Name: Gai 

Hometown: Detroit Michigan   

Work: Travel Organizer, dancer and Tiquando athlete   


Q: What brought you to Japan? 

A: I was afraid of Godzila, and I thought if I learned Japanese I could talk to Godzilla. I had fun with the culture and wanted to be able to talk to Japanese people.  


Q: How has living in a different country changed your life?  

A: It’s nothing like what I’m used to, everything I’ve learned in the states I had to somewhat unlearn. I rearranged my morals and common sense and it’s really helped me be able to see two sides of the same coin. It’s made me much more emotionally intelligent and be able to interact with people from other places.  


Q: What advice do you have for Black youth and creatives? 

A: There is a lack of awareness in sending people abroad and for black people to go due to fear or assumption. It’s a risk going anywhere in the world or doing anything, but it’s a risk to take. Talk to people and socialize, it’s about willpower and dedication. It is worth it and will change your whole life and help you discover what you want to do in life. Do you. Society forces you to be normal, but you’re born different. Normal is conformity, you should embrace your difference and your inner self to the world that is who you’re going to love.