Hāfu2Hāfu is a personal project in which half Japanese photographer Tetsuro Miyazaki investigates what it means to be hāfu, or half Japanese.
In this process, every portrayed hāfu was asked:
“What is the one question you would like to ask other half Japanese?”
The combination of portraits and questions gives a unique look into the hearts and souls of half Japanese people and starts a dialogue about advantages, privileges, opportunities, difficulties, belonging and wanting to belong to two different societies.
Please have a look at their question and share your stories with us.Go to portraits & questions
Wanted: Hafu in Tokyo (15 to 30 June)
For the next stage of the Hāfu2Hāfu project, I will be in the Tokyo area to photograph and interview hāfu of all ages and from as many different ‘other’ countries as possible.Contact form / more info
UPDATE: Hāfu2Hāfu’s Ambitious Expansion to 192 Countries
Supported by the Hapa Japan Project, Hāfu2Hāfu Expands to Capture Mixed-Race Japanese People from each of the 193 Countries Around the World.Read article
About Hāfu2Hāfu, editor Lawrence Downes writes:
“If you gaze at the many portraits of half-Japanese, half-Dutch subjects photographed by Mr. Miyazaki, you can see the searching in their faces, the puzzling out of what hapa means. But you can also gain the sense that there are deep currents, forces old and powerful, in opposition to wall-building and racial hunkering.”
New York Times, 11 March 2017