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Going into high school some 20 plus years ago I made two decisions that have shaped my life more than I ever could have imagined. The decision to study Japanese, and the decision to take a class in photography. Back then my free time was filled with solitary hours in the school’s dark room, and sitting at my parent’s dinning room table studying Japanese while listening to the latest grundge hits on the radio.
Fast forward to present day and I now find myself living in Japan for over 14 years, and now able to work as a professional photographer. Becoming a “pro-photog” as they say did not happen over night. I have enjoyed playing with photography the past 20 years, and have been slowly building my career here in Japan for the past 10 years. Through good friends I have made in the Japanese freestyle motocross community, I was invited to one of Red Bull’s first events here in Japan, and since that amazing encounter, I have been able to grow and develop my skills in adventure sports photography to the point where it is now my career.
These days I shoot for many brands such as Red Bull, G-Shock, Puma, Sony, Reebok, Murasaki Sports, as well as other local Japanese universities, sports teams and both domestic and international publications. My work takes me all over Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa, and even over seas when I can. Traveling to unknown locations is one of the best parts of photography. You always meet amazing people and enjoy new and unforgettable adventures.