I was raised in Roppongi, Tokyo. My parent sent me to the American School in Japan and grew up bilingual in English and Japanese. I moved to Australia in 1981 and studied philosophy and writing at Toorak College in Melbourne.
I started my career in journalism in as a researcher and photographer for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers’ Tokyo Bureau. In 1996 I began working as a freelance photographer and later a performance maker.