My passion for photography began when a friend of mine gave me his camera as a gift before I moved to Tohoku as a volunteer after the massive Tsunami that hit Eastern Japan on March 11, 2011.
This tsunami literally shook Japan. Over 400,000 houses were destroyed and 18,000 people were killed.It was devastating. Initially, there were many volunteers, but as time went on, the people were forgotten.
That’s when photography became a powerful tools to connect people, allowing me to share stories, raise awareness, and bring people together from all walks of life.
During this season, I became friends with a man from Osaka. Satoshi had also come to Tohoku as a volunteer, and we lived together for a year. We became best friends, and even went to Saipan (where I grew up) together.
After a year, Satoshi went back to Osaka. A few months later, I went to visit him. I discovered that he didn’t have a good relationship with his mom, but he wanted to do something for her birthday.
I suggested to write a letter.
It took tremendous courage for Satoshi but he was willing. We filmed the whole process and made a short video for his mom.
It was an emotional moment for them both. It was the beginning of reconciliation.
My beloved filmmakers “Stillmotion” once said
"People make choices based on emotional connection firs. Executive thought comes second.”
I would love to be that bridge to connect our heart and mind.
My greatest desire is to use photography and videography to see broken relationships restored and witness the healing that comes from reconciliation.