I was born in a small coal-mining village in 1967, in Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan. I lived there until I was 18. My first picture was of a plastic model tank, taken with my father’s camera, a Minolta Hi-Matic. After college in Kyoto, I performed as a club DJ while working as a manual labourer. In 1991 I roamed New Orleans for three months with a Canon Autoboy, then returned to Japan and got a job with a cement manufacturer working in tunnel construction. I then bought a Leica M6 and began photographing the places I worked. After 18 years, I quit my job and am now a freelance photographer based in my hometown Yamaguchi.