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The gallery will be welcoming Yoshimi Harada to talk about her works.
The first time I ever saw a wild Siberian flying squirrel (Sciuridae) was in March 2016 in the subfreezing air of Hokkaido. I was touched by its cute, adorable appearance, with its large eyes glittering in the dim light, and its head and body twisting to get out from the small tree hollow. I instantly fell head over heels in love with this national treasure.
No sooner did the squirrels emerge from their hollows than they took flight and glided off into the darkness. Maybe it was just an illusion...?
No, even an illusion would be fine. I want to see them again!
My life changed in that instant and ever since I’ve been travelling to find squirrels. Now, all year long, I’m chasing down the squirrels in Japan. I admire the way they run around freely and put every ounce of energy into their daily lives even though they are often threatened by the ever-changing environment and natural predators.
I came across a squirrel, it captivated me, and I fell in love. Every time I see them, I discover a side I have never seen before. I ended up in taking pictures avidly as I want to know more about them and get closer to them. I hope that the gestures and expressions of the squirrels will let you feel the scents of the seasons, the air of the forest, and last but not at least the charm of the squirrels.
Born in Tokyo in 1985 and continues to live there to this day. Graduated from Kitasato University with a major in Genesiology, Department of Animal Resource Science, School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. After graduating from the university, she worked as an embryologist for three years in the medical field because of her love for cells. In 2014, when she was lost in her life looking for something to be absorbed in, she came across a collection of beautiful underwater photos. Inspired by this collection, she started to get into photography in autumn of the same year. In March 2016, she had a life-changing encounter with a wild Siberian flying squirrel. This experience reminded her of her love for animals and inspired her to start photographing squirrels living in Japan.