This summer I had the chance to meet Greg Lam from Life Where I’m From for the second time. The first time, he interviewed me for his documentary about being Japanese. This time I try to answer a few questions from the then newly released Hāfu2Hāfu photo book.
The questions I try to answer are: • How can Japanese changing society benefit from your hāfu-ness? • If for some reason you have to choose, which nationality would it be? • In what moment did you first realise you were different? • Would you feel more relaxed in a third country that does not make part of your identity? • Have you ever met a hāfu with the same roots, but who grew up in the ‘other’ country? • What would you tell your younger self? • What is your first impression of the word ‘hāfu’? • What is in your lunchbox? • What is being Japanese?
Although never easy, I hope I gave useful answers to these difficult questions.
Thanks to a collaboration with FujiFilm Original Photopaper, we have been able to make 60 beautifully crafted Limited Edition Photo Books.
Each book has a unique cover with a different photo from the project. Each photo in the book is printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Album Paper XS. For the book binding we used a Flat Lay technique that folds the pages open completely. This allows you to experience each photo to the fullest. Continue reading →
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After completing the crowdfunding campaign in March 2018, and a wonderful year full of exhibitions, workshops and meeting many more haāfu people to photograph and interview, I am extremely happy to say the Hāfu2Hāfu photo book is now in the caring hands of the printing company. We are expecting the Hāfu2Hāfu photo book to be printed early April 2019 and will ship worldwide.Continue reading →
During the day, a selection of 12 photos and questions from the Hāfu2Hāfu project can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP (International Center of Photography) Museum in New York City and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset. Learn more about Projected.
BrightVibes picked up our story, during the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. By sharing our story and sharing it with more than 1 million follower on Facebook, they significantly contributed to the success of this campaign.
A while ago, Nobita from the Japanese Youtube channel ‘Find Love in Japan’ interviewed me. We talked about my personal experiences as well as my findings about being half Japanese in Japan and in the rest of the world. Continue reading →
When Dutch traders of the East India Company (VOC) arrived in Japan in the early 1600’s, they first settled in Hirado, Nagasaki. Western and Chinese merchants were allowed to live and mingle with the locals here freely before the Shogun restricted international relations by declaring several Sakoku Edicts between 1633 and 1639. Most countries were prohibited all contact and trading, while Dutch and Chinese merchants were moved to the artificial island of Dejima in Nagasaki in 1641. Continue reading →
On October 15th, 2017, Tetsuro Miyazaki held a presentation and workshop on his Hāfu2Hāfu Project in partnership with SIETAR Japan (The Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research). In attendance were roughly 40 people from all walks of life. Japanese folks with international backgrounds, parents of multi-cultural/ethnic children, a zainichi (Japan-born Korean) man, nissei, sansei Japanese and of course, many hāfus like myself. Continue reading →
Prior to my 11 day trip to Tokyo in October, I was interviewed by Louise George Kittaka for the Japan Times about the project and my motives. Their timing coincided with my call for entries and an announcement for the presentation and workshop for SIETAR at Sophia University.
The result is this humbling half page article you can read here.
Camera Japan is an annual Japanese cultural festival, organised in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The main focus is on film, but they also explore the visual arts, music, dance, fashion, architecture, food, and much more. Continue reading →
*日本語は英語の後に続きます。 I am very proud to present the first 30 photos and questions of the new chapter of Hafu2Hafu for which I will try to photograph and interview one hāfu from every country, mixed with Japan. Continue reading →
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