Originally published in
Island Ad-Vantages, September 5, 2013
Crew films Stonington for Japanese television show
A film crew spent a few hours on Wednesday, August 28, filming Stonington for a Japanese television show called “Luxury Cruises.” The crew was traveling with the three-masted schooner Victory Chimes. Pictured here, from left, are coordinator Setsuko Walsh, director Jun Fujikuma, camera man Ryo Yamamoto, video engineer Sou Waki and audio engineer Shun Akabane.
The town of Stonington got a close-up from a camera crew on Wednesday, August 28. The crew was filming for a Japanese television show called Luxury Cruises, a one-hour weekly program that features footage of cruises all over the world.
“People enjoy quality-of-life destinations,” said freelance director Jun Fujikuma. The episode is particularly interested in ships that are a century old.
Stonington is one of the stops for Victory Chimes, the only original three-masted schooner in the Maine Windjammer fleet, according to the ship’s website. Only 40 guests at a time can travel on board the 113-year-old schooner.
Fujikuma said there will likely be a segment in the show introducing the town of Stonington. He said he is particularly interested in the town’s history as a fishing village, then quarry town, and now as a lobstering community and tourist destination.
Victory Chimes also stopped in Camden and Rockland. The crew has also filmed aboard the Queen Mary and other cruise ships.