After arriving in Japan I had a couple of weeks to prepare the works, organise mounting, liaise with Gallery 80 and develop my self-styled ‘black box’ multimedia construction. Time was pressing but with lots of kind and well timed help we had everything organised. Special thanks to Aki-san, Tanaka Shin-san, and gallery visitor turned assistant Minachan.

On the way to Tokyo and in Toyama I shot a fair bit of footage and took a good few snaps too… it was a fantastic feeling to be on the Shinkansen again (with bento box and Wonda coffee – ‘the start of a great day’) tunnelling through the Nihon Alps and cruising over the bright green tanbo rice fields.