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Q: What was your childhood dream job?


Hiromi: I wanted to be a cat.

Q: What do you like?


Hiromi: I like to read… in Japanese. I like books. I mean real, physical, paper books, not digital books. Well, but I have never tried digital books, so I should not say that.


Q: What do you think about contemporary art?


Hiromi: I am in a love-hate relationship with contemporary art.

Q. How did you become an artist?

Hiromi: I decided to change my life when I was 30 while working for a company in Japan. Dominated by science, engineering and economics, I lived in a very different environment from art. However, my true ambition was to make art. Contrary to my ambition, I lived under the impression that becoming an artist, living in a foreign country, and communicating in English were all impossible, even though these were the things I really wanted to do. A change happened abruptly as I studied English. Noticing my improvements, I realized that I was the one who had been subconsciously limiting the possibility of myself. I started to seriously consider my possibilities and decided to come study art in the US. Retrospectively, I didn’t know what art was, nor what it means to be an artist, but I followed my instinct to support my potential. Now, being an artist and teaching art at a university. Solo shows, residencies, grants and fellowships came true. I am living the life I dreamt. I’d like to go beyond this by actively feeding and supporting my potential.


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