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Name and place of origin:
I was born in Osaka, Japan.

How long did you study at IIC? Which classes did you take?
I studied advanced English at IIC for about one year.

What are you doing now in the Bay Area?
I am a fine art photographer. I have been producing projects for years using film photography. I spend my time and energy photographing and printing using traditional darkroom techniques.

How did your studies at IIC help you achieve your goals?
My art projects are usually very conceptual. Most of the time I need to write artist statements to make my art easier to understand for viewers. The English skills I learned at IIC helped me to write concise and well-written statements.

What did you like the most about IIC?
I liked the affordable tuition, flexibility of the class schedule, and helpful teachers and staff.

Color darkroom

Do you have any advice for current students?
Not only studying English but also having higher goals will help you to navigate your future.

What has been your greatest achievement?
Most recently my photography was selected and exhibited in numerous shows including: “Dial Collect” at SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), “Tasty” at Cabrillo Gallery (Aptos, CA), “Proof” at the Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), “Food” at the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), and the 3rd Annual Juried Pinhole Show at the RayKo Photo Center (San Francisco, CA). I organized a Japan earthquake charity show and participated in an AIDS/Life Cycle art show in 2014 (San Francisco, CA). My photographs have been published in prestigious publications including: “Magical Secrets About Chine Colle” by Crown Point Press in San Francisco, CA and “Roll Call” by SF Camerawork in San Francisco.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I will try to keep film alive by shooting film, exhibiting darkroom prints, and teaching traditional photography to the next generation.

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Key words and phrases

Film: a thin piece of plastic that is in a camera and is used to take photos or make movies
Darkroom: a special room with no light that is used for developing film from a camera
Conceptual: based on mental ideas
Viewer: in art shows this is the audience, or the person who is looking at the artwork
Concise: giving a lot of information clearly and in a few words
Prestigious: inspiring respect and admiration
Generation: a group of people who were born at around the same time