After being unable to visit Japan since 2019 because the borders were literally closed for two years, I finally visited my home away from home, Tokyo.
This trips intended purpose was as a location scouting trip. The amazing collaboration with Hello-o my name is… had blossomed and after the huge success of the first ‘Secret Agent Chase POV’ I had made, they wanted us to make another one, but this time in Japan! My dream of taking my team to my favourite country was becoming a reality, with plans to shoot in 2023, and I could not believe it.
I spent four weeks in Japan, two of which were travelling around the country visiting potential shoot locations for next years POV, planning potential choreography and making relationships with both the Hello team and MonPK, who are Japanese parkour friends and would be supporting the project.
Honestly going back to Japan after that break might turn out to be one of the most transformative moments of my life. I vividly remember taking a bus and realising, I have a whole second personality, a whole second secret life that I had forgotten in Japan.
That persona suddenly re-awoke and reminded me of both its existence and how much I love being that person in that place, and its likely this particular trip to Japan will be something I look back as a turning point forever.