Growing up between the Pacific Northwest and Japan, what were your formative experiences of nature like? Do you have early plant memories or encounters that have shaped your sensibility?
I would say I was granted vastly different experiences. One being an extreme city kid life and another being time in the most stunning presence of nature. I adore moss, which thrives on the peninsula in Washington State and is obviously significant all over Japan. I feel very connected to the ocean. We spent time on the Oregon coast every year with the Pacific Ocean as our backyard and growing up partially in Tokyo and having spent time all over Japan, it is impossible to not have a relationship with water. Though I live in NYC and wouldn’t trade it for anything, nature has always brought me perspective and calm - it is absolutely crucial.
What has your experience living in the US and abroad taught you about the different cultural norms guiding human relationships with plants?
I think wherever we reside, our disembodiment is proportional to the amount we take plant life and nature for granted, dismiss, reject and destroy it.