When I was 19 and enrolled in university in Vancouver my father suddenly died; I was young and I grappled with feelings of isolation from the world. Faced with this shock, I moved back to Tokyo, the city of my birth, and began a business career to support myself and my family. Years went by and I still felt “broken.”
In 2008 I departed on a solo round-the-world journey to re-connect with life. I unmoored myself and traveled freely, but with intention. What I encountered was a chaotic world, one rich with life but to which I could not feel fully connected; I also could not yet calm my inner turmoil.
Searching for inspiration to hone my vision I encountered the photography and philosophy of Sam Abell. His quiet depictions of life, with his anvil-flat horizons from his childhood in Ohio spoke to me of my experience growing up in Tokyo, a city defined by its organized chaos and by its countless frames and windows. Drawing inspiration from his work I began seeking visual frames as a way of quietly ordering the life I was seeing. It was my way of re-connecting with my father and with life itself. This newfound context gave me the stage on which to witness the theater of life play out—the world is complex, but in structure there is serenity.