After a certain number of years living abroad, I started to look at my country, Japan, with a different perspective and noticed that I took many things for granted. I must admit that culturally Japanese people can sometimes be stubborn and lack flexibility. However, I know how courteous and reliable they can be too. Western culture definitely has more freedom, respect for individuality and less self-consciousness. But as much as I like these positive sides of Western culture, I love my country and my people.
It is always great to contribute something toward my country. During the last few months there were 3 events in Melbourne in honour of Japanese cities; Tokyo, Kouchi & Kurashiki. I had an oppotunity to photograph these events. People came from Japan to introduce their local specialities; products, food and culture. The Melbourne based Tryber Pty Ltd team hosted these events and played a perfect role in providing a bridge between Japan and Australia. A lot of volunteers and artists also got involved and lead to these events becoming a success.
I feel privileged to have been a part of such a great event. It is always an enormous pleasre to work with these people.
P.S Special thank you to Tryber Managaing Director, Hasegawa-san for having me again.