Yumeji, PIC Guam Hotel, 9F, Tumon, Guam, Aug 2011 | One Two Three


One Two Three

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air. You can never capture it again."
- Eric Dolphy

Just click the shutter to the moment in the life of my family.
Definitely I heard the kind of music while clicking these moments, unposed, unstaged moments exists there.
It's like Jazz, the improvisations in Jazz. If I missed it, it’s gone in the air, I can never capture it again, as Eric Dolphy said.


I lost my father who had stage four lung cancer in 2017 (Dad with Lung Cancer).
When I organized my father's belongings at my parents' house, I found so many pictures of my childhood my mother took, and I had never seen most of them before..

Me and sister, 1978, from my mother's archives
Me, sister and father, 1979, from my mother's archives
Me and my friends, 1980, from my mother's archives
Me, 1980, from my mother's archives
Father and me, 1980, from my mother's archives
Me and my friend, 1983, from my mother's archives

 Pictures of my childhood, from my mother's archives.

After that, I'm summarizing these photographs as an on-going project to show my mother who are alone in the parents house, and above all, I'm trying to increase the time of parent-child communication through these photographs with my three daughters, and to improve thier self-esteem.

They show me such beautiful moments, I think it’s a gift, the gift of beautiful moment they gave, these extreme gifts appear in front of me, I can’t help but catch them.
Capturing the moment is the same as street photography. I try to capture it from a viewpoint beyond the personal space to share it with viewers like street photography.

If someone ask me "Are these photos then art, or life?", I want to say that ‘life is art’. I never called my photography ‘art’, but definitely, they show me what I feel art to be.



Yumeji, PIC Guam Hotel, 9F, Tumon, Guam, Aug 2011
Yumeji and friends, Tsujido, Fujisawa, Dec 2011
Yumeji, Komachi, Kamakura, Dec 2011
Yumeji and Chika, Togendai, Hakone, July 2012
Yumeji and her friend Chinatsu, Sakurayama, Zushi, Sep 2012
Yumeji and Cherry, New Year's Day, Omachi, Kamakura, Jan 2013
Yumeji, Sagami Sansen Park, Ebina, Aug 2013
Yumeji, Lake Yamanakako, Yamanashi, Aug 2013
Yumeji, Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan 2014
Yumeji and Cherry, Omachi, Kamakura, Feb 2014
Yumeji, Komachi, Kamakura, June 2014
Kotoyo's first day, Komachi, Kamakura, Nov 2014
Cherry, Yumeji and Kotoyo, Omachi, Kamakura, Dec 2014
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Yumeji, Zushi Beach, Shinjuku, Zushi, Feb 2015
Yumeji, Hinamatsuri, Myohonji Temple, Omachi, Kamakura, Mar 2015 | One Two Three
Yumeji, Hinamatsuri, Myohonji Temple, Omachi, Kamakura, Mar 2015
Kotoyo, four months old, Omachi, Kamakura, Apr 2015
Kotoyo, the first experience of pool, Omachi, Kamakura, July 2015
Yumeji, Omachi, Kamakura, Aug 2015 | One Two Three
Yumeji, Halloween, Fuji, Shizuoka, Oct 2015
Yumeji, Omachi, Kamakura, Mar 2016
Kotoyo, Omachi, Kamakura, Mar 2016 | One Two Three
Kotoyo, Kailua, Hawaii, Mar 2016
Kotoyo, Omachi, Kamakura, May 2016
Chika, Omachi, Kamakura, June 2016
Yumeji and Kotoyo, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Aug 2016
Yumeji and Kotoyo, Omachi, Kamakura, Sep 2016
Kotoyo and Yumeji, Shichigosan, Omachi, Kamakura, Nov 2016
Kotoyo and Yumeji, Shichigosan, Kamakuragu Shrine, Nikaido, Kamakura, Nov 2016
Kotoyo and Yumeji, Christmas Day, Omachi, Kamakura, Dec 2016
Hikono, 3170 grams, Komachi, Kamakura, Jan 2017
The first portrait shot with our new family, Komachi, Kamakura, Jan 2017
Hikono and Kotoyo, Omachi, Kamakura, Feb 2017
Miru and Hikono, Sengokuhara, Hakone, June 2017
Kagome Kagome, Omachi, Kamakura, Nov 2017 | One Two Three
Kotoyo, Chika, and Hikono, Omachi, Kamakura, Dec 2017
Hikono, the first birthday, Omachi, Kamakura, Jan 2018
Hikono, after Hinamatsuri, Omachi, Kamakura, Mar 2018
Hikono, hit her mouth on the rocking horse, Omachi, Kamakura, Mar 2018
Three Sisters, Omachi, Kamakura, Mar 2018
Kotoyo, Omachi, Kamakura, Mar. 2018
Yumeji and Kotoyo, Hitosugi, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Apr 2018
Hikono, staying at home, Omachi, Kamakura, Apr 2018
Yumeji and Hikono, Myohonji Temple, Omachi, Kamakura, Ma 2018
Three Sisters, Myohonji Temple, Omachi, Kamakura, June 2018
Three Sisters and friends, Myohonji Temple, Omachi, Kamakura, June 2018
Tanabata, Three sisters, Kanagawa Children’s Medical Center, Mutsukawa, Yokohama, July 2018 | One Two Three
Kotoyo, Omachi, Kamakura, July 2018
Hikono, Sengokuhara, Hakone, Aug 2018
Hikono and Chika, Omachi, Kamakura, Aug 2018 | One Two Three
Three Sisters, Omachi, Kamakura, Aug 2018
Hikono, staying at home, the first experience of Pizza, Omachi, Kamakura, Sep 2018
Three Sisters, reading "Naomi's Special Gift", Omachi, Kamakura, Nov 2018
Kotoyo and Hikono, Omachi, Kamakura, Nov 2018
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