“I’m a Tokyo-based bilingual voice actress and actor, originally from London, in the UK. In university, I had the option of doing a joint-degree, or what they call a double major in the States. I chose Computing with Japanese Language & Modern Society, which also gave me the chance to spend a year in Tokyo as a student. Before choosing my degree, a small crazy voice in my head said to study Japanese and attend a voice acting school in Japan, so that’s what I did!
“Up until March 2015, for the last five years, I’ve been acting primarily in Japanese. It’s only recently that I’ve started doing theatre and voice acting in English again.
You can hear my voice on the safety video of VIP Liner (a night bus), a realist painting introduction video at Hoki Museum in Chiba prefecture as well as a product introduction video for a female stockings company. You can also see me on stage in the Japanese production `The Crucible’ later this year.”
“What I like about Japan is all the traditional arts; the things that make this country unique, which ironically, a lot of Japanese people aren’t so interested or know much about it any more. They look too much to the West now. A lot of traditional arts are not being passed onto the next generation as before and so the current younger generation have been losing interest in things like tea ceremony or katsuben (活弁). I’ve noticed that in a few decades, an entire generation is going to disappear, taking with it a lot of unique skills in Japanese arts, culture, textiles, and woodwork.
And while Japan is an advanced nation in terms of transportation and standard of living—they adore the glitz and glamour of the West, especially regarding food and fashion—when it comes to serious social issues or life events, more times than not, they are super conservative, old fashioned and resistant.
“A simple example is the logo that was chosen for Tokyo Olympics. While there’s a lot of fanfare about Japan connecting with the world and being global, the logo itself is incredibly simple and could be considered boring even. It doesn’t inspire or evoke a sense of international connection compared with the other three choices. I feel that the design aptly reflects Japanese society’s resistance to disrupt peace and harmony, even if it’s at the cost of progress or innovation.”