Do you remember the moment you fell in love with it?
Well, I was born in Japan, but my family moved to France when I was 9. I came back to Japan ten years ago and I had a crew of friends with whom I was doing a lot of events, deejaying and partying. Tokyo is a real 24-hour city so, you know, that was my life for a couple of years… And then, I started questioning if I could really survive here because the city has a lot of energy and I find it hard to sit at home and just relax.. It’s one thing when you’re 16,17, 18 years old, but at the time I was 33…I was getting to the limit of what I could handle. And so, when one of my colleagues invited me up to Minakami, I just thought: ‘Wow, this place is amazing’. That was the moment I fell in love with it. And, the interesting thing is that in Japan, there isn’t really a culture of people having places in the countryside like in Western culture… It’s very limited. Even when people have places in the countryside, they tend to be near their neighbour’s houses. The most popular places will have restaurants, shopping malls and those kinds of things.