Before I moved to Berlin, I could barely place it on a map. I was living in a small apartment that I could hardly afford in the suburbs of Tokyo, juggling a part-time job and freelance work — and feeling stuck.
Fast forward to Berlin, 2015. I start to notice more Japanese people in the city, but somehow I have very few Japanese friends. I start to wonder: Who are they? Why are they here? What do they do? Are they here to stay?
I used this university project as an opportunity to connect with the Japanese community in Berlin. Not surprisingly, most of the people I came across were people in the creative world — it was actually harder to find someone with an office job. That says something about Berlin: it’s a city where creative people can live without having to apologize for the way they live.