Name: Zane (Street Jizo) 

Hometown: USA 

Work: Creator 


Q: What brought you to Japan? 

A: I worked at a smoothie shop next to Madison Square Garden, and many people would come in and say they had the best experience of their life. So I’d ask what they did, and they would say they went abroad. I heard this thousands of times, and I was thinking that people are saying that when they go out of the country they had the best time of their life. So, I decided I was going out of the country, but I was wondering where I should go. Throughout my whole life, I always had an interest in Chinese and Japanese culture. So I was deciding which country I should go to, and then my friend showed me this movie called 13 Assassins and the sounds of Japanese were very beautiful as well, so I was like let’s go to Japan.  


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

A: Coming from America and through experiencing Japanese culture you see how you have come to be because of the experiences you have in a specific environment. So a lot of things that I have experienced in the US would manifest in my experiences in Japan. I lived in the countryside when I first came here, and people were looking at me all of the time. I resorted back to the experiences I had in the US where people would look at you in the store and would think that you were stealing,  but the Japanese people have literally never seen a Black person before, so they were just very curious what a Black person actually looks like. So that really helped me to realize that I am made from where I come from, and that allowed me to start uncovering more things about myself and explore who I was as a person.  


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

A: If you know what you want to do, or you have a feeling you should try something, go for it. This is your life. Only you have to deal with the repercussions, so follow what you think is best.