House : Tobu Nerima TOIRO
Kizunaya life：About 3 years
Dream/Challenge：To take a picture of what is as it is.
Hello! I’m Nawa-chan from Kizunaya family, and I love people taking on challenges and working hard. As for me, here is my second article as an interviewer. This time, I would like to take a closer look at the real face of “Tsukki,” who has been with Kizunaya for three years and is also the official photographer of Kizunaya.
Tsukki, with a soft-spoken and quiet impression, had always liked cameras before becoming an official photographer. Why did she start using a camera and start taking pictures of everyone?
Through the interview, I personally felt warmed by the thought, “So that’s why you were taking pictures!” After the interview, I asked her to take a picture of me, too!
After reading this interview, please take a look at Tsukki’s photos. I’m sure you’ll feel differently. So, here you go.
Interviewer: Nawa-chan ( hereinafter “Na”)
Family: Tsukki (hereinafter “Tsu”)
Na) I’d like to ask you some questions about Tsukiji! I have an image of Tsukki as being pretty quiet, but what kind of person do people in the share house actually say about you?
Tsu) When I asked the people in the share house, they said that at first glance I look quiet, but in fact I’m innocent and active. My unique goofy character is one of the things that people love about me, and when my goofy character comes out, everyone tells me “You TSUKIed.” lol I heard that I have a side of me that suddenly becomes calm when the people around me start joking.
Na) That’s the House family! They watch you very carefully! I’ll remember “I did TSUKIed.”!
I’ve heard that you’ve been living in a share house for about three years now, and I’d like you to tell me about your daily life. .
Tsu) In the share house, I’m usually in the living room, chatting with everyone. We drink tea or coffee together, eat dinner together, play card games or board games…. We also have a girl who can play the guitar, so we often sing together. I really like cooking and eating with other people, rather than cooking and eating by myself!
One of the best things about living in a share house is that although everyone is free, you can enjoy and be accepted by everyone. There are people sleeping, studying, and various other people in the same space, but there’s a great sense of ease. It’s a very comfortable space where you feel like you’re living as you are.
Na) That’s nice. When I look at the pictures you took, I can see the daily life of everyone, and I can really feel how comfortable they seem to be! I heard that you want to work hard on your photography, but why did you decide to start?
Tsu) I used to take pictures with my iPhone and looked back at them as often as I could, so I really liked photography, but actually, I’ve had the camera I bought for about two years dormant. Haha.
Na) Oh! Why is that? I would be so excited that I would open it right away. (laughs)
Tsu) I started photography in earnest as an ambassador last November, but originally it was more of a sense of convenience for me rather than a love of cameras, and I had no skills at all.
However, when Social Media became popular, I felt very uncomfortable because there were so many people in the world with fixed expressions and fixed poses. So I wanted to take pictures of people as they really are! “I love the natural moments of everyday life, and I want to capture them.” That’s when I started learning about cameras.
Even before I had a camera, I used to feel a crush on everyday things, like this moment is good, and I used to take pictures of those moments with a camera of my mind, but now I feel frustrated that my camera skills haven’t caught up.
Na) It’s not that you wanted to start a camera, it’s just that there were so many moments in your daily life that you wanted to capture, so you chose a camera as a means! Is there anything you are conscious of in order to take such pictures?
Tsu) I don’t say “cheese” when I take a picture. I try to take pictures while we’re talking together, and I’m conscious of taking pictures of moments without setting up!
Na) You’re right! If someone says “cheese” to me, I’ll make a nice face. haha What is the appeal of photography for you?
Tsu) Well, picutures can capture what you are or it is. Actually, there was a time in the past when I had a hard time accepting my true self. Especially before I entered university, I only saw the rails that were laid out for me, as I think about it now. But then I went to a guesthouse for the first time, and it was really wonderful. Seeing the way of life of so many people made me think that it was okay to be free. From there, it became interesting to meet people and I started living in a share house.
What I mean by “just as you are” is not necessarily the way you look without any makeup on, but rather the way each person is, or the way they want to be accepted for who they are, and I think the appeal of photography is that it can capture these things.
Na) That’s very nice. When you are lacking in confidence, looking at the smiles of your past self can really cheer you up. If you were to take a picture now, who would you choose? Also, who would you like to take pictures of in the future?
Tsu) My family first! There are times when I wish things were different with my family, but when I look back at photos of them when I was small, I can feel with my own eyes that they loved me, and I really like being able to vividly remember the situation and emotions of the moment. I really like that feeling of being able to feel the love that transcends time. So after taking pictures of my own family, I would like to take pictures of other families. Someday, I hope I can increase the number of people who feel the same way I do.
Na) Nice! It’s hard to take family photos unless you’re conscious of it, and now that I’ve heard about Tsukki’s thoughts, I want to have them taken by you.
Tsu) There are times when I’m not in high spirits, but when I see everyone’s smiling face, I feel positive and feel like “I want to capture this moment!”.
Na) That’s very nice. I’m sure it makes people happy to be taken pictures by such a wonderful photographer! I hope you’ll continue to take lots of pictures of people as they really are! I’m looking forward to seeing your work!
Kizunaya sharehouse official photographer・Natsuki Suzuyama（Tsukki）
She planned to leave Tobu Nerima TOIRO within 6 months, but found herself so comfortable that she has been living there for 3 years. She has been involved in Kizunaya events and support at TOIRO, and is currently working as an official camera ambassador. She loves people and values “a space filled with smiles where you can be yourself.” She usually works at the front desk of a hotel in Tokyo. If you want to see more of Tsuki’s photos, please visit here.