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I made my way to this “island of firearms and rockets” because I had heard tell of the yokayomejo (local
dialect for a “beautiful, good natured woman”). But, what caught my eye when I landed were these high
school girls racing around on Honda Cubs. I couldn’t believe what I saw.
“Whose motorcycle is that?”
“So … was it a present from someone?”
“No, it was bought and paid for (cause I needed it).”
“Do you like the Super Cub?”
“Yea, everyone rides it.”
“What do you like about the Cub?”
“It’s got horsepower and gears, and it’s cute.”
Known for being strong-willed and reliable workers, the women of Tanegashima are considered the best
choice for a bride amongst the nearby islands. I feel I got a glimpse of that in seeing these tough high
school girls who have paired up with the “cute” Honda Cub.
Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1968. Became a freelance photographer in 1999 when he opened a photo studio with his wife. Takes portraits, landscapes and photos of performing arts, teaches and lectures about photography, and writes for photography magazines for a living. In recent years, has exhibited works that express mankind’s universal relationship with the natural environment at photo-art festivals in France and elsewhere.