Growing up in Japan, I adored American films from the 1950s and ‘60s. The George Lucas classic American Graffiti made a significant impression. My projects reflect this influence as I recreate that characteristic vibrancy and hyper-saturation of color as a nostalgic throwback to what was then my future dream of America. As a resident of New York City since 1997, living in various neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn, I find the established cultures within my new homes – the Dominican population in Washington Heights, barbershop culture in Bed-Stuy, a senior home in Crown Heights – and photographs the color, joy and life of the people who came from diverse communities around the world to become Americans in this city.