Tengyo Kura

Chronicle of Vagabondism / When everybody wants to be somebody, I want to be nobody.

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Tengyo Kura

Tengyo Kura

1972
Born in the countryside of Japan, bred in Tokyo. Learned martial arts and cultural science.
2001
Crossed North America in all directions over a 2 year road trip. Met the locals like Native American, and experienced culture shock throughout the USA (including Alaska) and the Canadian Arctic.
2003
Learned of nomadic culture in Mongolia whilst teaching English in a university. Honored with a letter of appreciation from the city for activities supporting bereft children in Ulan Bator.
2004
Resided as an instructor at a law school in Sri Lanka until the Sumatra earthquake and subsequent tidal wave in December. Developed supportive activities from Japan afterwards.
2005
Lectured ‘Introduction to Modern Japanese Culture’ at a Norwegian university college for four years. Lead nearly 250 Norwegian students to Japan during tenure.
2008
Held Norway’s first retrospective of the atomic bomb, inviting speakers from Hiroshima that had experienced the radiation. In attendance was the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee and the president of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
2011
Taught Japanese at a high school in Latvia. Became the first non-Latvian to be nominated as ‘Best Teacher’ based on a student vote within all public schools of the capital of Riga.
2012
Moved to Goa, India.
2013
Participated in the world’s largest religious gathering ‘Maha Kumbh Mela’ (Allahabad, India) along with nearly 1 million others. Traveled around Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and had a chance to live with young activists in Malaysia. Visited in Nepal, and made photo stories.
2014
Stayed in Islam-speaking areas such as the Reublic of Turkey and the Kyrgyz Republic, and learned their life. Spent the summer in the Latvian capital of Riga (one of the EU-designated European Capitals of Culture) and was a participant artist in the ‘Paper Object Festival’.
2014-2016
Travelled around South America, came in contact with the culture and traditions of various South American nations as well as learned Spanish. Made photo stories about the South American journey.
2016
Gave lectures at a university and events, attended EU Cultural Envoy of Animation as an interpreter, planned and conducted some art and culture projects, held photo story exhibitions in Tokyo. Visited in Taiwan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and China for making photo stories.
2017
Carried out a regional collaboration program under the sponsorship of the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as a storyteller. Published a photo story work “The Tokyo Vagabond x Ueno” in forms of book and web on March 11th.
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