Since leaving Osaka, Japan in 1997, I have been translating my personal vision of New York City into photographs and videos. The candy-colored, saturated playground of images that I create is how I have imagined New York would look like since I was a child, having grown up with American television from the 1950s and 60s in Japan. Despite the reality of the at times gritty city, my art work has allowed me to preserve my memories of my imagined America and explore the melting pot that is my new home.