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    Up in the air: Levitating photographer defies gravity

    Tokyo photographer Natsumi Hayashi’s whimsical self-portraits are works of mid-air wizardry. How does she achieve such weightlessness?

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    Flying high

    Tokyo photographer Natsumi Hayashi's self-portraits are sparking an Internet sensation and garnering attention all over the globe. In each image she appears to be levitating -- an effect she achieves by jumping up and down as many as 300 times in an effort to get the perfect shot.

    This photograph was taken at the entrance of an abandoned clinic in Tokyo. "I can easily fall when I levitate in this pose," Hayashi said.

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    Mid-air crunch

    Natsumi Hayashi took this photo of herself on a street in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. She said the squat pose mid-air was "the toughest part."

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    Don't jump!

    Hayashi staged this photo on a pedestrian bridge over a railroad track in Tokyo. She said she saw the alarmed face of the railroad engineer as the train passed by.

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    Tickets, please

    Here, Hayashi floats amid automatic ticket checkers in the suburbs of Tokyo. In a different image captured during this photo shoot, one of the passersby tried to levitate with her.

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    Floating in the trees

    This photo was captured under a Japanese plum tree at night. "I held a flashlight to light up myself by myself," Hayashi explained.

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    Can I put you on hold for a second?

    Hayashi couldn't resist this spot for a photo shoot: An old phone booth in the suburbs of Tokyo. "It was still surprisingly clean," she noted.

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    In no hurry

    Hayashi floats above the chaos during evening rush hour at a train station in the suburbs of Tokyo.

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    Unbearable lightness

    This image was captured In front of an old barbershop called Midori-ya (which means "green") in Tokyo.

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    Going up

    Another fitting spot for a change in elevation: Hayashi took this photo at the entrance to escalators in the suburbs of Tokyo.

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    Where is she going?!

    Here, Hayashi takes flight along a corridor in the suburbs of Tokyo. "I must confess that I could levitate higher (if I jumped down from the top of the fence)," she explained.

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    Mommy, look!

    Hayashi takes flight at a crosswalk near a zoo in the suburbs of Tokyo.

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    Here's your order, sir!

    Hayashi seems to float across a restaurant in the suburbs of Tokyo. She said the biggest challenge with this photo was keeping the bread rolls flat on the plate in her hands.

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    What kind of bird is that?

    Hayashi managed to pull this photo off in the woods in the suburbs of Tokyo. "Another pose that can easily make me fall," she said.

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    Never mind, I think I'll fly

    It can take Hayashi anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes to get the right shot. Sometimes she works alone and relies on a self-timer; in other instances, she asks a friend to come along and press the shutter. She captured this image alongside the Yamanote Line, one of Tokyo's busiest commuter rail lines.

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    Weightless

    Hayashi takes flight In the hallway of an art museum located in a former elementary school in Tokyo. "I hope that people feel something like an instant release from stressful, practical days by seeing my levitation photos," she said.

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