The religion of Shintō, particularly practised in Japan, dedicates itself to life and nature. Here and now is what counts and death plays no decisive role. That’s why I chose the topic of Shintō illustrating what the notion of life means to me.
One year ago, I visited Japan and was filled with happiness. For me, life is about happiness. I took a photograph of two women in traditional japanese Kimonos who seemed to enjoy the moment – there and then, in a Shintō temple in the middle of Tōkyō during the Hanami festival. Combining the lanterns of the temple and those lovely women in my illustration made me relive the happiness I felt in that very special moment.