I’ll always remember, during my first trip, this feeling when exiting the subway at Shibuya ; to be able to see, smell, ear what I only knew through a screen or pages of a book.
Buildings covered with giants ads and colorful signs as far as one can see, the crowd moving in every directions, the smell of a takoyaki kart at the corner of the street (popular ball-shaped Japanese dumpling with octopus), people taking picture in front of Hachiko's statue (famous dog in Japan, remembered for waiting every day during almost ten years at Shibuya’s station after his owner’s death), that sound so typical by the crosswalk.
All these emotions gave me the desire to translate in pictures and painting this trip and discoveries; to share with the audience all the exaltation I felt at that moment.
Like many in my generation, my childhood has been filled with images, sounds, colors, graphic and cinematographic writings linked to the Japanese culture.
Starting with TV shows and the discovery of my firsts cartoons, through video games and some rare untranslated manga publications at the time, I’ve quickly been intrigued by this culture and, with time, I naturally turned to other medias such as Akira Kurosawa's and Takeshi Kitano's movies or more recently Ryūhei Kitamura and Hirokazu Kore-eda but also to various dramas aired on Japanese TV.