Plane spotting takes off as latest fad among women | The Japan Times Online
CHIBA — Years after female Japanese train spotters were given the nickname “tetsuko,” which loosely translates as “rail girl,” officials of Narita International Airport and the nearby city of Narita, Chiba Prefecture, recently coined the word “sorami” — “air girl” — to describe members of the growing band of female plane spotters.
Just as a tetsuko would crisscross the nation to photograph different trains, so a sorami such as Ayumi Fukuda, a 34-year-old public servant from Takaishi, Osaka Prefecture, travels from Hokkaido to Okinawa to capture images of airplanes.
In May, she was one of 27 participants in an event organized for sorami in Narita.
“I don’t understand why airplanes can fly, and that’s why I’m attracted to them,” said Fukuda, a plane spotter of five years.
The event was organized by Narita Kuentai, a group consisting of employees of the Narita Municipal Government and the airport that works for the development of the local community.
After gathering at a hotel in the city, the participants, mostly in their 20s and 30s, were given a tour of a park close to the airport and taken to a Japan Airlines hangar to photograph planes.
“It’s huge!” “Beautiful!” the assembled sorami exclaimed as they entered the hangar and set eyes on a JAL Boeing 787, the state-of-the-art Dreamliner. Some lay on the ground to photograph the plane from a certain angle, while others posed in front of the jet for photos with mechanics, who were acting as tour guides.
According to photographer Charlie Furusho, there is a difference between photos taken by male and female airplane fans.
“Men just tend to photograph the aircraft, so as to make a collection of them, while many women include flowers and other seasonal items in the picture,” said the 39-year-old photographer.
He said women seem to enjoy the color scheme and other aspects of how a plane looks.
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