The Hero’s Journey of Hiroshi Mehata

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Since all my works are based on improvisation, It’s the most exciting moment to be able to make work that sometimes exceeds my intention. Everything is a collaborative effort with the accident.

What is my idea of happiness? happiness is not which be given from someone or something, also it is not which you reach with something conditions. It is which you find in your life under your own decision. It is to accept your own weaknesses. Be free yourself from the beliefs that have been set automatically by the ideas (or intention) and environments of others and become yourself. I think happiness is in some kind of imperfection.

What is my greatest fear? I am not afraid of death or the structure of the world. The most dreadful are people’s minds which seeks to hurt others by the desire of vanity. And a sudden call from another person.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Which I am too kind to others and which compassion cannot be abandoned even for a cowardly person. It sometimes leads to cruelty. Sometimes the temporary cruelty can be a true kindness.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? After some experience, now I became not to set my hero. By having it too much, you will live “the life of others” with “the longing = the envy” rather than yourself. If I dare to give you one, Zeami.

What is my greatest extravagance? It’s when I’m working in my studio. It is the ultimate bliss to make work by facing myself. When I can know the world I didn’t know. Also, When I encountered an expressive difficulty in my field. It most inspires and burns my heart.

On what occasion would I lie? When talking story more interestingly or more making people laugh. When you need to prevent embarrassing or sad of others. For more entertaining others.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? It’s when I can’t follow other common rules. also, when I can’t stick to “professional” which is under the general image.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? First-day performance of my first overseas music tour in Australia.

If I could, what would I change about myself? If possible, I wanted to study higher education at university. Especially folklore, history, religion, geopolitics.

What is my greatest achievement in work? It’s that I was able to release my music album. From the Berlin record label in 2011. then miraculously I could have my first solo art exhibition in Spain through music activity.

Where would I most like to live? Spain, Bali of Indonesia, Australia, Denmark, or Kyoto.

What is my most treasured possession? There are many ideas and feelings in my brain and heart. This cannot be robbed by anyone.

What is my most marked characteristic? I can combine ideas from other disciplines without prejudice. I am not dependent on the scene or people’s conservative ideas more than necessary, so I am free to think about things.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? If limited to Tokyo, Meiji Shrine, and Nihonbashi.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Seafood bowl restaurant in Hamamatsucho, Chinese restaurant in Roppongi.

What books influenced my life and how? Taro Okamoto “The curse of Beauty”

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen to on my last day? Beach Boys /wouldn’t it be nice

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Anne of Green Gables, Amaterasu Okami(goddess of sun)

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Oda Nobunaga, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Genghis Khan, Kukai, and, All the ordinary people who live honestly.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Last emperor

What role plays art in my life and work? Changing the perspective of your world. Knowing what you didn’t know with new perspectives. Freeing your senses from the stereotypes of the growing environment and the influence of others, and giving hints to follow your own mind.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? I agree with it. The very thing to live in is yourself. You do not exist at a fixed moment, but the real feeling is that you are a continuous and ever-changing you.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, a partner in crime? It’s all people who met by chance.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020? Fashion industry, publishing, sound technology, cultural exchange group, gamelan music group

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2020? Galleries, museum officials, publishers, app developers, audio equipment developers, fashion officials

What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on? Artbook creation, music set refinement, application development, digital artwork creation, product production, and streaming concert

Where can you see me or my work in 2020? You can watch music and performances on the website, or sometimes on streaming concerts.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It all depends on your antenna. Depending on your encounter and interest, all passions will burn instantly. It doesn’t matter the age.

How can you contact me? You can contact us via the website or FACEBOOK.

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