Photo Book

Hāfu2Hāfu is an ongoing worldwide photography project exploring what it means to be hāfu – a person with one Japanese parent. Japanese-Belgian photographer Tetsuro Miyazaki has interviewed and portrayed fellow Japanese hāfu, with a parent from nearly 100 different countries. The 120 people in this book do not answer questions but ask them: each hāfu poses a question to you, the viewer. With these questions, Hāfu2Hāfu is creating dialogue and stimulates self-reflection about identity, so that we can find answers of our own.

You can order the book through our webshop. Worldwide shipping is available.

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• Paperback
• 20,5 x 24 cm (HxW)
• 152 pages
• Bilingual Japanese English
• 120 photos and questions
• 98 different ‘other’ countries represented
• Foreword by Duncan Ryūken Williams
• Introduction by Nina M. Cataldo
• FAQ to Tetsuro Miyazaki
• ISBN: 978-90-9031496-9
• Retail price: € 29,50
• Shipping worldwide


• 並製本
• 20.5 x 24 cm (高x幅)
• 152ページ
• 120に上る参加者のポートレート写真と質問
• 日本の他98ヵ国の異なる国の参加者
• ダンカン隆賢ウイリアムズによる序文
• ニーナ・M・カタルドからの紹介
• ミヤザキ•テツローへの よくある質問
• ISBN-13: 978-90-9031496-9
• 小売価格: € 29.50
• 全世界へ配送可能

Publications and reviews: 

Japan ForwardHāfu2Hāfu’: Mixed-Raced Japanese Ponder Identity in Book of Portraits
“The piercing, poignant looks of those who were photographed, coupled with soul-searching questions, make for a powerful combination that almost stumps the reader.”

Kyodo News English Half-Japanese portrait collection on identity finally released
“We’re not all bilingual. We’re not all models. I’m challenging the stereotype of what it means to be hafu in Japan,” the photographer said. “I want this project to open discussions between friends and family about identity.”

Tokyo Interlopers – Humans of Tokyo style interview
“Throughout our lives, we’re always keeping notes—funny anecdotes, sad moments, things people tell us—and that’s how we shape ourselves. I wanted to compare my notes with others, to try to understand…”

New York Times
“If you gaze at the many portraits (…) photographed by Mr. Miyazaki, you can see the searching in their faces, the puzzling out (…). But you can also gain the sense that there are deep currents, forces old and powerful, in opposition to wall-building and racial hunkering.”

西日本新聞 – 「ルーツは日本プラスα」130人撮影 • ハーフが問う「日本人」

Japan Times – A mission to capture the full range of half-Japanese experience — in 192 photos
“Most of my Belgian and Dutch friends have never been doubted about their loyalty to one football team. Those from mixed roots, however, always have to think about the right answer to this question,…”

Japan Today – Hafu2Hafu Project Creator Answers Questions on Half-Japanese Identity
“I can switch between perspectives and realize the world is not black, white, or gray but marbled.”

Buzz Feed Japan – 世界中の日本ハーフに共通している、たったひとつのこと
「メッセージとかはありません。そういうの嫌いなので。ただ、ハーフの人や、むしろそうでない人が自分のアイデンティティについて考える機会になれば、と思っています」 – Photographer Works to Capture All of the World’s Half-Japanese Faces
“I’ve noticed that there are big differences according to what the other country is. If that’s an African country, you have completely different experiences than if you’re half-Asian and half-Japanese kid, or if you’re half-Belgian and half-European as I am.”

Find Your Love in Japan – Are Half Japanese Considered Japanese in Japan?
Interview with Youtuber Nobita for his popular Youtube Chanel.