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Biography

Hiroko MASUDA

Born in Tokyo, Japan

Lives & Works in Paris, since 2007

With several years of experience in the same industry in Japan, I finally got my hands on a job in Paris in 2007. I have been here since.

At the age of 40, I reached a crossroad in my life. I had to make a decision. Should I continue to work at my company or resign? I thought of it over and over. Finally, I decided to leave the French gaming company that I belonged to. I admit, It was a tough choice. For the obvious reason that a foreigner at my age might have a difficult time of building a new career. However, I felt embarrassed staying in my comfort zone without much enthusiasm anymore.

As a kindergartener, I loved to draw original princesses, ignoring the assignments given to me in drawing class. I would put on boys' shoes while cutting my hair very short. Looking back, when I was in high school in Japan, some people think I was weird. Teachers were disappointed with my decision to study Fine Arts in the university. I was tired of the uniformity of trends and values around me.

 

Living abroad has been a childhood dream of mine. I wanted to live in a place where I can be my true and better self, doing what I liked.

When I went abroad for the first time as a high school student, the adults I met there often asked me, "What is your dream?" They encouraged me, and that was a turning point for me, and since then I have focused on what I really want to do.

 

I'm attracted to things and places where humans once dwelt through the overlap of time. 

 

Ever since I was a student, I've been really interested in what stirs my heart. And I've been moved forward by such things, people, and experiences.

 

Now, I want to be someone who has such a power .

パリにあるゲーム会社で働くために2007年に労働ビザを取得し来仏。

以来、パリで生活している。

40歳、会社員として続けていくのか、会社を辞めようか悩んでいた。結局、10年間勤めた会社を辞めた。

やっと見つけたフランスでの職を手放し、新しいことを始めるには不安があった。

けれど、熱意なく居続けることに納得できなかったし、今、動かずにいつ動くのかという思いが、わたしを前進させた。

 

幼少時に通っていたお絵かき教室ではいつもお姫様を描いていた。髪を短くして男子用のスニーカーを履いたりした。

10代は、変わってると言わたり、画一的な流行りや価値観を押し付けられることに窮屈を感じていた。

「好き」と自分にとっての生きやすさを選ぶため、物心ついた頃から海外に行きたかった。

 

高校生で初めて日本を出た時、そこで出会った大人たちに「あなたの夢は何?」と訊かれ、励まされたことが転機となり、

以降は自分が本当にしたいことに集中する。

 

人の息吹や時間の重なりを感じるものに魅力を感じる。

 

学生の頃から「揺り動かす力」の存在に興味があった。そういうものや人、体験に揺り動かされてきて今の自分がある。

 

誰かの揺り動かす力となりたい。

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