Photographer. While continuing to traverse the boundary between art and documentary with large-format photographs (such as 8×10) projecting unique images on topical subjects, in recent years he has been focusing on the distinctive landscapes of polar regions in Alaska and Iceland, photographing glaciers, pipelines, and “gold rush” related motifs. Received the Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan in 2004, and a fellowship for overseas study from the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2011. The photo book Pipeline Iceland / Alaska(Kodansha, 2013), a compilation of early works, won the Higashikawa New Photographer Award in 2014. He also won the Steidl Book Award Japan in 2016 and will publish his new book Gold Rush Alaska from Steidl, Germany, later in 2018.
Kyoko Iwaki is a JSPS Post-Doctoral researcher affiliated with Waseda University. Currently, she is also a part-time lecturer at Chuo University. Kyoko obtained a PhD in Theatre from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2017. After her completion of PhD, she became a Visiting Scholar at The Segal Center, The City University of New York. Kyoko is a specialist in Japanese contemporary theatre, who conducts research at the intersection of sociology, performance studies, critical theory, post-colonial studies, new materialism and animal studies. For the past fifteen years, she has worked also as a theatre journalist, contributing to media outlets such as Asahi Shimbun Newspaper. In 2015, she was appointed the Chief Director of Scene/Asia project: a pan-Asian researcher’s platform consisted of partners from five Asian regions. Her publications include, Japanese Theatre Today: Theatrical Imaginations of Eight Contemporary Practitioners (Tokyo: Film Art Publishing, 2018 in Japanese).She has also contributed a chapter (chapters) to Fukushima and the Arts: Negotiating Nuclear Disaster(London, Routledge, 2016) and A History of Japanese Theatre(Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Toshiro Inaba, M.D.
Born in Kumamoto, 1979. Cardiologist and Research Associate at the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine of the University of Tokyo Hospital, specializing in cardiac catheterization and congenital heart diseases. Inaba is also involved in home medical care and mountain medicine. In addition to Western medicine, he also has expertise with traditional medicine, complementary and alternative medicine, and folk medicine. Since the East Japan Great Earthquake of 2011, he has initiated discussions with people from other fields aspiring to create a new society. He has authored articles in various journals and written publications including “Inochi o Yobisamasu Mono” (Anonima Studio) and “Korokoro Suru Karada” (Shunjusha).