I was born and raised in Japan, however three years spent in New York during my primary school days changed my life. After graduating from university in Tokyo I left Japan to live in Australia. I made Sydney my home, married and have a daughter who is ready to explore a new culture as I did. After 40 years in Australia I decided to spend some time in Japan remembering how good it was for me to experience different culture in New York.
It was good for me revisiting my old home. It took a while for the photographer part of my soul to react to the scenery around me but gradually I reconnected with my Japanese roots. My photographic eye had become hungry to feed my heart with the nostalgic Japanese landscape that's ingrained in every Japanese person's psyche. Although my photographic eye might have become a bit of an expat's having been away for so long, my heart was responding more and more to the Japanese scenery with a deep feeling of nostalgia.
I have written haiku to go with every image that reflects my emotional journey through Japan. In expressing my response to each image I hope it will enable you to not only enjoy the image but also to encourage you to create your own world from the images. Haiku is a style of poetry that goes back to the 17th century Japan, particularly known through the work of Matsuo Basho who traveled around Japan composing haiku. English haiku, 5-7-5 syllables like Japanese haiku, or shorter in 3 simple short lines, is now widely enjoyed by many people all over the world.
I produced and published a similar style photographic book LIGHT MOODS SOUTH on New Zealand's South Island, which was considered as one of the best 100 books in New Zealand by local Listener Magazine in 2011. It has haiku accompanying 50 landscape photographs from the South Island.
My Japan book will be a very personal and emotional photographic journey for me, but I hope that the photographs and haiku in the book will stir the hearts of many.
EXHIBITIONS and PRIZES
1983 Opera House 10th Anniversary Exhibition (group exhibition) Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1993 Australia Foreign Correspondent Club, Tokyo
1993 Emotion Live Stills Gallery, Sydney
1996 Australian Theatre Festival Canberra
1998 Into the Light Qantas Club, Sydney Airport
2000 Light Moves The Gallery Cafe, Sydney
2001 Nikon/Panorama Photographers Contest 2nd prize Australia
2003 My Australia & New Zealand Kinokuniya Gallery, Sydney
2005 South Island of New Zealand Fuji Photo Salon, Tokyo
2006 South Island of New Zealand Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
2006 In Transit (group exhibition) Alliance Francaise, Sydney
2007 Lovers (group exhibition) Alliance Francaise, Sydney
2007 Light Moods South The Forrester Gallery, Oamaru, New Zealand
2007 Light Moods South Millennium Art Gallery, Blenheim, New Zealand
2007 South Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), Christchurch
2008 Light Moods South Amisfield Winery, Queenstown, New Zealand
2008 South The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2009 Fine Art Auction 2009 (group exhibition) CoCA, Christchurch
2009 Light Moods South Temple Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
2009 Light Moods South Southland Museum & Art Gallery, Invercargill, New Zealand
2009 Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand) Queenstown Airport, New Zealand
2009 Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand) Sydney & Christchurch Airports
2010 Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand) Sydney & Christchurch Airports
2011 Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand) Sydney & Christchurch Airports
2011 LIGHT MOODS SOUTH (South Island of New Zealand) book published
2011 LIGHT MOODS SOUTH considered as one of the best 100 books by Listener Magazine in New Zealand
2012 Tsutaya Books Daikanyama Tokyo exhibition and book launch
2013 LIGHT MOODS SOUTH Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland Festival of Photography New Zealand
2013 Cliff to Clay (group exhibition) NZ Academy of Fine Arts Wellington
2013 Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand) Sydney & Auckland Airports
2014 Koru Lounge (Air New Zealand) Sydney & Auckland Airports
2014 MikiNobu Komatsu Selected Works Black Eye Gallery, Sydney
2014 appeared in YourDailyPhotograph.com Duncan Miller Gallery USA
2014 LIGHT MOODS SOUTH Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney
2016 Click! (group exhibition) Badger & Fox Gallery, Sydney