I was born and raised in Japan and began to take photographs while I was in high school. After graduating Nagoya University with BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Neuroscience, I moved to the U.S. in 1992 and started using a SLR camera to photograph Chicago and its citizens.Since living in the United States photography has become my passion. I have learned from Zen Buddhism that our existence is composed of various relationships. This notion has inspired me to use photography to create relationships with the world to find myself.Although I have never received formal education in photography, I have studied documentary and fine art photography with photojournalist Damaso Reyes since 2009.Since I moved here, I have been documenting ordinary people and their lives in the city of Chicago. Initially, I took photographs of people and streets of the city but then found I wanted to document people with more intimacy.A few years ago, I began working on short-term documentary projects. My first long-term intensive documentary project was making photographs of people on Chicago Avenue near the Red Line station who were struggling with poverty and drug addiction. I photographed them on the street as well as in their homes for two years.Through this project, I learned some of the people I photographed came from Cabrini-Green, which lead me to my next long-term documentary project “Cabrini-Green: Frances Cabrini Rowhouses”. Since December 2010, I have visited there three to four days a week and documented people living in the oldest part of Cabrini-Green.