What is something that you hate that you wish you loved?
Hate is a very strong word. Lucky that this is something that I hate and it’s not much worse, but I hate feeling cold and I come from very cold places. The UK is very cold. Hokkaido is very cold. I find it hard to brace cold water. It doesn’t mean I hate cold climates; I love the snow; I hate being cold. I love being warm amongst the snow, the best feeling is being in a piping hot spring bath amongst snow in the winter outdoors, the contrast and being immersed in that environment but being so comfortable.
What’s your barometer for success?
I feel like I was very lucky to know how long I had left with my grandma before she left, before she passed. I had the opportunity to tell her everything I wanted to tell her. And one of the things I got to ask her was what she wanted me to do, in life, and what her vision of my success would be. And she said, to live a happy life. It’s quite traditional, but to live a happy life in any way that I can find a place, be in a place where I feel calm and collected and loved and be in a place where I can share that with someone. And, she said to have children. I guess that’s open to interpretation of what children is to anyone. Whether that will be people or cats. I guess by and large it means to find peace of myself, someone to share that with and someone to pass it on to. Someone or something to pass it on to. She said don’t worry about doing something incredible and great and remarkable. She said I have a feeling you will but don’t worry about that because it’s not success. Worry about your peace and find that.
What can we expect from you in 2022?
From myself, I can expect that I’ll keep focusing on learning more about myself, my ancestors, the motherland and I am motivated to concentrate and invest more energy on becoming more knowledgeable about Japanese folklore. Finally releasing all the documentation of all the photography I did in Hokkaido. Last time I was able to be in Japan before the borders closed, I was able to capture my hometown, the shrinking village that my grandma is from, my time caring for my grandparents at the hospital. Being in a city surrounded by mountains I feel incredibly lucky to have been able, for some reason to have miraculously had the instinct to do that, the last time I was there unknowing that I wouldn’t be able to go back. And to be able to share that with people. That’s a really special project I look forward to sharing with people.