Open-Minded

I’ve been living in Tokyo for 15 years now. I studied and graduated from a university in Seoul but to be honest I wasn’t a big fan of Japanese culture, reading manga nor watching anime. That’s why when I first came here as an exchange student it was quite a shocking experience for me. I found out Japan is really advanced, the financial market is really big and the country’s actually four times larger than Korea! Upon graduation, I started my career in finance. After being in the finance industry for 11 years, currently my job is dealing with the stock exchange data in Korea and Japan.”


“When I visit other countries, I compare that country with Japan and Korea separately. Sometimes it’s not about good and bad but instead the simple difference between countries. I try to take advantage of the good things in a country and I want to absorb the good parts. I sometimes try to think about how I can change the bad parts of each country. Is there any way to contribute to my own country? Even in Japan I try to think of some things I can do to contribute.”

“Sometimes I feel like I’m foreign in both countries: in Japan I am a ‘gaijin’ (foreigner) and in Korea I also feel as if I am not Korean. Maybe that is why I want to travel the world and live in different countries. My ultimate goal is to live in another country, maybe Hong Kong and New York.”

“I just want to be open-minded, I don’t want to judge or be judged all the time. This is how I want to live. How I try to live.”

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Timfranklinphotography

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington Tim is currently living and working in metropolitan Tokyo, Japan. Heavily influenced from scenic vistas of the Pacific Northwest, Tim’s photographic style demonstrates the dichotomy between urban landscapes seamlessly fused with nature and seeks to show the beauty found in everyday life.

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