Born on May 8th 1954 in Hokkaido and raised by his Ainu grandmother, Kenji Matsuda grew up ashamed of his Ainu roots. He spent most of his youth pretending he was Japanese, until moving to Lake Akan to look after his father’s shop after he died.
He has since spent his time trying to help to revitalise the Ainu culture that the Japanese government tried to wipe out at the turn of the last century. To find out more about his life and the Ainu people and culture, come to my exhibition ‘Master- An Ainu Story’ showing at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Russell Square until 15th December. Click link in bio for more info.