, but there is no warmth in her expression. Yet another fail.
I guess the only way to take a "cafe date" photo by yourself is to shoot yourself using a tripod.

However, I think the "cafe date" photos that I succeeded in taking turned out great. I should definitely upload these photos on Twitter along with the caption "On a cafe date with my gf. She has GOT to stop taking pictures of me, it is so embarrassing." My followers are bound to become envious of me.
How to take pictures of my
How to take pictures of my "girlfriend" will be a challenge for the future.

One can go on "cafe dates" alone

Although it is impossible to actually go on a "cafe date" on your own, it is possible to do so in photos. Buy two drinks, include items that a girl would own in the photo, and add a toy-camera filter. How easy! The photo file in your smartphone, as well as your Twitter timeline, will become full of happy memories!

One can go on "cafe dates" alone

Although it is impossible to actually go on a "cafe date" on your own, it is possible to do so in photos. Buy two drinks, include items that a girl would own in the photo, and add a toy-camera filter. How easy! The photo file in your smartphone, as well as your Twitter timeline, will become full of happy memories!
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A "cafe date" photo where I look like I'm goofing off drinking both my girlfriends' and my own drink. In reality, this is just me hurriedly trying to finish the two drinks that I ordered.
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